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What is Posterous?

Posterous is a easy-access blogging site with abilities to post all sorts of media. Its user friendly capabilities such as creating posts via e-mail and connecting Posterous accounts to other social networking websites. 

Development 

Posterous is a simple micro-blogging platform that was founded in 2009. It was funded by the Y Combinator venture firm with a start up capital of about $15,000. With it's minimalist approach to blogging and other features, Posterous has attracted a fair amount of users and is growing daily. Posterous is run by Sachin Agarwal, Garry Tan, Brett Gibson, and Vincent Chu. The site was founded by Agarwal, who was seeking an easier way to blog and share photos online. Tan serves as an interaction designer, software engineer, and editorial photographer, while Chu is an engineer for the site. Gibson became part of the team when the company acquired his website, Slinkset.com.

In 2009 many different media outlets have called Posterous the best way to get your social media on the web. In other words it was called the best site for blogging. Posterous will accept any file you send and convert it to the most web friendly format available. It will host everything and publish it online almost instantly. For example you can attach any type of file posted along with the text of your email without having any problems. You can even upload a picture and Posterous can resize it for you.

Now, Posterous has launched a fully functional app for iPhone and iPod Touch, which is free in the iTunes App Store. Posterous' app isn't flawless, however. There's no way to save drafts or edit existing posts, although they can be deleted and auto-posted at a scheduled time.  However, Posterous' creators are diligently working to sort out any and all kinks. 

-Zulema Flores

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How to Use and Start Your Own Posterous


How to Use Video Tutorial

  



First of all, you have to have an email account. Since Posterous works with any email program, just log in to the email you wish to use primarily with your Posterous account. This tutorial will use a Gmail account as an example.










Now that you’re logged in, it’s time to begin creating your Posterous. To begin, compose a message and send it to post@posterous.com.






Accounts can also be created by going to ??Posterous and entering e-mail, username and password information. Click "Sign Up" and enter your email, username and password. Now you have a Posterous account! 


If you created your account via email, within minutes you should receive a reply from Posterous to your email account. This email will give you instructions on how to proceed and should look something like this:




 

As you can see, you may now choose to view your new post at the temporary subdomain/site accessible to you, edit your post, or set a password and create your own subdomain/site. 



You have now successfully created your Posterous account.









To create a new post, look at the column on the right-hand side which looks like this:




As you can see, Posterous allows its users to post from email or the web, which adds to its ease of use. Clicking on "New Post via Web" brings you to a page like this:







Once your post is published, Posterous takes you to your account to view the new post. 






If you choose to edit your post, you will be taken to this page where you can view and edit the material posted on Posterous.



Examples

Below are two examples of Posterous' with different goals. The first is a blog created by two parents chronicling the life of their first baby and the second example is a design company's webpage. 

By Steven Fedro and Alexandria Royal

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How Posterous Relates to Other Sites

 

After a quick look around the Posterous website you realize how easy it is to post on to Posterous and then have it linked and reposted elsewhere. You simply have your Posterous account set up and then set it up to repost only the things you want to repost on other sites. They can be posted anywhere from Facebook to Twitter to Flickr.

The Posterous bookmarklet, combined with the autopost feature, becomes a universal platform for media you encounter across the internet. Photos, text, audio, and video can all be instantly posted to your Posterous and shared with your accounts on websites such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as other blogs you might own.

For example, to include posts on Facebook, simply open the post you wish to share. 

Then click the Facebook "Like" symbol, which will bring you to this screen:

You can add a comment if you wish, or proceed by pressing "Post to Facebook." 

-Alexandria Royal

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Real World Application

Educational Uses

On Posterous, you can type on your blog and also add many other things to your blog such as video, photos, music, documents, etc. This would be a great way for students in high school and lower grades to become more comfortable with a computer and the vast options involved with blogging. They can show their creativity too by changing background color and font color. For education, it can be a way for students to connect outside of the classroom and to have the ability to ask questions to each other if they need help with homework, with studying, or if they just want to say hello.

Also, most people think that teens on blogs are being abused, but a recent study shows otherwise.  A research team from Ohio State University examined the posts of 100 teens from around the country on the blogging site Xanga. The goal of the study was to find out whether these unchaperoned teens were blogging about risky or dangerous behaviors like skipping school or experimenting with drugs or sex.  "We looked at every quote, and the kids wrote about very few problem behaviors," the study's author and associate professor of social work Dawn Anderson-Butcher said.  "They showed a lot of creative expression through poetry, lyrics, and song. It was very exciting for me to see the typical developmental activities that they were writing about in their blogs."  Seeing the impact blogging has on our world and the positive benefits that are occuring because of it should make educators want to incorporate this program into their courses for their students.

