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                                                                             What Is Blogger?


                                         
 

 

Blogger is a Web 2.0 site that has been used for its members to blog their ideas, and what has been going on in their lives. However, more recently, Blogger has been used for educational purposes in the classroom. Teachers, students, parents, and classmates can all share their ideas, information, and keep people updated on what is going on in their classroom.

The Blogger application is fairly new. Blogger was first developed by a small company in San Fransisco called Pyra Labs in August of 1999 and bought by Google in 2003. To make a Blogger, there are three easy steps.

                                                                         How To Use Blogger


Click Here For Step by Step Video!

Step One: Create an Account.  This includes a valid email, password, and display name.

Step Two: Choose a name for the blog

Step Three: Choose a template for your blog

When you're done, you are ready to start posting your personal text for others who have a Blogger account to read and comment!

                                                                               Why Blogger?


The Blogger system is an online diary that allows one to speak any feelings or thoughts about any topic. Blogger is like any online communication site that allows one to contribute any feelings or thoughts and can be read by anyone in the world.  Blogger, if one does not understand what it does, is similiar to Xanga. Xanga is another web form of a feature like Blogger. It allows one to create an online documentary of whatever they want. Also another blogging site that is like Blogger is Twitter. Twitter mainly consists of posts that allow people to follow what other bloggers are doing. Blogger uniquely allows pictures to be installed into its system and has a photo player.  This can be used in conjunction with a photo-posting site such as photobucket.

 There are many unique features of Blogger that make it easier to work. Blogger has mostly unlimited storage space which enables serious bloggers, teachers, researchers, or anyone else to have unlimited amounts of infomation posted. Also, since Blogger is in correlated with Google, if a Google account is already set up, you are ready to join Blogger. Blogger is a free service which allows just the flow of information with no charge to any person who wants to read it. Blogger is also multi-language, so everyone is able to understand it, which is another benefit. As previously stated, Blogger has a photo player to not just limit bloggers to words but increase informational spread through pictures. The most unique way of using Blogger site is processed through Google, so Google Ads is a subset of it. Google Ads can be placed by the blogger inside their blog and if a person reading thier blog clicks on the ad, the blogger can then recieve compensation for it. It is an interesting twist that makes bloggers more motivated to blog.

                                                               Blogger in the Classroom


Blogger works extremely well in the classroom. Teachers can post text on what they do on a daily basis, and this could benefit teachers, parents, and students in many different ways. In special education classrooms this could be used as a communication basis from teachers to parents. They are able to share not only text, but pictures as well. The special education teacher could post on how the students reacted and behaved durning the day and have parental comments on the information. This would allow the parents to have direct communication with the teacher and allow the parents to help provide feedback on the daily situations. By communicating via computer/Blogger it would allow less interference between teacher and parent. By less interference meaning students must carry home a folder with notes provided by the teacher to the parents and by using Blogger as a communication site it would eliminate the chances of losing the notes or a failed delivery.

 Elementary

In the elementary school systems, blogging sites could be used for teachers. Teachers can post information regarding classes, difficulties they are encountering with students understanding certain material, new methods that work, or how their classes are doing. Teachers can communicate to other teachers through sites like Blogger to allow others to see what they are doing. They can gain new ideas and make sure their classes are as up to date as other teacher's. Also they can include pictures of projects their students have done or are currently working on. The pictures can allow other teachers to visually see how the lesson worked along with the teachers blog containing a full description.

 Secondary

In secondary education classrooms, teachers and students can use bloggers. Teachers can create blogger sites for just their classrooms and include calendars of upcoming events, letting students know what materials the course will need, and communicate with them more effectively. All this can be done because students have constant access to their class's blogging site. Students will become more familiar with the internet and websites. They can also do web publishing without learning HTML.  One very benificial way Blogger can be used with students is during projects.  Students can also use Blogger to better stay connected with their groups. This is good becuase many students do not always have transportation to meet with a group. The group can keep all their information on the site, so everyone can have access to it when needed. They can also communicate with their teachers throughout the group assignment by having the teacher comment on the progress being made.  The teacher can also answer any questions the students have without having the students wait to ask during class. Information is transmitted much quicker and efficiently in a way everyone can use it as a resource. In addition teachers can still stay communicated with parents and other teachers, just like they were able to in elementary classrooms. They can still keep up to date with other teachers, and keep parents updated.

