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									          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
  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”.
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
Blogging – The Author
  Enter blog posting on a web-based form
Blogging – The Author
  Publish the blog at
Blogging – The Reader
  View the blog posting directly on the web
  Subscribe to the RSS feed for the blog
   using an RSS feed aggregator
Why Would You Want to Blog?
  Writing practice
  Creative outlet
  Crystallize wisdom
  Contribute
  Connect
  Speed familiarity
  Capture learning history
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
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
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 and create a free
 Create a blog [MyBlogName].
 Compose your first blog posting.
 Publish it at:
 Let all your friends, colleagues, and family
  know the URL. You now are an official

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