Creating a Blog Site

Wrap up from Wednesday

Creating Learning Environments: Let’s take a moment to make sure everyone is able to attach/insert a screen shot on your page.

Would anyone like to share their page?

Blogging Survey

Before we get started with class today, pleases complete this Blogging Survey. We will review the results for our class when everyone is finished.

We have been blogging in response to the class readings on our Google Site. Unfortunately, Google Sites does not allow others to comment unless they are given site permissions. Why might this be problematic?If blogging allows us to write and receive comments from the global community, we need a platform that allows this type of activity. Maybe Google Sites will change the way they manage permissions, but for now let’s explore another option.

WordPress

Before we get started, let’s view this introductory video which also includes a link to some great tutorials to get us started.

I’ve considered having each of us create a Tumblr blog, but similar to Google Site, the comment feature is absent. I know WordPress has a slight learning curve, but I think this is a Web 2.0 tool that can benefit all of you long after you finish this course.

Today, we will be setting up a WordPress site. Similar to when we created our Google Sites, I’d like you all to help your classmates if you see them frantically searching for that “hidden” button. I’ve also created a document in our “How To” tab for reference outside of class.

Go ahead and open WordPress to get started.

Transfer Blog Postings from your Google Site

Now that you have a WordPress site, go ahead and try to copy and paste your posts from your Google Site to WordPress. In addition, please complete this form now so that I can make a class list of WordPress sites. When I have everyone’s site, I’ll post them on our blog so that we can access these easily.

For Monday:

1. Finish creating your WordPress site and copy and pasting your Google Site blog postings. If you haven’t completed this form, do so now so that I can make a class list of WordPress sites. When I have everyone’s site, I’ll post them on our blog so that we can access these easily.

2. Read Chapter 7 in your text and write a blog post addressing one of the following questions. You may also chose to respond to another question on p. 188 or write freely where you feel compelled.

  • What types of writing activities would make the best use of technology in your classrooms?
  • Students’ writing improves through multiple revisions and high-quality feedback. Recognizing that your teacher time is limited, how can you have students help each other during writing? How can you leverage this potential for motivation in your classroom?
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