Networked Applications Blogs and Blogging Based on the IEEE Education Society, 2006 Distinguished Lecture Series “Wikis, Blogs, RSS, and Podcasting” by Prof. Burks Oakley II, University of Illinois 2004 Word of the Year Definition of Blog & Blogging A blog is a website for which an individual or a group, frequently generates text, photographs, video, audio files, and/or links, typically (but not always) on a daily basis. The term is a shortened form of weblog. Authoring a blog, maintaining a blog or adding an article to an existing blog is called “blogging”. Individual articles on a blog are called “blog posts”, “posts”, or “entries”. The person who posts these entries is called a “blogger”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog Blogs – The Basics Blogs are web pages Read in reverse chronological order – the most recent postings are read first Continue to increase in popularity - a new blog is created every second Popular in part because of the simple software used to create them simple to create simple to update neatly organized free! Blogs & Blogging - Media Media used with blogs Most blogs are text-based There also are photo blogs, audio blogs (podcasts), and video blogs (vodcasts) Blogging – The Author Create a free account at Blogger.com Blogging – The Author Enter blog posting on a web-based form Blogging – The Author Publish the blog at Blogspot.com Blogging – The Reader View the blog posting directly on the web http://burkso2.blogspot.com/ Subscribe to the RSS feed for the blog using an RSS feed aggregator http://feeds.feedburner.com/b2onlearning Why Would You Want to Blog? Writing practice Creative outlet Crystallize wisdom Contribute Connect Speed familiarity Capture learning history http://decker.typepad.com/welcome/2004/10/why_blog_7_reas.html Growth of Blogging The Blogosphere “Blogosphere is the collective term encompassing all blogs as a community or social network. Many weblogs are densely interconnected; bloggers read others’ blogs, link to them, reference them in their own writing, and post comments on each others’ blogs. Because of this, the interconnected blogs have grown their own culture.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogosphere How to Find Blogs Google blog search Yahoo! blog search Technorati Bloglines Blogs – Great Resource Seven Things You Should Know About … Blogs – from EDUCAUSE What is it? Who is doing it? How does it work? Why is it significant? What are the downsides? Where is it going? What are the implications for teaching and learning? Teaching and Learning “Blogs are an increasingly accepted instructional technology tool. Blogs can be used for reflection about classes, careers, or current events; they can also capture and disseminate student- and faculty- generated content.” “Blogs offer students, faculty, staff and others a high level of autonomy while creating a new opportunity for interaction with peers. Blogs provide a forum for discussion that goes beyond coursework to include culture, politics, and other areas of personal exploration. Students often learn as much from each other as from instructors or textbooks, and blogs offer another mechanism for peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and acquisition.” An (Optional) Assignment Go to Blogger.com and create a free account. Create a blog [MyBlogName]. Compose your first blog posting. Publish it at: http://[MyBlogName].blogspot.com Let all your friends, colleagues, and family know the URL. You now are an official blogger!!
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