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Tuesday, June 28, 2005


Hello fellow fellows,

Welcome to my e-handout for today's demo. I hope you find the links and other info here useful.

Prelude: what the heck's a blog anyway?

In your small group, talk about what you already know about blogs. What does "blog" mean? Have you ever seen/read/written a blog? How would you define "blog" right now?

Next, check out this definition (from Kairosnews, A Weblog for Discussing Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy):

Weblogs are easily updated web sites organized by time. Weblogs do not require the user to first learn a Web Authoring program, such as Dreamweaver or Frontpage. Nor do they require a knowledge of HTML, Web servers, or other Web Technologies.

The term "weblog" was first used in December 1997 by Jorn Barger to describe personal sites that are continuously updated, with commentary and links. Started as a way to allow people to easily keep an online journal, they became popular as a means to self-publish.

The appeal of weblogs is their ease of use. If one wants to simply add content to the web on a regular basis, little or no knowledge of HTML and other Web Technologies is necessary. The weblogger, or "blogger" simply enters their content using their favorite web browser, types what they want to add and then clicks a "Submit" button. The weblog software takes care of adding it to the top of the listing, allowing visitors to immediately view the new entry.

How is this definition different from/ similar to your own?

Monday, June 27, 2005

Getting started: browsing blogs

Please browse through three or more of the blogs linked below. As you look at them, make a list of their key features or attributes; consider things like purpose, audience, context, and conventions. Then share your list of attributes with your small group.

Mrs. Baker's Class Weblog (
A blog maintained by a 4th-grade science class.

A History Teacher (
A high school history teacher's blog.

Collin vs. Blog (
An academic blog by Collin Brooke at Syracuse University. This blog just won the "Kairos Best Academic Weblog Award" at the 2005 Computers and Writing Conference.

Super Students Blog(
A fifth-grade class blog.

Mrs. Greenwald's First Grade Blog (
First graders contribute to this blog.

Motomama (
A mom blog.

Period 5 English 10H (
A high school English teacher's blog used as a course-management system.

Firehouse Blog (
A blog by one of Deb's English 111 students.

Confessions of a Community College Dean (
An administrator's blog (one of Deb's favorites. Te-hee).

Timna (
A community-college writing teacher's blog (another of Deb's favorites).

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Blog now: Create your own!

Get started creating your own blog. I recommend It's easy, and I'll come around to help.

By the end of today, you should:

  • create a blogger account
  • create a URL for your blog
  • name your blog
  • choose a template for the design of your blog
  • write an initial post

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Afterward: blog resources

Here are links to some of my favorite blog/teaching resources:

Weblogg-ed (
In my opinion, this is the best resource for k-16 teachers who want to use blogs.

Blogs in Education (
Some basics.

Into the Blogosphere (
A collection of peer-reviewed articles on blogging.

A Weblog Webliography (
Wonderful collection...everything from how-to's to analysis.