Online Classroom Collaboration - Blogs and Google Apps - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

online classroom collaboration blogs and google apps l.
Skip this Video
Loading SlideShow in 5 Seconds..
Online Classroom Collaboration - Blogs and Google Apps PowerPoint Presentation
Download Presentation
Online Classroom Collaboration - Blogs and Google Apps

play fullscreen
1 / 30
Download Presentation
Online Classroom Collaboration - Blogs and Google Apps
Download Presentation

Online Classroom Collaboration - Blogs and Google Apps

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript

  1. Online Classroom Collaboration - Blogs and Google Apps DeVaughn Resczenski Sharyland ISD

  2. What is a Blog? • Short for Web Log • a website, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog - Wikipedia

  3. Can I get that in plain English? • Common Craft Video •

  4. How do people use blogs? • Online journal • To display and discuss art (art log) • Photo Blog • Video Blogging (vlog) • Music (mp3 blog) • General Audio (podcasting blog)

  5. Free Blog Software • Blogger • Run by Google • (or access through your Google account) • WordPress • Available through • Download from • Install on your local servers

  6. Free Blog Software • Movable Type • • B2Evolution • • Hosted or download and install on server • Serendipity • • Hosted or download and install on server • Moodle Blog ( • Contained within your Moodle class

  7. Classroom Blog Software • 21 Classes • • Designed for classroom use • Dual-Layer system • Classroom (outer layer) area • Collection of student blogs (inner layer) • You can setup class layer as public for assignment notifications, but users must authenticate to see student blogs

  8. Personal vs. Classroom Blog • Personal Blog • One person controls all of the content • More advanced blogs can require authentication before commenting • WordPress allows a public page to display prior to authentication for the main blog

  9. Personal vs. Classroom Blog • Classroom Blog • Student need a method to respond and to interact • Students should have their own space to create content • Student work must be protected

  10. Content Control • Level of control depends on which blog provider/software you choose • Methods of control • Disallow comments • Queue all comments, pending review • Only allow comments from authenticated users

  11. Building a Blog (21classes) • Browse to: • • Click on the Sign upbutton

  12. Building a Blog (21classes) • Fill out the registration form. • Try and make the blog name something easy to remember, as it will become your address • • Click Proceed

  13. Building a Blog (21classes) • Complete filling in all of the fields, and click on Set up my portal

  14. Building a Blog (21classes) From the Dashboard: • Use Layouts to define your class blog and default student blog layout • Classroom Homepage allows you to setup the “outer” blog area • View Portal allows you to see what visitors and students will see • Student Accounts allows you to create and edit your students accts or login as one of your students

  15. Building a Blog (21classes) • Use the Welcome text / about option to edit the welcome page • Categories allow you to sort your blog posts (assignments, reviews, etc…) • New entry allows you to enter a new post

  16. Building a Blog (21classes) • The Student’s blog settings area allows you to setup how you will handle new material • Direct post • Teacher review new material and/or comments • Review of entries and comments options help to refine that process • Makes sure that nothing inappropriate gets posted • Requires additional time

  17. Decision Time! • Do I allow my students to self-register, or do I personally create all of their accounts? • If you do choose to self-register and your students have e-mail (Gaggle, etc) through a school domain, 21classes will allow you to filter to allow from those addresses only • Suggestion – utilize the “approve all new accounts” feature to prevent bots from taking over your site

  18. Project Ideas • Student journaling • Teacher creates a writing prompt on the main classroom page, and students respond to the comment. • Good practice to have comments set to blog users only so that you do not run into problems.

  19. Project Ideas • Research Projects • Students can research material and post it on their personal blog area • Other students can verify the research and post comments on the validity of the data

  20. Project Ideas • Experiment Log • Students can post experiment results to their personal blog area • Peers can post comments

  21. Google Docs • Originally titled Google Spreadsheets • Now you can create • Documents (Word) • Spreadsheets (Excel) • Presentations (PowerPoint) • Forms *New* (InfoPath) • Instead of writing to DB, writes to spreadsheet

  22. Google Docs - Registration • Simply use your G-Mail account • From any Google page, click on the Docs link •

  23. Google Docs – Cautions! • When choosing collaborators for your documents, be sure to limit who you invite • Anyone invited as a collaborator can change your document • If you allow collaborators to invite others, students could invite ANYONE to edit the documents….be careful! • Consider using the Viewer option whenever possible, as viewers cannot edit or invite

  24. Google Docs – Benefits • Your students can work together on documents • Forms data can be quickly and easily collected • Class presentations and rubrics can easily be accessed by students at home • Using Google Sites, you can expand projects even more, creating websites • Mini-intranet for your users • You do not need Google accounts to view docs or send forms, only to edit.

  25. Project Ideas – Google Docs • Collect Science Experiment data • Create a Google Spreadsheet and Form to pull in data. Students only need to fill out form and submit after each experiment. • After all data is pulled, simply copy and paste to Excel to create charts, sort data, etc… • You can create charts in Google Docs, but it is limited

  26. Project Ideas – Google Docs • Classroom Documents • Post your classroom documents, rubrics, presentations, etc. • Invite your students as viewers • You can differentiate here, and only invite students to the documents that apply to them • Differs from posting on a class web site, unless you can set permissions on each page

  27. Project Ideas – Google Docs • Class Presentation • Create a page for each student • All students can work on their page simultaneously • Class can create a group project in a short time this way

  28. Project Ideas – Google Docs • Vocabulary Check • Lists of Synonyms and Antonyms • Write in the word that matched definition • Spelling Lists • Place misspelled words, students must correct • Fix the problem with a sentence

  29. Project Ideas – Google Docs • Quick method to collect data from your students • Create a Google Form and have class submit data from their e-mail account • Ice Breaker activity

  30. Contact Information DeVaughn Resczenski Sharyland ISD