About Blogging : For Teachers – Part 1 of 10


What is a blog?

Welcome to my 10-part online series About Blogging : An Introduction for Teachers. It is based on the course I created and delivered in 2014 and includes the notes and resources I made available to the course attendees. Twice a month I post a section of the course on the web site. At the end of the course, I will make available the PowerPoint presentation including the notes used and various resources for members of the Tech Teachers web site.



Part 1 : What is a blog?

You’ve heard about them, you’ve seen them, maybe your friend’s uncle’s brother’s nephew even has one and you know that now is the time you join the 21st century as a teacher. You need a blog!

This course is here to help empower you and equip you with knowledge and know-how so that you can start up your own blog for your class or subject.

Part 1 - What is a Blog?

Introduction
Wikipedia says : “A blog (a truncation of the expression weblog)[1] is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first).” — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog

It’s a journal or diary where the user posts content in chronological order in the form of posts or pages. Blogs are mostly interactive as other users can read and comment on posts as well as share on social media. Blogs, however, have shifted from the realm of personal online expression to corporate marketing tools and content management systems (much like the Tech Teachers web site, which is a WordPress site)

Kinds of Blogs

  • Diaries or personal blogs where people write about their lives/interests
  • Online branding/advertising – Official company blogs for marketing purposes
  • Customer support sites – informal support with social marketing
  • Video blogs (vlogs) – YouTube videos by anyone or companies
  • Photoblogs – Tumblr or Instagram
  • Edublogs – teachers and classes

What We Use Blogs For

With social media being so accessible, anyone and everyone can have a blog. Some blogs are popular and others never ever get read or noticed. Here are some things you, your school and/or students can use blogs for:

  • Academic classes
  • E-Portfolios
  • School web sites
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Personal sites
  • Groups or clubs
  • Online courses
  • Marketing
  • Research sites
  • Intranets
  • Video and Podcasts

Online Blogging Services

There is no shortage of Blogging service providers. My favourite and blog platform of choice (whether hosted or self-hosted) is WordPress. It is a very powerful-yet-friendly platform with easy-to-use features and also very accessible to search engines!



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