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Weblogs in Education. New Jersey Association of School Administrators TECHSPO 2004 Conference January 29, 2004. Agenda. Welcome & Intros Objectives Blogging Basics: Confessions of a Newbie Best-Practice Blogs: an Interactive * Tour Q&A. * - Simulated via screen shots . Objectives.

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Weblogs in education

Weblogs in Education

New Jersey Association of School Administrators

TECHSPO 2004 ConferenceJanuary 29, 2004


Agenda
Agenda

  • Welcome & Intros

  • Objectives

  • Blogging Basics: Confessions of a Newbie

  • Best-Practice Blogs: an Interactive* Tour

  • Q&A

* - Simulated via screen shots

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Objectives
Objectives

Knowledge

Describe Blogs

List main parts

Blog Models

Comprehension

Explain Use

Discuss Issues

Building Blogs

Application

Live* Blogs

Key Trends

Resources

* - Simulated via screen shots

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Kevin jarrett technology facilitator k 8 northfield community school
Kevin Jarrett Technology Facilitator, K-8Northfield Community School

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Blogging basics confessions of a newbie
Blogging Basics: Confessions of a Newbie

  • Blogs: a working definition

  • How I got started

  • Fascinations & frustrations

  • Where I am now

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Blogs a working definition
Blogs: a Working Definition

  • Blogs are websites, in a journal format, that present content in a way that promotes group collaboration

  • Blogs use simple forms to make adding content (“publishing”) very easy

  • Knowledge of HTML helpful (not required)

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Blogs a working definition1
Blogs: a Working Definition

  • Components:

    • Blogging software (web or local server)

    • Template (formatting, layout)

    • Posts (content)

    • Hosting (yours or theirs)

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How i got started
How I Got Started

  • Wanted an easy way to update my site

  • Researched, chose Blogger.com

  • Taught myself how to modify templates using Dreamweaver

  • Soon began envisioning classroom applications

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Web log characteristics
Web Log Characteristics

  • Posts are in reverse chronological order…most recent first.

  • Updated on a regular basis, sometimes daily

  • Most Web logs are written in an informal, first person style and are filled with opinion.

  • Most hyperlink to or reference news and information from other sites; many connections.

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Web log characteristics1
Web Log Characteristics

  • Primarily text, but Web logs can include all sorts of multimedia files

  • Invite comment and interaction from readers

  • Searchable archives

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Masthead

Dateline

Blogroll

Links

Comments

Posts

Hypertext

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Fascinations frustrations
Fascinations & Frustrations

EASY to create, use & maintain

Professional look

Innovative technology

Many Blog services

Template editing

Server downtime?

Many Blog services

Acceptable Use issues?

The Good

The Bad & The Ugly

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Where i am now
Where I Am Now

  • Currently maintain four Blogs

  • Primary educational application is a technology resource portal for fellow teachers in my K-8 district

  • 4th grade class collaborative blogging project completed last November

  • Considering using Blogs for teacher pages, special projects, school website

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Will richardson supervisor of instructional technology hunterdon central regional high school
Will Richardson Supervisor of Instructional TechnologyHunterdon Central Regional High School

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Why weblogs
Why Weblogs?

Weblogs have a number of characteristics that make them interesting as classroom tools.

  • Easy to create—most blogging software packages come with ready made professional looking designs that you can personalize if you like. And most have you up and creating content in a matter of minutes.

  • Access from anywhere with an Internet connection—Starbucks, the in-laws, soon on planes. You don’t need special to read and update Weblogs.

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Why weblogs1
Why Weblogs?

  • Audience and communication—Weblogs allow you to publish to a large audience or a targeted one depending on your needs. And it allows that audience to interact by leaving comments.

    4. Collaborative—The ability to share space means you can invite almost anyone into the conversation.

    5. Knowledge Management and Archiving—By keeping thoughts or projects or ideas in a Weblog, it becomes an online filing cabinet with different folders, and it’s searchable as well.

