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An online workshop for learning how to blog with blogger. Get it?

Updated: 2017-01-24T18:51:23.235-07:00


Getting Started (and inside) Blogger


Now that you have explored a bit of the weblog universe, hopefully now you are eager to try it for yourself. There are many different types of weblog authoring software and systems out there, but for this workshop we have chosen one with particular nice feaures:

  • It is free

  • It can be used on any computer

  • It is easy to use.

  • Anyone can instantly create a new blog. In seconds.

  • And it is free.

It's logo says "Push Button Publishing" which says that they aim to make this for anyone to use, not just computer geeks. And did we say it was free? (and by the way, it is owned and powered by the folks from Google, so there are some smart web people making this whole thing work).


Is that clear enough what software we shall use? Blogger is ideal for new bloggers and students for all the reasons we list above.

So let's go inside. Participants in our in-person workshops will be provided account access to three pre-made blogs that they can use for the workshops. These are:

Use the provided instructions to log into Blogger.

But anyone else who wants to play along can instantly and easily create their own Blogger account- just go to the main Blogger web site at and follow the 1-2-3 steps for Create Your Blog Now!

Note that in the creation process you have choice of some nicely designed and colorful blog templates. As you get deeper into blogging, you will likely being to see that you can also customize the templates to fit your needs. There is no need to do so, but take some time up front to be selective about the template you choose- make it fit your personality!

At this point you are ready to blog, isn't that easy enough?

BlogLooking (peeking at blogs)


So now that we have gone deeper into some definitions of weblogs, let's get your mouse and mind in action and look at a variety of blogs. Try to pick a few that are aligned with either a topic your are most interested, or the type way where you have thought you could use a weblog, e.g. "I am interested in weblogs about teaching science methods" "I would like to see how other colleges use weblogs to organize their planning committees." "I would like to find weblogs about 1800th century British poets" "I am looking for a newsletter that is published as a weblog." We will try to provide you some starting points with a variety of weblogs as well as some other sites you can use that maintain large collections of links to more weblogs. This is by no means comprehensive, just an opportunity to savor some variety across the world of blogs. Try to look at at least 3 different blogs, and do not focus too much on any single blog, even if it is so funny or so zany you cannot believe it. Just look, read, and look. Blogs about Technology Jon's Radio OLDaily EdTechPost Ben Hammersley's Dangerous Precedent incorporated subversion more technology blogs from Google Education Blogs Education Librarian A is for Apiculate (Art) CollegeTeacher.Org (web design courses) Learning About Usability (web activity constructed with blog tools) English 1101 courses at Georgia Tech IDD Class Blogs (web deisgn class blog with links to student blogs) Rhetoric course (Purdue University) EDTEC 670 - Exploratory Learning Through Simulation and Games (Bernie Dodge, San Diego State University) Mts Hall's 3rd Grade Class Me v2.0 (Teacher Ed) more educator blogs from EdBlogger Praxis, and Professors Who Blog Groups/Commitee Blogs Hunterdon Central High School Website Redesign Project Newsletter of the Center for Teaching and Learning at UNBC Citizen's League Strategic Planning Committee Mustang T.E.K. Committee Weblog UBC Botanical Garden Web Standards Project Humor Blogs J-Walk In My Humble Opinion Glancing Askance more humor blogs from EatonWeb Activism/Political Blogs Privcy and Security Sebastian Holsclaw Blog for America (Howard Dean) BlogsCanada Lex Libertas more activism blogs from Globe of Blogs Non-Mainstream News Blogs Back in Irag Commentariat Metafilter more news blogs from DMOZ Open Directory Places that have collections of blogs Blogarama Blogwise BlogSearchEngine Google EdBlogger Praxis Globe of Blogs DMOZ Open Directory Technorati Top 100 Weblogs [...]

BlogEducating (blogs place in education)


While they have been around for a while, blogs are just now reaching an awareness level with educators, and we are just beginning to see a wide range of potential uses for blogs in the teaching and learning process. Specific uses may include student publishing tools, electronic portfolios, class resources, project journaling, communication for organizations / committees / teams, alternatives to course management tools, knowledge management, assessment, just to name a few. As part of British Columbia's BlogTalk- Discussion on the use of blogs in educcation, Scott Leslie provided an excellent "matrix" of potential uses of weblogs in education. The matrix features a coordinate system with dimensions of Student Blogs vs Faculty Blogs and actions of Reading Blogs vs Writing Blogs. Within each quadrant, he outlines examples on a continuium defined by the audience "For the Internet - For other students - for instructors - for self". View image of matrix or a MS Word version. Blogs as Student Publishing Tools Weblogs provide an interface for students to create web sites for project assignments, journaling, writing, problem-solving, that avoid having them to learn HTML, web publishing software, or waste time creating yet another overloaded PowerPoint. Blogs provide a way to extend their work to an audience not limited to their instructor or who was present in class that day. Blogs provide a built-in system for students to give and receive feedback from not only their teachers, but their peers. Blogs as Electronic Portfolios The original version of this BlogShop was for a group of faculty at Chandler-Gilbert Community College interested in systems for electronic portfolios. This was presented not necessarily to say that blogs were ideal as an eportfolio platform, more to say it was possible and to look carefully at the communication and publishing tools built in to web logs. We had a section of the blogshop that expounded (or at least tried to) on An Idea: Blogfolios. In fact, Chandler-Gilbert has created their own eportfolio system that iincludes a blogging tool, and you should be able to find examples of both student (example) and faculty (example) use. A number of teacher education students have taken to using blogs as a portfolio or as a journaling tool of their experience, such as Ryna Eby, Dialectic Journal, Lee Smith's Me v2.0, and Mrs Taylor's Weblog. In the hands of a talented graphic designer, a blog can produce a stunning electronic portfolio. Class/Course/Discipline Resources As you look at more blog examples, hopefully you can see how a blog is a great tool for assembling internet resources for a speciific course or subject area. First of all, it provides the means not only to link to other sites, but to annotate them as to what is relevant about those sites. But a blog has the capabilty of organizing resources into different categories, and it can add the use of a search tool. Now isn't that better than just providing a static list of links? See Bruce Landon's Weblog for Students (Psychology) or Archaeology Online. Also note that the subject oriented collection of websites at is actually run completely with weblog technology. Citizen Scientist is a "clearinghouse of ideas for bringing science into the classroom." Mrs Counter's Fourth Grade Class Weblog provides resources for this school in Maineville, Ohio. Tim Merritt's DV for Teachers provides a wealth of resources. More examples to come...[...]

