Thursday, July 19, 2007
I have a suggestion to anyone who feels like they will be using blogs in their classes. I feel like livejournal.com is very user-friendly and easy to learn. I think this site would be good to use and perhaps even more beneficial to a class than blogger. Using this site instead of blogger, allows you to have a "friend" page, which means you subscribe to other people's blogs and it shows it all to you on one page. Anytime you comment on someones posts, they receive an email and they can comment back to you in a chain. You are able to see the thread of comments in the order they occurred. You receive an e-mail for each comment and are alerted when you receive one. Basically you can reply to another person's comment, which creates a conversation in a way. There are also things called communities on livejournal. Communities are basically areas for people with similar interests to post blog entries about a certain topic. You can ask each other questions and help each other out. This can be useful in a classroom when talking about certain subjects. You can also make the blogs private so only the students in your class can view them and post comments. This is just something to keep in mind when using blogs in the classroom.
This is what a thread of comments looks like in livejournal. You can see the chain of events, who commented first, then someone commented on their comment and so on. Every user gets a little icon as well to identify themselves.
I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their summer vacations and good luck in your next school year!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Sendspace.com is a website where you can upload files for a certain period of time for free. These are useful for sharing files with other users, or if you are formatting your computer and you need a site to temporarily hold your files. They will stay uploaded for about a week, depending on the site. If you are interested in downloading the podcast PDF file, simply click on the link I have provided below. When you click on that link, there is a flashing red arrow pointing at the button you need to click for the download. Most free upload services typically look like this.
Podcast Creation Guide:
Free upload services you may want to check out:
Monday, July 16, 2007
While doing research for my PowerPoint presentation on educational podcasts, I found many useful resources for educators. These links include general podcast information, podcast search engines, and educational podcast web sites. I never really thought about all of the possibilities of podcasts in the classroom. My favorite idea for using podcasts in class, was to have the students create a walking tour of their town for visitors to download. The students can have fun learning the history of their town while incorporating technology in the classroom.
Podcast Search Engines:
Friday, July 13, 2007
basic html intro
basic structure tags
basic html commands
Thursday, July 12, 2007
This site was good for learning how to make them and it also had a good search engine.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I was beginning to wonder more about uses for blogs in the classroom. There are many ways of going about blogging in an elementary school. Each student could have their own blog (this would give them a sense of ownership) or there could be a classroom blog (this could create a sense of community). Overall I believe students would be very excited to participate in a classroom blog. If a student has a question in class that the teacher can’t answer right away, the teacher could update the blog with the answer, or good references for the student to use to find out for themselves. Or perhaps even the student with the original question could go home, research it (if they have internet/computer access) and post the answer on the blog. Teachers could use blogs to communicate their lesson plans or ideas. It can be used for the class website as well. This website (Blogs in the Classroom) gave some examples of why blogs can be useful in the classroom.
Some examples from this site include:
- Highly motivating to students, especially those who otherwise might not become participants in classrooms.
- Excellent opportunities for students to read and write.
- Effective forums for collaboration and discussion.
- Powerful tools to enable scaffolded learning or mentoring to occur.
Blogs in the classroom can also help with:
- Discussions- A class blog opens the opportunity for students to discuss topics outside of the classroom. With a blog, every person has an equal opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions. Students have time to be reactive to one another and reflective. Teachers can also bring together a group of knowledgeable individuals for a given unit of study for students to network and conference with on a blog.
- Student Portfolios- Blogs present, organize, and protect student work as digital portfolios. As older entries are archived, developing skills and progress may be analyzed more conveniently. Additionally, as students realize their efforts will be published, they are typically more motivated to produce better writing. Teachers and peers may conference with a student individually on a developing work, and expert or peer mentoring advice can be easily kept for future reference.
This site might also be helpful to educators:
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 9, 2007
I was trying to figure out how to make a class list of blog titles so I can quickly view them, so I went to Dashboard (which is basically your home page for blogger.com and it lets you edit your settings). I chose to add a link list which means I was able to post the class' blog titles so I can easily see them on my own blog page.
Go to blogger.com
Go to Dashboard (button on the upper right side of page)
Go to Manage: Layout
Click Add a Page Element
Click top right choice: Link List
Where it says New Site URL, paste in one class members' blog title at a time
Click Add Link
Keep adding class' blog titles one at a time until complete
Then the list of blogs will show up on your own blog
I also added a useful links section to my blog.
I just like having the list handy, so maybe it will benefit you too.
Here is another link (Commercial Publications) that briefly mentions the XML and RSS we talked about in class. It also gives a sampling of important newspapers and companies that put out their own blogs/feeds.