 Middle School Lesson Plan

Grade Level:  5 - 8  

| Objectives | Following this activity, students will be able to:

  • Describe the process of composting
  • Explain why composting is important to the environment
  • Obtain the knowledge to set up a composting program at their home |

    Materials

    Plastic Tub (approximately shoebox size)
    Newspaper scraps
    Organic waste material (food scraps)

    Procedures

    1.       Before assembling the compost bin students should have
           the following background information:

  • We create food waste everyday that is thrown away in the garbage and taken to landfills.
  • Composting decomposes food waste so we can return it to the environment.
  • Worms are decomposers. They eat organic material and break it down into a very fertile soil additive. # Ask students how many bags of trash their families put on the curb each week.  Ask them where the bags go.  Ask why is it important to help keep trash out of landfills.
  1. Have the students rip the newspaper into strips, dampen them with water, and then place in the container.  Next add a layer of table scraps and deposit the worms in the container.  On top of that, another layer of damp newspaper.  Place the lid (with holes pre-poked in the lid for air circulation) on the container and place in a dark place. |    Composting in the Classroom with Red Wiggler Worms1 |
    Composting, the decomposition of organic material, such as kitchen scraps and yard waste is a natural process that turns waste into a nutrient rich soil amendment called humus.  The use of worms in composting is called Vermicomposting.  The use of worms speeds up the decomposition process and provided a fun way for students to help the environment while learning to care for the worms.              The first thing you need to set up the class-composting project is a shallow plastic bin; such a Rubbermaid shoebox sized tub that is wider than it is deep.  Be sure to poke holes in the lid of the plastic bin.  The worms need air to survive.  Gather newspaper scraps, not the glossy or colored paper.  Also gather kitchen scraps such as eggshells, carrots, lettuce, cabbage, celery, apples, banana peels, and tealeaves and bags to place in the bin as the "worm food."  Locate a dark place in the room that is more or less away from the hussle and bussle of the day's activities to store the project.
                Be sure to make sure the children do not pack the bedding in to tight or drench the bedding.  The worms will transform the waste to nutrient rich compost quickly.  Keep a supply of "worm food" ready to add to the bin.
    When ready to harvest some of the soil, place the bin in bright light.  The worms do not prefer the light so they will make their way to the bottom of the container.  After about ten minutes in the light, you can scrape off some of the soil and add new bedding and scraps.  You should be ready to change out all the bedding in the bin every two months.  The students will have great time fishing around for the worms!
    Encourage students to make a composting bin at their home.  Instead of sending fliers home, create an internet blog about the class's red wiggler worm composting project on a site like Blogger.  Add instructions, helpful hints, and photos for parents or even other teachers to create bins for themselves!  You could even get some constructive feedback from blog comments for in the future.
              Where to buy Red Wriggler worms:
    Winnipeg, MB
    Red Wriggler Haven
    Ask for Marilyn
    Phone:               (20...       
    Email: mfirth@golden.net
    Web: www.redwriggler.110mb.com

Steinbach, MB

Northern Sun Farm Co-op
Ask for Mike
Phone:               (20...       

Vermicomposting Websites:  Wormworld, The Burrow , Cornell Univ., Worm composting basics , Wriggler Wranch | Red Wiggler Worms |

High Scool Lesson Plan1

  English as a Second Language (ESL)
Topic:                         Writing a Short Article in English Using a Web Blogger
Audience:                  High School
Time required:         One 50 min. period

Objectives:

-          Students will learn how to write a short, interesting article on a subject that interests them, using correct English grammar and punctuation.