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Why weblogs con t
Why Weblogs? (Con’t)

6. Multimedia—Weblogs can make use of audio and video, and some can store files of other types for easy retrieval.

7. Hypertext—Weblogs allow for easy linking to research and sources of information.

8. Low cost—Most Weblog software is either free or relatively inexpensive, depending on your needs.

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Weblogs in schools
Weblogs in Schools

There have been some really interesting examples of use in schools as teaching tools and as communication tools.

Online Filing Cabinet

Collaborative Learning Space

Online Discussion

Professional Development

School Website

Library Portal

Information/Communication

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Weblogs in the classroom online filing cabinet
Weblogs in the Classroom:Online Filing Cabinet

  • Students and teachers can use the Web log as a place to store assignments, plans, handouts, etc.

Susan L.

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Weblogs in the classroom collaborative learning space
Weblogs in the Classroom:Collaborative Learning Space

  • Students can extend conversations outside of the classroom, and collaborate with invited guests from around the world.

The Secret Life of Bees /Author

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Weblogs in the classroom online discussion
Weblogs in the Classroom:Online Discussion

  • Weblogs can work as a discussion group for students and staff.

Honors Sociology / Discussion

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Weblogs in the classroom professional development
Weblogs in the Classroom:Professional Development

  • New (or veteran) teachers can use Weblogs as portfolios or as an archived discussion of their practice with mentors .

Entry Year Teacher

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Weblogs in schools weblog as website
Weblogs in SchoolsWeblog as Website

  • Schools can use a distributed content creation model when using Weblogs as Websites.

Lewis Elementary

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Weblogs in schools library portal
Weblogs in Schools:Library Portal

  • Galileo High School Library in San Francisco uses a Weblog as it’s gateway to students and staff

Li-blog-ary

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Weblogs in schools information communication
Weblogs in SchoolsInformation/Communication

  • Weblogs can provide a great way to manage knowledge, from committee work to historical artifacts.

Technology Committee

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Weblogs in schools1
Weblogs in Schools

Reams and reams of digital paper for students, teachers and administrators to create with.

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Weblogs in the classroom writing instruction
Weblogs in the Classroom:Writing Instruction

Blogging as Genre--Critical thinking, information literacy, research, collaboration and composition skills.

1. Find and read material that is relevant to your life.

2. Capture the essence of this relevant reading, give credit to its source, and synthesize those ideas into a piece of writing that advances a personal, perhaps greater understanding of that topic

3. Publish that writing for response and for perhaps pushing someone else’s thinking on the subject.

4. Read some more.

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Weblogs in the classroom writing instruction1
Weblogs in the Classroom:Writing Instruction

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Web log options
Web Log Options

  • Free Web log software on the Internet

    • Blogger

    • moTime

    • Many others

  • Software for local installation

    • Manila--$295 a year for up to 3,000 sites

    • Moveable Type—Free to schools

  • Pay Web logs with hosting

    • Type Pad--@$30 a year with a limit on space

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Web log considerations
Web Log Considerations

  • Software -- all Web log software is not the same. Teachers need to find the best tool for intended use, and should think about ease of use, depth of content, collaboration, etc.

  • Access -- not all students have the same amount of access

  • Privacy -- posts can be accessible by anyone, or can be only viewed locally (intranet) depending on software. Collaboration and feedback can be limited and moderated depending on software.

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Web log considerations1
Web Log Considerations

  • Time and Support -- planning and set-up take time, and tech support is required.

  • Assessment -- what and how.

  • Server issues -- local server use is best since files are more secure. Remote storage may result in loss of content.

  • Paradigm Shift -- distributed content model requires a change of thinking on the part of teachers and administrators.

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Thank you questions
Thank You! Questions?

Kevin Jarrett, [email protected] Facilitator, K-8Northfield Community SchoolNorthfield, NJ

Will Richardson, [email protected]

Supervisor of Instructional TechnologyHunterdon Central Regional High SchoolFlemington, NJ

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