Posterous has already demonstrated educational value in a class already! In a "web2class" contributors on their own Posterous about water and climate. They have used the blog to post their own ideas in videos and podcasts. They have used Posterous to make a project come together. It is almost like our wiki, except they used Posterous for a group project.

Megan McGrath

 
 
 

Lesson Plans

The following section contains examples of ways in which Posterous can be used real-world applications. Namely examples of elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education lesson plans.

Elementary Education

1. A possible lesson plan for elementary students would be in an early technology class. Students could follow along in a tutorial about setting up their own Posterous pages. By doing this, students are introduced to the concept of blogging as well as basic networking. This could also help the students develop writing and typing skills by actually posting to their own blogs. Steven Fedro

Early Tech Lesson Plan.pdf

Early Tech Lesson Plan.doc

2. Another possible use for Posterous could be as a writing portfolio over the school year. Students could be required to post their writing assignments throughout the year to their own Posterous page. Having all of the year's assignments in one place would provide a high organizational value to both the teacher and students. Also, students will be able to look back and see how their writing skills develop over time. Steven Fedro

Elementary English Lesson Plan.pdf

Elementary English Lesson Plan.doc

3. Posterous also gives elementary students the opportunity to work from home. Students in an Elementary Science class can receive reading assignments and other tasks from the teacher's posts on Posterous. Ashley Jones

Elementary Science Lesson Plan.doc

Elementary Science Lesson Plan.pdf

4. This site can also be a tool of communication between parents, students, and teachers. Teachers can post comments about students' posts while working on a project. Parents can see the feedback and how their child is doing in the class. Ashley Jones

5. This site can also be used a tool for communication between students throughout the United States to learn about other students, their environment, and work on writing skills. Jenna Engelberth

^Posterous and a Pen Pal.doc 

^Posterous and a Pen Pal.pdf

6.  This site can also be used for posting information from research that students have done. It can also help students to learn to communicate by posting on each others posts. Krista Vogt

Elementary Lesson Plan docs.docx

Elementary Lesson Plan.pdf

7. When discovering the benefits of whole foods, students can post a short summary of the nutritional value of whole foods on Posterous. Students can then read other students submissions, and learn about the benefits of multiple examples of whole foods. This could even be a weekly assignment, submitting one post per week discussing one whole food per week. Jessie Hanselmann

Nutrition Lesson Plan.doc

Nutrition Lesson Plan.pdf

8. When learning about dinosaurs and creative writing techniques, students can post their work on Posterous, and then have access to their peers' writing so that they can peer edit their papers.

Dinosaur Creative Writing.docx

Dinosaur Creative Writing.pdf

 9. This site can also be used to post discussion threads in which students are expected to post and reply to one another. -Maryssa Campbell

BloggingLessonPlan.docx

BloggingLessonPlan.pdf

Secondary Education

1. One possible lesson plan that applies to the High School Education world, is that of creating and posting on a Posterous for an educational technology class. One similar to EDCI 270, but more of a hands on course. Allowing students be have access to an e-mail account and to create a Posterous is a good way for groups to discuss idea for projects. Posterous makes this possible because you can have more than one e-mail account attached to a specific Posterous. Ashley Jones

High School Technology Lesson Plan.pdf

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2. One possible lesson plan correspond with using Posterous is that it can be used as a way to have a classroom debate one-line. It would be great way for shy students to express how their opinion without feeling uncomfortable. Another great thing is that if there is a certain problem that a students does not understand they can post the problem to ask her classmates for help. Ashley Jones

Social Studies Debate and Discussion Lesson Plan.pdf

Social Studies Debate and Discussion Lesson Plan.doc

3.* *A possible use for Posterous would be in a high school English class. The blog could be used for online class discussions. Students could be assigned a number of required posts/comments about a particular reading. Since Posterous allows for private blogging, all the teacher would have to do is set up a Posterous with a password given to his/her students. The students would then be able to view what each other had to say and respond with their own opinions. Online discussions would possibly make it easier for students to get a word out. Steven Fedro

High School English Lesson Plan.pdf

High School English Lesson Plan.doc

4. Posterous could also be used as a means of communication on days off from school, such as snow days. On days when class is canceled due to weather, school programs, or field trips, teachers can post an assignment or item of discussion for students to respond to. This tool can help the class in staying on schedule and making the most out of time away from the classroom. Ashley Jones
5. Posterous can be used as a tool for multiple storytelling in language classes for learning vocabulary. Anna-Karin Nordin, Linda Brännström, Dennis Lindblom

