Blogs


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Standard Definition of a Blog:

  • Blog - A blog (a blend of the term web log)[1] is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

  • Most blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other via widgets on the blogs and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites.[2]

  • Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (art blog), photographs (photoblog), videos (video blogging), music (MP3 blog), and audio (podcasting). Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts. - From Wikipedia


Affordances:

Potential Constraints:

  • Keeps posts in order chronologically
  • Posts can also be navigated by tag
  • Real (worldwide) audience - friends, classmates, students around the world, parents, grandparents, etc.
  • Students and/or teachers can be authors
  • Multimodal
    • Easy to post text, photos, and other media
    • Integrates with other tools (wordle, slideshare, etc.)
  • Easy for audience to provide feedback or questions through comments
  • Each student could have their own blog
    • Teacher can be administrator/manager for students' blogs
  • Can be used as a class website
  • Can be used to publish a podcast
  • A showcase for student work
  • Have whole conversations collected in one place for future reference
  • Users can select avatars to represent themselves
  • Can be used as simple forums
  • Can have static pages
  • Readers can use RSS to keep up with the blog
  • Great tool for parent communication (or better yet, involvement)
  • Requires online access and accounts
  • Can feel like a lot to read
  • Can feel like a lot to keep up with, though RSS can help with this
  • Adjusting theme and widgets not always easy
  • Theme can be cluttered for readers if not careful
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Low Floor, Wide Walls, & High Ceilings :

  • Technology needs to provide us with a low floor (an easy way to get started) and a high ceiling (lots of possibilities for taking things even further). There also needs to be wide walls, so that projects can be extended into other domains ... Mitch Resnick

Examples



  • Other Ideas
    • Reflective or writing journals
    • Learning Journal
    • Assignment submission and review
    • Dialogue for group work
    • E-portfolios
    • Create diary entries for a fictional character or historical figure
    • Parent communication
    • Annotated links to course-related websites or resources
    • Instructional tips for students
    • Course announcements and readings
    • Student Led Blogging

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