PART I: WORDPRESS BLOG
Ok, we created a personal blog this Wednesday. Some of you are fast learners and have posted your first reflection there. Some of you haven’t got to that stage yet. It’s OK. Before we talk about building a blogging community, I want everyone to make sure that you know how to do the following things in WordPress. If you see your neighbors struggling, HELP him or her!
CHECKLIST FOR BLOGGING IN WORDPRESS
- Setting up site
- Dashboard functions
- Creating pages
- Creating posts (choose the “new post” tab on the top right or use the dashboard mode)
- Insert media (photos, video, files, etc.)
- Creating a link
- Select different fonts and headings
- Adding tags to posts
- Change your blog title (if you want to)
- Customize your blog
- Transfer your first reflection to your blog
- Add your WordPress blog to your About Me page (either an App or a link)
** If you still have questions about WordPress blog, feel free to email me or watch this tutorial on YouTube.
PART II: BLOGGING COMMUNITY
One of the benefits of blogging is receiving comments from the global community responding to your writing. Some people may agree with you, while others may adamantly oppose your views. Either way, it’s an interesting experience to know others read what you write versus only your instructors. You may be able to relate with comments received from Facebook friends. I know when I post a comment or picture, it’s nice to see others respond (most of the time). I’d like for you to get in the practice of leaving comments on your classmates’ blog postings throughout the semester. Instead of me counting the number of times you comment or judging the quality of your comments, I’m going to see how this plays out to start with.
We’ve brainstormed together about what blogging is the other day. Now I want you to brainstorm the SUBSTANCE of an ideal comment. Let’s try another way to brainstorm.
Let’s see what the previous class said about substantive blog comments.
Here is an article about writing with technology (blogging) reading concerning writing and technology. This is a specific section about blogging (very short). According to the reading, there are several reasons to utilize blogs in the classroom:
- Providing classroom experiences beyond the ‘walls’ of the classroom
- Posting on a blog may appeal to different learning styles
- Blogging could enhance the expertise of the blogger on the targeted subject
- Blogging and the evidence of outside readers and their comments can be motivating to writers
- Promoting self and critical reflection
- Promoting collaboration and the development of virtual communities between learners
- Promoting analogical thinking
There is even an example of how one teacher structures blogging for their students (on page 174). It says, “In your paragraph you need to make sure that you follow the Paragraph Structure that we have been working on as a class.”
- 1. S— statement.
- 2. E— explain your statement.
- 3. E— example of your statement [ quote].
- 4. E— explain what your example shows.
Do you think this is a useful structure for blogging in this class? You may find these 50 Useful Blogging Tools for Teachers helpful.
At this moment, you might know how to comment on your peers’ blogs. However, you may not be sure how to give substantive comment. Let’s practice! Go to the student pages tab and choose one person’s page. Find his or her blog site and then leave your comment on his/ her first reflection on personal learning experiences.
- Read “Horizon Report (p.3-10)”. The reflection will be due on Sept. 9.
- Think about how you were evaluated/ assessed in K-12 before. Give examples. You can post in your blog.
- Read the “Meaningful Learning chapter 1″ and complete your reflection on the reading. The requirements and the guiding questions can be found in the reflection topics tab.
- Comment on at least one classmate’s blog.
- Insert your WordPress Blog in your About Me page