Blogging and Twitter Set-up

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PART I: WORDPRESS BLOG

Ok, we created a personal blog this Tuesday.  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 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.  In addition, what we are doing this semester is to expand our blog community.  We will be paired up with another EDIT 2000 class.  Each of you will have one (or two) blog partner(s) to keep the online discussion going on.  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.

Let’s think about some questions about blogging.  What are the potential benefits of blogging for facilitating communication and collaboration among people?  What advantages do you see in blogging versus sending responses directly to the instructor? Who is your audience? What makes a good blog?

READING

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.  We will practice this next week.  Now, I need you to give me some ideas for evaluating your blog posts.  These will be added to the criteria I have for this semester’s grading.  You can add the criteria in this Google Doc. 

PART III: CREATING A PROFESSIONAL TWITTER ACCOUNT

Social Media can be a great resource for professional development or personalized learning.  More and more employers will try to find their applicants online before the interview.  Many people also enjoy having an online community where they can share similar ideas or challenge each other.  So how do we navigate a world with amazing potential and potential pitfalls? We all need to think about how we might develop a professional social media strategy and how we might use social media for personal and professional development.

You need to create a Twitter account in order to become a part of our professional learning network. You’ll connect with other EDIT 2000 students and I’ll help you to find additional people/organizations to follow that will help you with projects throughout this semester. It is important that this account is kept separate from your personal Twitter account.

After you create your professional Twitter account, please tweet a greeting message to #edit2000.  You will find other students who are taking EDIT 2000 with other instructors this semester.  We are a group of professionals to work on the 20% Design project together.

FOR TUESDAY:

COULD

  • Read the “Horizon Report (p.3-10)”.  The reflection on this article will be due on Jan. 28.  You can find the article on the “reading material” page under the tab of “resources” on our course site.
  • Need more reasons to clean up your social media? Read this short article.

SHOULD

  • Keep customizing your blog.
  • Add links of your blog and the professional Twitter handle on your about.me page.

MUST

  • Submit your professional Twitter handle through this form.
  • Submit your About.Me page url and your WordPress blog url through this form.
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