What is a blog?

The word blog is shortened from the word "weblog." It is often inaccurately described as an online diary that is subscribable, organized in categories, and displayed in reverse chronological order.
A blog is similar to an empty book, it is how we use the book that turns it into something. This book can be anything we want it to be from a sketchbook, a diary, a dictionary or writing portfolio it depends on the content that we put into this book.
  • Blogs offer the ability to archive content that is posted by date.
  • The commenting feature of blogs allow for immediate feedback on a posting.
  • The content that can be posted to a blog can be text, images, files, audio and video.
  • Publishing postings to an intranet or the internet can by done quickly and easily.

...If you look at the idea of publishing web pages, we would consider the read web as something that was more inclined for the geeks. Where there was some need to understand a server-side language, use FTP, maybe html, or a number of tools to create and publish web content. Now, in less than ten minutes you could set-up a weblog on Blogger.com and have your first idea posted. It would probably take you longer to come up with the ideas for the first post than to setup the weblog. I would call this a transformation from geek to sleek...
Quentin D'Souza at TeachingHacks.com

How to Be a Better Blogger by Vicki Davis
A Blogger Looks at 50 by The Four Eyed Technologist - good reading!

Why Let Our Students Blog?

(Note: If you are having trouble viewing the videos below, click on the provided direct links to YouTube)

How to Set Up Your Blog in Blogger


To post links on your blog:

  • Open up your blog.

  • Click on template

  • Click on Page elements

  • Click on Link list

  • Click on Add to Blog

  • Insert the links

To add labels (Think of labels as another word for topics or tags or categories.)

  • Open up your blog
  • Click on template
  • Click on Page elements
  • Click on Labels
  • Click on Add to Blog
  • You may then change the 'title' from "Labels" to "Categories" or "Topics" or anything else you want to change it to if you wish.

Now you are ready to start posting (a post is an 'article' you write).
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). Use one of the TEAM-required labels - Reflections, Collaborations, Professional, or PG & S Module Responses. (You can give a post more than one label.) Besides the required labels, you may create your own labels.

The instructions given to you previously might have been confusing. You cannot create a label until you have created a post, at least as far as I know. In other words, you can't set up labels on your blog in advance. But YOU SHOULD and CAN ADD THE LABEL ELEMENT TO YOUR BLOG AS DESCRIBED ABOVE before you post an article.

So, as you write, think about which category/ies (labels) that post belongs to. Remember, you are labeling to create an index to your site. Once you have written your first post and assigned a label to it, view your blog. This will all make sense to you then, I promise!

To Do:

Week 1
  1. Set up a G-Mail account.
  2. Set up blog using Blogger
  3. When posting use the following keywords (as they apply) when asked to label: Reflections, Collaborations, Professional, PG & S Module Responses. You can add any other labels you wish.
  4. On your blog homepage, post links to the EEV and the Herricks TEAM homepage and any other links that are important to you (perhaps your school's website, for example).
  5. Write a post about what you hope to learn in this program. Label the post "Reflections." Or, watch and respond to one of the following "Readings and Listenings" - the links for these can be found by scrolling down to that section.
  • Weblogs in Education video from Will Richardson
  • Telling the New Story (video)
  • Rationale for Educational Blogging - Why Should Educators Blog? (reading)
  1. Explore the Blogs page on the TEAM Herricks Web 2.0 Toolbox Wiki.
  2. E-mail the URL to your blog to your instructors.

Getting Started -Free Sites:

Personal Blogs:

Classroom Blogs:

a) All articles and comments are directed to the teacher for approval before they go to the Internet.
b) All the students are listed in the one space so it creates a learning community.
c) David Warlick (who runs it) is a well respected educator who knows the issues that teachers face and offers support through an online group.
d) The Collaboration Tool - you can use Classblogmeister to colaborate with other classrooms all around the room if you wish to.
  • Look at these two classroom blogs on Blogmeister:

  1. South Paris Collaborative -The classroom blog of two Herricks teachers (including TEAM member Christine S.)
  2. 5B@MAS

How to Set Up a Classroom Blog Using Classroom Blogmeister

Readings & Listenings: