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1 Blogging November 7, 2006 Milne Library Room 104 Instructor: Kate Pitcher

2 What do these three people have in common?

3 Trent Lott Talking Points Memo

4 Monica Lewinsky The Drudge Report

5 Dan Rather Power Line

6 Learning Outcomes  Define a weblog (“blog”).  Distinguish blogs from non-blog websites.  Describe several key characteristics of blogs.  Use specialized search engines or directories to locate blogs in a subject area.  Post comments to another person’s blog.  Create and post to a blog.

7 Blogging: An Introduction  What  Who  How  Why

8 What is a blog… A “weblog” or ( blog for short ) is usually defined as… A web page with dated entries, generally starting with the most current posts at the top and oldest at the bottom Collection of links and commentary An online journal

9 What makes up a blog? Some common components:  Dated entries/posts  Permalinks  Blogroll (links to other blogs)  Syndicated content  Comments  Archives



12 A Short History…  Originated as “lists of links”  Became personal journals  Justin Hall’s “Links from the Underground” may be the first weblog (1994)Links from the Underground  In 1997, Dave Winer created to share technology issues with friends and colleagues  Jorn Barger coined the term weblog in 1997 with his site, http://www.robotwisdom.com

13 A Short History…  “The act of creating a website to solely direct users to other websites” was unusual at the time  In 1999 the first batch of automated tools to create and update weblogs were released  Pitas and Blogger were released in 1999  Growth took off!  First conference devoted to blogging was held in Austin, Texas in 2000

14 Who are these bloggers? Did you know…  57% of blog creators are male  48% are under 30 years old  82% have been online 6 years or more  39% have college or graduate degrees source: Rainie, Lee. “Memo: the state of blogging”. Pew Internet & American Life Project, January 2005. 10 February 2005

15 Who reads blogs?  27% of Internet users read blogs as of November 2004 -- that’s 32 million people!  greater-than-average growth of readers among women, minorities, and those between the ages of 30-49  tend to be young, male, well-educated and veteran Internet users source: Rainie, Lee. “Memo: the state of blogging”. Pew Internet & American Life Project, January 2005. 10 February 2005

16 The Pew Internet & American Life Project 27% 7% Source: Rainie, Lee. “The state of blogging”. The Pew Internet & American Life Project.. 2 June 2005.

17 Why the growth?  culture of sharing on the Internet  ease of use

18 Why read a Blog?  Currency  Relevancy  Focus  Free flow and exchange of ideas  Connections  Trends  Marketing Siemens, George. “The Art of Blogging”. 1 December 2002. 5 February 2004

19 How does one syndicate a blog to readers? Using RSS technology! R eally S imple S yndication

20 Blog Today’s post RSS Feed Feeds into an aggregator or Newsreader Subscribers Archived posts How RSS Feeds work…


22 Why use RSS Feeds?  Content is easily disseminated via headlines  Users go to one source -- their newsreader or aggregator -- to read all their RSS feeds  Current awareness service potential





27 How does one create a blog?  Free software  Most websites will host your blog on their server  Few HTML editing skills required  Easily updated

28 Creating a weblog…  Blogger  Movable Type  LiveJournal  Radio Userland  Pitas  Slash  WordPress http://wordpress.com

29 Blog tools… Blogger  free  ease of use  web site will host your blog (no need to put blog on your own server)  no prior knowledge of HTML or CSS  tutorials available


31 Blog tools… LiveJournal  joining the site is free  will host your blog on their server


33 Blog tools… WordPress  free  customize the look of your blog  host your blog on their server  no need to learn HTML


35 Tips for a successful blog…  know your purpose and focus  simplicity  update regularly  links  syndicated content  publicity



38 Why should we care about blogs?  Information dissemination  Abandonment by youth of traditional media outlets  Grassroots journalism or “citizen journalists”  Interactive capabilities  Use as critical thinking tools in classroom  “Disruptive technology” (Hiler, 2002)

39 Blogs in the classroom  Why?  When?  How?



42 Blog post…

43 Student responds to post…

44 Blogs as critical thinking tools…  Interpersonal communication  Social interaction  Facilitates active learning  Engagement with material  Reflection and analysis  Fosters teaching and learning  Opportunities for feedback

45 Critical Thinking… “Shortly after I began producing Rebecca's Pocket I noticed two side effects I had not expected. First, I discovered my own interests. I thought I knew what I was interested in, but after linking stories for a few months I could see that I was much more interested in science, archaeology, and issues of injustice than I had realized. More importantly, I began to value more highly my own point of view. In composing my link text every day I carefully considered my own opinions and ideas, and I began to feel that my perspective was unique and important” -- Rebecca Blood, author of The Weblog Handbook

46 Benefits of student blogging…  Subject-matter experts  Ownership of their learning  Participation and interaction with classmates  Provides opportunities for diverse perspectives Ferdig, Richard E. and Kaye D. Trammell. “Content delivery in the ‘blogosphere’.” T H E Journal. February 2004: 12-16. Infotrac Onefile. Gale Group Databases. 23 September 2004.

47 Teaching Blogs How do we do it?  Webquests  Hands-on activities  Active learning

48 Ingredients…  Assignments  Learning outcomes  Design of activities  Guided practice in class  Assessment

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