Face of Your Classroom
Creating a Blog as your Face of the Classroom site
Blogging is a form of web journaling, or web logging - hence it's name blogging. Posts to the blog are read by others, who then have the option to post a comment. The author of the blog may choose to moderate comments in which the author decides which comments to post publicly. In education, blogs are used in a variety of ways; posting assignments, communicating with parents, storing information, sharing expertise, and/or for interactive lessons.
Comment moderation is an important feature for educational blogs and gives the teacher the opportunity to manage what is posted on the blog site for others to view and interact with. Bloggers need to follow acceptable use policies and keep web safety considerations in mind when creating their user id and also when making posts and uploading media.
Get started with your Face of the Classroom web presence by creating a blog! Check with your instructor to determine if you are going to be using Edublogs.org, Edublogs Campus, WordPress, or some other blogging service.
WordPress is one of the most popular blogging tools, and is the engine for many of the others, including Edublogs. This is a set of instructions for WordPress.
The three videos can be viewed full-screen.
Direct links to these videos: Video 1, Video 2, Video 3
Edublogs allows teachers to create their own sites for educational purposes. Edublogs offers built in templates, designs, and widgets for video and podcasts to make the creation process easy and user friendly. It also offers a premium service for a fee. Some school districts subscribe and pay for a more fully featured Campus version.
WordPress is the software blogging platform most blogs are based on, and it can be used independently of Edublogs. Check with your district technology coordinator or 21things course instructor about which blogging service is preferred.
To review the tutorials from the Edublogs website, click this link (tutorials).
To create a 21things4teachers blog as an online portfolio or Face of your Classroom site you can download this How To guide .
For a video about creating Edublogs Categories click here
To learn how to create Student Blogs, download the handout by 21things4teachers graduate and 21things4Students teacher, Kathy Campau.
Click here to view a sample rubric for evaluation of a 21things4teachers portfolio using the blogging format.
Tips About Different Image File Types
It is very helpful to understand different file types as you work on your different online websites. This is a short document that identifies different types, and compares the benefits and drawbacks of each. JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PNG Image file types for Blogging.pdf
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After completing this Thing, the educator will:
Know how to create a blog
Understand how to add and edit pages, posts, tags, categories, and comments
Make connections with technology standards and best practice
Transfer the learning to professional practice by creating and monitoring an educational blog
Addressing the ISTE Standards For Educators
1a. Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
2b. Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
3a. Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
6d. Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
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