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Monday, February 21, 2011
Week 2: Register Your Blog-Thing 4
Okay you made it here! Whoo hoo! It is time to register your blog. Go to the page link on the right hand side and enter in your blog information (REQUIRED). You are more than welcome to remain anonymous throughout this course but remember the overall main idea of Web 2.0? If you said, "collaboration" you are catching on...bravo! If you are interested in sharing your blog with others so we can learn together please post your URL as a comment under the page link Junkies Unite.
How can we apply blogs in our classrooms? Let me get your juices flowing with a Tech-tivity...
2. Click on create a class. (Pick a username and password- I suggest your VCS username) Write this info down on your Log In Cheat Sheet.
3. To enter in your students click on "user" tab and then "add users to class". You can do this now or later...your choice on username and passwords for students. K.I.S.S baby!
Kidblog is a elementary and middle school friendly blog site. The features of this Web 2.0 tool are great because students are given their own blogs (just like you created your own to record your reflections) in the realms of your classroom and management. Imagine it- you can replace those paper and pencil journals with a virtual journal and have collaboration (can we say Think-Pair-Share?). All of their entries are kept safe and organized by date of entry. For your students it is as simple as clicking sign in, new post and publish. BAM! Three clicks away from tons of learning and collaboration.
4. Go through the settings and look at the different features of Kidblog.
-This Web 2.0 tool is great because of the privacy settings. You can choose to have the student's blog public in the class (so everyone can read journal entries and comment on them) or you can be the only viewer as the teacher (allowing you to respond directly to the student).
-You can select to have the students blog posts pending so you can approve what they wrote before it goes public (if you plan on having a open classroom).
-The teacher can decide who can comment on the blogs as well: teacher only, class members, guests, etc.
5. So anyone's juices flowing? Take a moment and play. Think about how you can use Kidblog in your classroom in one subject area and post a classroom application comment here on the Junkie Blog.
6. Week 2 Thing 4 Reflection- go to your blog you created and post the link to Kidblog and a 2-3 sentence classroom application of blogs from your discoveries or another Junkies discoveries from the comments below.
We will be visiting so many websites over the next several weeks and you will need a way to keep track of all these links.
Delicious is a social bookmarking Web 2.0 tool which allows you to connect links with a network of people. I have created a delicious site for the technology group @ http://www.delicious.com/technologyjunkiegroup . Join my network and you will have access to all of my bookmarks throughout this course. Or check out http://www.delicious.com/ and sign up for an account. Create your own bookmarking delicious so you can keep track of all your World Wide travels throughout this course.
You can even download browser buttons so when you come to a site you like you can click "save to delicious" and it will automatically go to your bookmarking site with no effort! AWESOME! This is under TOOLS on delicious. Remember this gives you instant access to all your bookmarks from any computer anywhere as long as you are on the web....WHOA BABY!