Development & Methods:

1.     First of all, go around the class and ask each student what their interests or hobbies are. They'll tell you things like "watching TV", "playing computer games", "reading books".
2.    After the excitement level is up a bit (they like talking about their hobbies) then introduce to them the world of 'blogging'. Explain that people write 'blogs' or online diaries, to write about their lives, their hobbies, their interests, travelling, etc. Then show them a couple of example blogs on the internet.  If you don't have a blog yourself, choose a blog to show them that looks fun, cheerful and has lots of nice photographs.
3.    Then explain that they will be writing their own blog. Tell them about things other people write about on blogs and then show them the blog template you have already set up on Blogger.com  When you set up the blog, choose one of the very colorful templates, as that seems to make them even more excited when it looks like a fun website.
4.    You can also set them up in pairs or teams if they don't want to write a blog post alone and you have a large class. I do our blog for 70 students, so some write blog posts alone, some are working in pairs or teams. But, all of them have come up with very interesting blog posts and fabulous photos.
5.    You should have about 20 to 30 minutes left in the class, so tell them to start writing a short blog post about one of their interests or hobbies, their family, or travelling. Pretty much anything they want to do. Also, explain to them that they can e-mail photographs to you and you will also put up their photographs on the website.
6.    Then give them the last few minutes of the class to start writing.
7.    Walk around the class, while they're writing, and check on the subject they're writing about, give suggestions for improvements, or correct grammar and spelling.
8.    At the end of the class, ask them to type up the blog post they're writing and to e-mail it to you along with photographs. Make sure you give them a deadline to complete the blog post though or you will end up with some students who keep telling you "coming soon" but it never arrives!
9.    Once you receive the blog posts, start posting them on the blog.
 

Summary & Assessment:

-          Participation in class
-          Student's ability to write a short blog post with good English grammar and spelling
-          Ability to work in pairs (with small classes) or as a team member if needed.

Materials Needed:

  • Whiteboard markers,
  • A classroom with a computer for each student
  • Access to the Internet
  • Each student must have an e-mail address (it is a requirement by a blogger service software; otherwise a weblog cannot be created)

Standards:

ELP 9.4.8        Organize ideas in a basic sequence and express with spoken and written sentences and paragraphs.
ELP 9.4.9        Use detailed verbs, nouns, and modifiers with moderately developed syntax in writing.

1 adapted from: Flabetoo.  Writing a Short Article in English Using a BlogWeblogs http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1120967/a_fun_free_eflesl_lesson_plan_writing.html?cat=15.  Accessed on:  11/06/08
Lesson Plan1
  English as a Second Language (ESL)
Topic:                         Writing in an ESL course   
Audience:                  High School
Time required:         2 50 min. period

Objectives:

1.     The students will learn how to create an individual website.
2.    The students will use individual websites for instant online publishing of their written contributions (written work may comprise essays, summaries, description of learning experience, etc.)The students read other students' contributions.
3.    The students will write their responses to peers' written work in the 'comments' sections of the weblogs.
4.    The students will share individual opinions on published written work in a follow up class discussion.

Development & Methods:

1.     Use a free service available online http://www.blogger.com. This service is reliable and easy to use.
2.    Prior to class, set up a teacher's weblog. It will help the teacher to go over the stages and see possible pitfalls such as inapplicable username (that already exists) or password, which must be at least 6 characters long.
3.    Prior to the online session, explain the steps of setting up a weblog in detail: 1) create an account, 2) name your weblog, 3) choose a template. Write down the major steps on the board. It will save the time online - students will know exactly what to do, particularly if they encounter unfamiliar vocabulary.
4.    During class, suggest that students think of appropriate username and password.
5.    During the Internet session, have all students open the http://www.blogger.com site and start setting up individual websites.
6.    As soon as students completed the task of creating their weblogs, give them the first assignment. A writing assignment is the best task for the start. It might be any task that is relevant to learners, such as writing a summary of the text they have read, or sharing experience of participating in the sport event, or describing their plans for the coming weekend, etc.  A useful tip: creative writing is more enjoyable than a routine activity, but it should not interfere with the course curriculum and be a sheer waste of classroom time.
7.    Follow up stage offline is a class discussion of the experience of setting up weblogs and writing activity. Brainstorm learners' feedback on the first web blogging activity: difficulties, likes, dislikes, needs, future plans, etc.
8.    Another online session might be devoted to reading peers' written entries and writing comments in the appropriate columns of individual weblogs. Writing comments on peers' written work is a must which allows learners to collaborate and highlights the notion of writing for the audience.