BlogWondering (what the heck is a blog?)


Okay, we have thrown the word "blog" at you, and tried to be cute at saying it is a thing and an action. But we humans like things clearly defined, so let's dig into some definitions of "weblogs." Pick one you like, write your own, or just live with a fuzzy definition. You will get a better sense of blogs once you begin looking at them and you will even be more attuned when you begin participating in the blog world. Jill Walker (who has a weblog!) shares a defintion of a weblog, written for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory: A weblog, or *blog, is a frequently updated website consisting of dated entries arranged in reverse chronological order so the most recent post appears first (see temporal ordering). Typically, weblogs are published by individuals and their style is personal and informal. Weblogs first appeared in the mid-1990s, becoming popular as simple and free publishing tools became available towards the turn of the century. Since anybody with a net connection can publish their own weblog, there is great variety in the quality, content, and ambition of weblogs, and a weblog may have anywhere from a handful to tens of thousands of daily readers. Examples of the *genre exist on a continuum from *confessional, online *diaries to logs tracking specific topics or activities through links and commentary. Though weblogs are primarily textual, experimentation with sound, *images, and videos has resulted in related genres such as photoblogs, videoblogs, and audioblogs (see intermediality; media and narrative). Most weblogs use links generously, allowing readers to follow conversations between weblogs by following links between entries on related topics. Readers may start at any point of a weblog, seeing the most recent entry first, or arriving at an older post via a search engine or a link from another site, often another weblog. Once at a weblog, readers can read on in various orders: chronologically, thematically, by following links between entries or by searching for keywords. Weblogs also generally include a blogroll, which is a list of links to other weblogs the author recommends. Many weblogs allow readers to enter their own comments to individual posts. Weblogs are serial and cumulative, and readers tend to read small amounts at a time, returning hours, days, or weeks later to read entries written since their last visit. This serial or episodic structure is similar to that found in *epistolary novels or *diaries, but unlike these a weblog is open-ended, finishing only when the writer tires of writing (see narrative structure). Many weblog entries are shaped as brief, independent narratives, and some are explicitly or implicitly fictional, though the standard genre expectation is non-fiction. Some weblogs create a larger frame for the micro-narratives of individual posts by using a consistent rule to constrain their structure or themes (see Oulipo), thus, Francis Strand connects his stories of life in Sweden by ending each with a Swedish word and its translation. Other weblogs connect frequent but dissimilar entries by making a larger narrative explicit: Flight Risk is about an heiress's escape from her family, The Date Project documents a young man's search for a girlfriend, and Julie Powell narrates her life as she works her way through Julia Child's cookbook. You can find no shortage of various definitions for "weblogs"- here is a gaggle of them, er, rather a "google" of defintions (a search gfrom Google). But before you get too far clicking and defining, let's just refer to blogging as a personal, chronological organized publishing system for the web. Some of the key characteristics of a blog might be: It is a person's viewpoint (usually) that is key. A blog is opinion, commentary, diary, reflection, but it nearly always represents the voice of an individula or a group of people. Blogs are quite often text dominant, but can include most any other type of media. However, the emphasis is primarly i[...]

BlogWelcome (blog = a noun + a verb)


Okay, this is a trendier title than "introduction". In this first step of the "blogShop" we welcome the un-initiated into the virtues of weblogs, and try to entice you to click a bit farther.

Perhaps you have heard colleagues talking about "blogs." Maybe your middle school age child spends a lot of time "blogging." Or you may have read about them as a new internet fad/phenomena.

If you are still foggy about blogs ("blog fog?"), do not worry. And if you are really lost, just let's say you are looking at a blog right now? Is that clearer than mud?

Blog The Noun

Yes, this is a blog, short for "weblog." Just a web page. That's all. No fuss. We will get to the definitions later.

It is nothing more than another among the 99 trillion other web pages. But beneath this blog is something unique, as well as the simple tools I have used to write here, plus some really nifty ways that blogs can communicate with each other and people who might be interested in it.

So think of a blog as a web site that can be easily published.

Without knowing HTML.

Without being a techie geek.

Blog the Verb

But you might also say, "I blogged on that issue today" which likely means that you have just written about a particular topic or issue on your own weblog. Or you can blog about content on another web site, meaning you have written some commentary about information you have found elsewhere on the internet.

So the act of writing to your blog is called "blogging." You "blog" to your "blog."

A noun and a verb. In the next section we dig a little bit deeper into what a weblog is.

The Shop is Open


Well, I just came here to stake a claim on this blogger-space. The plan is to develop an online workshop geared for teachers to learn how to effectively use for their own blogs or to help them understand it to in turn, teach their students. It is more likely these days, that the students can teach the teachers!

I have already created a BlogShop in (and for) MovableType. Given that it is bone simple easy for anyone to create a free Blog here, I felt it was time to dive in, learn a bit about the publishing tools, and.... well this is the first step of the journey.

Nice! Just used the spell check tool. It works like a charm.