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BLOG OVERVIEW WHEN did this begin? WHY use blogging? WHAT is it being used for in education? HOW do you get started? WHO is doing this? WHERE can I get more information? ANNAMALAI RECSAM

History :

History "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger in 1997 and the shortened "blog" Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase “we blog” on his blog in 1999. Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb and devised the term "blogger" in connection with their Blogger product (acquired by Google). Precursors might include Usenet, online services such as Genie & CompuServe and Bulletin Board Systems. In the 1990s, Internet forum software created running conversations with "threads" - topical connections between messages on a metaphorical "corkboard." ANNAMALAI RECSAM

Web + Log = blog:

Web + Log = blog A web site, 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. personal “diary” or public forum on a topic (politics, hobby, research...) corporate and commercial blogs ANNAMALAI RECSAM

Educational Blogging:

Educational Blogging Using school-wide blogging tools or free blogging services, instructors in varied disciplines are addressing: e-portfolios Writing concepts (audience, voice…) Publishing copyright and plagiarism authentic writing writing in a digital age ANNAMALAI RECSAM

Slide 5:

The surprising-to-most-people-fact is that students would prefer less technology in the classroom - especially participatory technologies that force them to do something other than sit back and memorize material for a regurgitation exercise. We use social media in the classroom not because our students use it, but because we are afraid that social media might be using them - that they are using social media blindly, without recognition of the new challenges and opportunities they might create. Michael Wesch, Participatory Media Literacy: Why it matters on his blog Digital Ethnography ANNAMALAI RECSAM

Reading Blogs:

Reading Blogs According to 2006 survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project 39% of Internet users (57 million American adults) said they read blogs An increase of 27% from 2004 Universal McCann (March 2008) determined that there are 184 million blogs worldwide and 26.4 million are in the United States. Blog readers = 346 million worldwide with 60.3 million being Americans. 77% of active Internet users report that they read blogs. ANNAMALAI RECSAM


Blogs Offer Students & Teachers:

Blogs Offer Students & Teachers online discussion through time-stamped comments video posting (vlog) podcasting posting via email & cell phone free web space for class materials, portfolios, projects minimal web design skills required ANNAMALAI RECSAM

Blogs being used as...:

Blogs being used as... Hypertext Journalism (politics) & convergence journalism (NY Times) Promotional tool – corporate, product blogs Community of interest – poets, software (non-corporate) Personal writing Media delivery– Vlog (Video), Photolog, linklog, sketchlog (artist portfolio), podcasting ANNAMALAI RECSAM

Early Lessons: Things to consider:

Early Lessons: Things to consider Your blog should have a basic “mission statement” or “about” that shows the intent of the blog Who is your audience ? an ideal reader & your emerging audience needs Developing a voice Conventions, formality Citation, copyright ANNAMALAI RECSAM

Getting Started - Blog Hosts:

Getting Started - Blog Hosts FREE (from Google) and, - Create your own ad-free fully featured WordPress blog including free assessment tool from the Chalkface Project and an ad-free wikispace Students may be familiar with sites such as, which offer blogging. And paid services such as ANNAMALAI RECSAM

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