Wednesday, 31 January 2007

What is a blog and can I use it in school?

A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world.
Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules.

In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what's new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not.

You can use weblogs in all sort of different ways across the curriculum. You can simply use the to publish students work to the world, as an alternative group project about a specific topic or subject or as I am doing with the 6th Form a way of logging students learning by using a blog as a personal learning blog (this has been successful as students write openly about what they have learnt, what has gone well, what has not gone well and as well as allowing them to reflect it also helps to inform my future teaching). Here is the link to the example blog I put together for the students as a scaffold so they knew what I was looking for http://personallearningblogexample.blogspot.com

You can also simply use blogging as a way of gathering further information from new perspectives. Quite often you can get the latest information from industry through a blog which can really help to bring a live a subject and use up to date information.

Below are a collection of links that you may find interesting:

Sites
Marketing Blog - news and commentary.
Popdex : website popularity index.
eatonweb.com - blog directory and portal.
Weblogs.com - list of recently changed weblogs.
Blogging Network - subscription network of blogs.
blogger.com : directory
Google Directory : On The Web : Web Logs
Yahoo : Directory: Computers and Internet : Web Logs
Articles
Top 20 Definitions of Blogging (subscription)MarketingProfs.com (December 9, 2003)
Putting B-Blogs Into ActionClickZ (February 19, 2003)
B-Blogs Cause a StirClickZ (February 5, 2003)
Meet the B-BlogClickZ (January 22, 2003)
Blogs Make the HeadlinesWired News (December 23, 2002)
Blogging for Dollars: Giving Rise to the Professional BloggerO'Reilly Net (August 12, 2002)
What We're Doing When We BlogO'Reilly Net (June 13, 2002)
Online UprisingAJR (June 2002)
Blogonomics: Making a Living from BloggingPressFlex (May 28, 2002)
Time to Blog OnMediaGuardian.co.uk (May 20, 2002)
Flash: Blogging Goes CorporateWired (May 9, 2002)
My Blog, My SelfCNET News.com (May 2, 2002)
Weblogs and Blogging - Part 1Free Pint (May 2, 2002)
The Tipping BlogCorante (March 12, 2002)
A Blogger ManifestoAndrewSullivan.com (February 24, 2002)
How to Write a Better WeblogA List Apart (February 22, 2002)
Blah, Blah, Blah, and BlogWired (February 18, 2002)
Weblogs Make the Web Work for YouBusiness2.0 (February 14, 2002)
The Day Blogging Came of AgeCNET News.com (September 21, 2001)
To Blog or Not to Blog... That's a Good QuestionClickZ (August 22, 2001)
Pass Me the Blog, Please?Search Engine Watch (June 14, 2001)
The State of the Blog : Past, Present, Futurewritetheweb.com (Feb 26, Feb 28, Mar 2 - 2001)
Logging On the WebInc.com (November 15, 2000)
Weblogs: A History and Perspectiverebeccablood.net (September 7, 2000)
The Blogging Revolutionbizstone.com (July 7, 2000)
Build Community With Web LogsClickZ (November 10, 1999)
Weblogs Mix Creative Expression With Practical InformationIDG.net (November 1, 1999)
Fear of LinksSalon (May 28, 1999)

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