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High School English Lesson Plan 2.docx

6.Posterous can be used as an diary for the studens so they can note what they have eating, trained and sleept so the teacher can read it and give feedback on the exercise diary. Dennis LIndblom, Linda Brännström, Anna-Karin Nordin

High School gymnastic Lesson Plan.pdf

7. A possible use for Posterous would be in a high school Geometry class. The blog can be used for online discussions, projects, practice exams, as well as asking and answering questions for a class. An excellent way for students to learn outside of the classroom

High School Geometry Lesson Plan.docx

High School Geometry Lesson Plan.pdf

8. Posterous could be used in a high school Health Class. Learning can take place outside the class as well as inside the class to learn about the benefits of nutrition and healthy living.

 ^Health Class Lesson Plan101.docx.doc

^Health Class Lesson Plan101.pdf

Post-Secondary Education

1. Instructional Podcasting (STEM)

One possible lesson plan could involve Posterous' use of its free audio pod casting feature, which simply requires one to email an audio file to their Posterous page, much like with any other post. A professor may have his students go to his/her Posterous page and listen to additional material through this pod cast. An example would be a biology professor posting an audio pod cast of him speaking about the calcium ion influx during muscle contractions.

Instructional Podcasting Lesson Plan (Word Document)

Instructional Podcasting Lesson Plan (PDF File)

2. Personal Journal

Another lesson plan could be to use Posterous to create a personal journal and update it throughout the semester. Students could be required to make a certain number of posts about course-related subjects, possibly on a schedule. This would demonstrate their understanding of the course material, as well as serve as a way for professors to observe student's thoughts on the subjects and gauge their knowledge. This idea could be incorporated into almost any course. Steven Fedro

Personal Journal Lesson Plan (Word Document)

Personal Journal Lesson Plan (PDF File)

3.Travel Diary

Posterous could be a great tool for a college student who is studying abroad. The student could be required to make scheduled posts discussing their travels and lessons learned. The instructor can assign topics analyzing cultural differences the student has noticed and ask them to do further research. Posterous also allows uploading of photos, videos, and other files, further enhancing their posts. Ashley Jones

Travel Diary Lesson Plan (Word Document)

Travel Diary Lesson Plan (PDF File)

Lesson Plans by Ashley Jones, Steven Fedro, Dennis LIndblom, Linda Brännström, and Anna-Karin Nordin
 

International Use

Posterous can be used all around the world. Through access to Posterous, even the smallest of voices can possibly echo across the world. It could be an easy way for friends in different countries to connect and keep in contact with each other. You can share anything you want, with whomever you want. Any person from any country can even set up a private blog, allowing a select group of close friends to keep in touch with each other. For classes such as EDCI 270, which utilize outside partnerships, Posterous can be a way for students and their international partners to communicate and work together. Students across the world can keep in touch more interactively with a pen pal by sharing blogs instead of shooting emails back and forth.

Through its minimalist approach to blogging, Posterous.com allows each of its users an equal platform for international blogging. It doesn't cater to any specific country or place restrictions on certain regions. The focus here is on individual blogging, not regional. In other words, users' blogs are not separated into groups based on country, so every voice is equal and counted as individual. This way, connections are more easily made between people across the world, without having to think about where they're coming from, getting rid of any connotations that go along with that.

Steven Fedro

Posterous can also be used within education in an international perspective. An example could be English students studying Spanish and Spanish students studying English interacting with each other with the help of Posterous. The two respective language teachers could create a blog with Posterous and introduce it as a way for the students to get in contact with the natives of the language in question. The English students could write for the Spanish students in Spanish and vice versa. This would be a fun way for the students to communicate with each other in their second/third language. It would also be an interesting way to exchange cultural knowledge and to get to know more about the other country and language.

Linda Brännström, Anna-Karin Nordin, Dennis Lindblom

Personal Use

Posterous is a great medium for posting personal pictures, videos, audio and more. Like other blogging websites, most users rely on Posterous for personal journals, and other personal recollections. Because it can be personalized, teachers may choose to use Posterous for self-organization of educational materials. Teachers may find various games, worksheets and lesson plans which they could maintain within their Posterous. The settings on Posterous can be changed to accomodate who the user wishes to see their blog. Therefore, if a teacher would prefer to keep her materials private, she can do so easily. However, if she wishes to share her collection with others, she can allow her Posterous to be open to the public    

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Posterous Updates

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References

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