Here is the first ever blog posting to our Trillium Technology PD blog. I hope you find this a helpful resource and visit it frequently. Please feel free to add comments, ask questions, share ideas and engage in discussions as often as you would like. I’m hoping this will become a meeting place where we can all collaborate and integrate technology into our classrooms. I have found blogs and edublogs in particular, to be very helpful with my own professional development.
The first topic of interest is our blog itself- what is a blog, exactly?
Blog:(a contraction of the term weblog) is a type of 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. Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketches (sketchblog), videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), and audio (podcasting). Micro-blogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts. Definition courtesy of wikipedia.org
www.edublogs.org is a site designed for students and teachers. It’s free and packed with features you can customize to your liking. Take a look and peruse around the edublogs site- look at other teacher’s blogs and see what teachers and students are all blogging about!
Here are some short tutorials and videos which will give you a clearer understanding of how to get started and use edublogs.
http://edublogs.org/videos/ Video on how to use edublogs both in and out of the classroom
http://theedublogger.edublogs.org/2009/06/27/here%e2%80%99s-my-top-five-mistakes-made-by-new-bloggers-%e2%80%94-what-are-yours/ Top mistakes for beginning bloggers
Here is the edublog I have created for my own technology classrooms.
It is bare bones at the moment, but as the year goes on it will become a reflection spot and “online diary” of my classes and coursework. The link below is a link to my pbworks classroom website. This is the site Melissa introduced to us last year. Here, students and parent can also visit to find information on my classes, schedule, contact info., recent pictures, assignments and helpful resources for extra practice at home.
Happy Blogging! 🙂