About Blogs

If you can use Word, you can create a blog. It is that easy. Blogs can be used in a number of different ways. You can use a blog as a professional journal, a place to share activities happening in class. As a library media specialist, you can pose questions to your students and students can comment. The ideas are limitless. Blogs don't have to be for professional purposes. You can use a blog to share family news, write a travel journal or write about a hobby. There are many different blogging tools that you can use. Some are set up specifically for teachers to use with students. I am going to share how to create a blog with Google Blogger. Blogger is free, easily accessible and easy to use. For this challenge, you will create a Blog using Blogger. Once you have created your blog, send a link a link by filling out the form below. All blogs will be posted and shared on this wiki. Remember, a blog is a work in progress. Please share your start.

Blogs are: Journals, Information, Collaborative, Public forums, Online lockers, Multimedia tools, Private reflections

Blogs can include: Videos, Images, Widgets, Podcasts, Key words, Hyperlinks, Comments, Slideshows, Reader Feeds

Challenge 2-Blogging Assignment

Your challenge is to create your own blog. This challenge will get you into the world of Web 2.0 and also give you a place on the Web to share your thoughts and reflections on today's and on the challenges to follow.
  1. Create a blog using Blogger. This blog will be utilized for reflections for this course. You should add the following gadgets to your blog: A Profile Gadget (a little about you); optional-add your picture; A Blog List (you will add everyone else's blogs here); A Link List (You should add the link to this wiki and any other important links as we move along in the course); A label list (labels are 'tags' in Blogger talk).
  2. Post your blog name and link it on this page in our wiki. If you need help editing in our wiki, ask me. Only one person should edit the page at a time.

Help Resources:

Getting Started With Blogger
Video Tutorial
Extra Credit!!:


Set up blog using Blogger *

  • You can get started blogging in three easy steps:

  • Create an account. Go to Blogger and click the Create Your Blog Now arrow. You will then create a Google (Blogger’s parent company) account, which will also work across all of Google’s other services. Be sure to write down your username and password for future reference. If you already have a Google account, you may log in through it and skip this step.
  • Name your blog. Don’t get too hung-up on naming your blog—this can be changed later if you like. Name it anything you wish. You’ll also need to give your blog a Web address (URL) you’ll remember; better write that down too.
  • Choose a template. Again, this design can be modified or changed at any time.
  • Your blog is up and running! Before adding content, you’ll want to avoid confusion by keeping in mind the difference between the Dashboard view (where you manage your blog by creating and editing content and design) and the view the public will see:
  • To post entries, edit, and design: Go to the Blogger site and log in. You will then be in the Dashboard view.
  • To see the public view of your blog: Click on "View Blog"--This is your blog as the public sees it.
  • When posting use the following keywords (labels --usually called 'tags') (as they apply) when asked to label: Reflections, Collaborations, Discovery. You can add any other labels you wish.
  • Add Gadgets (found in layout) as described above.
  • Write your first post as described below.
  • Write your first post by clicking on the "posting" tab. At the bottom of the text box you will see "Labels for this post." Give your post a label (what you are doing is categorizing what you wrote - think of it as creating an index or table of contents for your blog). Include the appropriate class-required labels - Reflections, Collaborations, Discovery (You can give a post more than one label.) Besides the required labels, you may create your own labels.
  • *If you already have a blog, you must set up a separate blog just for this course.

First post

Watch the following videos:

Your first blog post should be a reflection on one of the videos you watched. Be thoughtful. Include a link to the video. Remember to
post your blog name and create a link to it on this page in our wiki. (Copy the URL of your blog; click
on this page in our wiki, type the title of your blog in the appropriate place. Select the title and then click on the "LINK" button in the editing toolbar. Follow the prompts to copy and paste the URL of your blog. ONLY ONE PERSON AT A TIME MAY EDIT THIS PAGE. BE SURE NO ONE ELSE IS EDITING WHEN YOU GO TO EDIT!!!!!!

AFTER everyone has inserted their link, do the following:
  • Add your fellow students' blogs to your blog list
  • Visit at least 3 other classmates' blogs and leave a comment