Summary & Assessment:

Learners' written errors can be divided into 'interlingual errors', i.e. errors that occur between English and the mother tongue, and 'intralingual errors', i.e. those that occur within the language being learned.

Materials Needed:

  • A classroom with a computer for each student
  • Access to the Internet
  • Each student must have an e-mail address (it is a requirement by a blogger service software; otherwise a weblog cannot be created)
  • Individual earphones in each computer (for online listening assignments)

Standards:

ELP 9.4.8        Organize ideas in a basic sequence and express with spoken and written sentences and paragraphs.
ELP 9.4.9        Use detailed verbs, nouns, and modifiers with moderately developed syntax in writing.

 

 

 

 1 adapted from: Kavaliauskien?, galina.  Weblogs in language teaching and learning.  Teaching English with Technology, A Journal for Teachers of English.  ISSN 1642-1027.  Vol. 7, Issue 1 (February 2007)  ; Accessed on:  11/7/08 

                                                                   Benefits of Blogger in the Classroom



If parents choose to get on blogger sites, they can become more connected with what their children are doing in the classroom. Teachers can discuss upcoming events with the school, scheduled tests/quizzes , and due dates for upcoming assignments. Teachers can also create newsletters that share important information for parents. Often times students fail to pass teacher information to parents. Using Blogger would eliminate situations where parents do not know about a new assignment, or upcoming event. Blogger can create a more connected way of communication without having weekly parent-teacher conferences. Also, it provides a quick and easy way to check all information at once.

Many teachers after college go back to school to get their masters degree or further continue their education. Blogger is able to allow the professor to take notes and video from the lecture and post them on the blog so the class can view them. Students who look at the blog can leave comments or questions for the creator to post answers too. It is more efficient than email because if one student has a question, it is likely that another student has the same question. By answering questions on the Blogger site it allows all who are accessing the blog to review that information as well.

Blogger can also be used in a semi-education setting. Coaches and the leaders of extra curicular activites can post blogs about their team or club. Coaches and athletes can have blogs for their sport and post stats, photos, events, calendars, official rules, and other important information. The leaders of extra curicular activities and clubs can use a Blogger blog to promote their activity and communicate with parents, teachers, and student members about upcoming events.

                                                                    Blogger in Asia


Background

In Korea, Blogger is used, but a more popular type of "blog journalism," is "cyworld." It shares the same ideas as Blogger, where users can post personal content, but "cyworld" is more personal. Although the two types of blogging are similiar,"cyworld" made this type of online posting more common in Korea.

Cyworld is used the same way in Korea, where people can post personal thoughts and pictures. They also communicate with other blog users and give feedback to them about their posts. Blogs are also used in media, where actors or politicians can post thoughts and ideas to communicate with the public. In adidtion, blogs are used for advertising for installation-format blog as well as specialty blog services. People can earn money through writing columns or books through "manage blogs" when they are made public.

Education

A poll conducted by MS on-line service department announced their results about the use of blog in 2007. Seven Asian countries were the subjects for this investigation.  The results found that 83% of Korean citizens know about the conception of blog, in contrast with only 66% of the other Asian citizens . In Korea, 65% of people have a blog, which is the highest out of the seven countries. Recently, blog use in the education field is spreading. Especially in universities, from sharing projects via e-mail and openly offering project topics as well as uploading students' projects on blog. University professors and some teachers create their own blogs and share their lectures and take feedback for improving lecture quality. Also, students are communicating with others using blogs for studying and discussing specific topics. It develops relationships and improves academic quality.

 Each country thinks that blog's have the credibility of most media, but have different criteria to judge what makes a good blog. Koreans tend to like blogs which have professional content, and although they use blog sites for mainly recreational activites, some do have information as well.

