Introduction to Blogging
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Welcome class to Intro to Blogging! As technology advances, the use of it is being incorporated in classrooms lessons and environments more frequently. This mini-course will review the use and benefits of educational blogging and how to use them as needs assessments to track student progress and evaluation of instruction. The main goal of this mini-course is to teach learns and students how to use blogs to reflect on lessons and therefore, produce evidence of progress the student has with this particular strategy or on a topic over time to see if it is effective or isn’t working. The use of a blog can document the results of a strategy or goal of a lesson directly to each individual student.
Upon completing this mini-course, learners will be able to:
- Explain the definition of blogging
- Explain the benefits of reflection through blogging
- Explain the benefits of discussions through blogging
- Identify different sites that are good for educational blogging
- Develop grading rubrics for requirements of blogging
- Create a blog of their own
Who Will Benefit From This Course
This mini-course is mainly to be used by educators to learn about and use blogging for educational purposes. This mini-course primarily focuses on blogging for older-students so most of the learners teach grades 7-12. This course can be informational to the tech-savvy educators but is still user-friendly enough for those newer or more hesitant to using technology in the classroom.
About This Mini-Course
This mini-course spans four different units. The progression of the units is designed to help the participant gain a theoretical understanding of the topic and move towards practical application of the concepts. In this mini-course, the participant will engage in a variety of activities as he/she works towards the learning objectives.
The learning activities in this mini-course include:
- reading course materials, including articles
- watching educational video
- reflecting on instructional experiences
- writing responses to various writing prompts
- reviewing and applying reflective teaching strategies
To get the most out of this course, the participant needs to:
- read and view all course materials
- complete all learning experiences
- apply what you learn at your instructional setting
Click on the title of the unit you would like to begin. The units are intended to be completed in the order listed below.
At the end of the unit, learners will have a better understanding of the benefits of blogging, reflection and discussions. The learners will also discuss, create, and apply a grading rubric for blogging along with their own educational blog.
Unit 1: What is Blogging?
· Learners will be able to define blogging and other associating terms and jargon
· Learners will learn the importance of reflection through blogging
· Learners will learn the importance of discussions through blogging
Unit 2: Use of Blogging
· Learners will explore different sites and examples of educational blogs already created
· Learners will learn how to create an appropriate grading rubric for their classroom blog
Unit 3: Creation
· Learners will develop an educational blog of their own
· Learners will develop an educational rubric for their created blog
Metaferia, Tekle Ferede. "Using Blogs to Promote Reflective Language Learning." Journal of Language and Culture 3.3 (2012):52-55. Academic Journals. Web. 20 Nov. 2014. Muncy, James A. "Blogging For Reflection: The Use Of Online Journals To Engage Students In Reflective Learning." Marketing Education Review 24.2 (2014): 101-114. Business Source Premier. Web. 15 Nov. 2014.