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What I need to teach students in order to blog

Rationale for student blogs:- To give students a platform to connect, communicate and collaborate with an authentic  audience that includes students, teachers, parents, local community and a global community.

Blogging is a tool that allows students to make their work look good, shows what they have learned and achieved, gives voice to their ideas and opinions, provides a space for journal entries,  allows  an area for reflection and a platform for digital portfolios. (See my 20 reasons for students to blog post)

To create student blogs, the following essential content and topics will be covered in my classes.

  • Appropriate user names, passwords and blog url
  • Writing posts and pages
  • Using  the dashboard and managing  posts
  • How to categorise and tag post entries (for personal and search engine purposes)
  • How to write reflective and descriptive journal entries
  • Appropriate content for  school based online blogs
  • How to instigate and maintain conversations, using comments
  • How to comment appropriately on blog posts,  email  thank you replies  to people who comment on their blogs
  • Appropriate behaviours including plagiarism, cyber safety and digital citizenship
  • The use of widgets in the sidebar eg  website links, categories, clustrmaps, feedjit,
  • How to use their blog for reflective purposes.
  • How to insert images
  • Resizing images using eg irfanview etc

Worthwhile content

  • Introduce various web2.0 tools to give an attractive appearance and rich content eg toondoo, wordle, slideshare etc
  • How to use and create avatars, vokis etc
  • How to add hyperlinks
  • Addition of further widgets for effect eg weather pixie, slideshare widgets etc
  • How to embed web2.0 tools by using the resultant code
  • Work that  reflects their own personal identity and learning styles
  • How to add  or link multimedia content including podcasts, digital stories and movies
  • How to add MS Powerpoint and other MS Office docs (for PC schools) etc eg www.slideshare.net, scribd etc