Research Data Tables

 

average

Korea

India

Hong Kong

Thailand

Awareness of  blog sites (%)

66

83

39

68

32


 People's feelings towards Blog credibility

 

average

Korea

India

Hong Kong

Thailand

Absolutely Trust

5

2

6

5

13

Mostly trust

18

21

11

35

0

Partly trust

42

62

46

29

42

Hardly trust

12

8

17

10

17

Only trust the blog which I know

21

6

12

19

27

Never trust

3

1

6

2

3


                                                          Other Useful Places for Blogger


Businesses

Many business write hundreds of emails a day and send out memos as well. Some buisnesses can use Blogger to write newsletters so everyone can log on and read them. Not only are current memos and newletters posted, they have created an archive for past ones also.The archive would allow members to look back to previous letters easily and current letters quickly. This could become a more effective method than sending out mass information to many employees. It also helps the employees keep their inbox clutter-free because they don't have to keep all their past emails. Also, it majorly prevents people from accidently deleting important information that they may need and never have it returned. By posting all information on Blogger it allows all employees to see previous and current information quickly and repeditively as much as they need.

Corporations could also use blogs so they are able to get feedback. Many companies have web sites that people are able to access. Yet, the websites are filled with an abundance of other information and it is hard to find where comments can be left to the company. It is very effective for people to be able to leave comments so they business can read what they saw and improve what their customers thought needed work. Blogger would allow businesses to recieve clear feedback on products or situations. Getting negative feedback could help business drastically. The use of Blogger increases the effectiveness of feedback for many companies.

                                                                        Use Blogger!


Blogger can be used in many different ways. It is beneficial for teachers, businesses, students, parents, researchers, and regular people wanting to vent their ideas. It is a simple process to set up and provides many perks that allow information to be distributed and shared. Blogger has endless possiblities..the only limit is creativity of the blogger(smile)

                                                                        Bibliography

----http://www.google.com/educators/p_blogger.html
This source provided information on the use of blogger in education settings.

http://www.appappeal.com/app/blogger/ 

This source provdied information on what blogger is and how to use it.

https://www.blogger.com/\\
This was the source used when learning how to start a blogger.

Burnett, K. (2006). Using Blogger to get teachers started with
    e-learning. . Fortnightly Mailing.

http://fm.schmoller.net/2006/05/using_blogger_t.html\\

http://brainstormsandraves.com/archives/2001/01/24/blogger_for_business_use/

http://www.wordsellinc.com/blog/blogs/why-business-blogs-should-welcome-negative-comments/

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_18/b3931001_mz001.htm

These sources all provided good background information, as well as information about blogger in education settings.

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  1. Unknown User (sapeck)

    The Chapter looks really good! The screen shots look great and the content is useful and written well. Good job guys!

    1. Unknown User (aruby)

      Thank you!!

      I just finished the titles, so it will be more easily navigated!

  2. Unknown User (richarka)

    Amanda and Sarah!

    Great Job on the chapter!

    I just made a few gramatical changes (I love editing!) and I underlined a few sentences I think should be changed.

    There also MUST be a bibliography at the bottom of the wiki chapter-very important-please do this by next wednesday! look at other applications for this or email me if needed

    Thanks guys-you're doing great!

  3. Unknown User (richarka)

    Hey Guys!

    Look at the research for blogger in Korea page.  It has some great stuff about how blogger is used educationally and was wondering if it can be used somewhere in the chapter...maybe on how blogger is used globally.

    Thanks-its going great!

  4. Unknown User (aruby)

    Okay!

    Will do (smile)

    Thank you Korie (smile)

    I think we are in good shape on our project!!

  5. Unknown User (aruby)

    Will you re read my Blogger in Korea part, the translating was difficult, I didn't want to change what was said, but I hope it all makes sense!

    I will work on the bibliography next!

    1. Unknown User (richarka)

      Hey Amanda!

      The Korean part looks good.

      I changed some things to make it sound better or hopefully to make more sense.

      Thanks for all your hard work!

  6. Unknown User (jones204)

    Wow! It looks great!

  7. Unknown User (aruby)

    We never received the APA format we were told to look for, but we can probably edit the sources tomorrow in class, once we do.

    When we save the sources on this page it doesnt show up differently on the front page.