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How to create your own Blog What’s a Blog? o Blogs (short for Web logs) are regularly updated Wed sites with entries posted in reverse order – in other words, newest entry on top, o A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. A place for your own private thoughts. Your memos to the world. o Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, there are no real rules. o In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what‟s new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not. Examples: o You can go to technorati.com to see the top 100 blogs. This site indexes over 57 millions blogs and adds a staggering 100 000 new blogs to its index every day. How Do I Create My Own Blog? To get an account online: 1. Go to http://edublogs.com -or- http://blogger.com -or- http://vox.com 2. Click icon that says Sign Up for Free 3. Insert your User name: 4. Insert your email address: 5. Answer security question (What‟s 2 x 2 four) 6. Check I Agree 7. Click: Gimme a Blog! 8. Click: Next 9. Confirm your Blog Domain: ___edublogs.org 10. Insert Blog Title: 11. Click: Sign Up Confirmation will be sent to your email. Once this happens you must activate it within 2 days or else it will be eliminated. Jazzing Up Your Blog 1. Go to log in page – http://edublogs.org 2. You must be logged in to add/change any of the formatting of your blog 3. It‟s a good idea to check out the videos on this log in page to familiarize yourself with the site and options 4. Most of the changes can be accessed by using the “Dashboard” 5. Picking a template: Presentation > Themes a. There is a list of several pre-designed templates to choose from: select one (Careful – some are better than others) Presentation > Widgets b. You have a variety of options to add to the layout of your blog page. You can add pictures, manage your site, insert calendars add web links 6. Create a entry or posting a message a. Write > Select Posting b. Write your entry c. Publish d. View Site How blogging can benefit your classroom o With your blog, you monitor/edit/approve all comments before they are put on your site o You can store templates at your blog, which your students can access o Embedding or including links allow family‟s to view videos and presentations from class, discuss the learning at home and then comment about them online Inserting a Link to your blog o This means that if you click the link on your blog, the link will take you to that site. After you are done, you will have to hit the „back‟ button to get back the your blog page. 1. Go to Dashboard 2. Presentation > Widgets > Add Blogroll (This allows you to view links on the homepage of your blog) 3. Blogroll > Add a Link > paste URL of link add title (ie. Base Ten Blocks) > add category (ie. Math Tools) o We are in the process of trying to “embed‟ a video off TeacherTube. This would allow you to view the students presentations right from your blog without transferring to a second site. Not Yet Within Meets Expectations Fully Meets Exceeds Expectations Aspect Expectations (minimal level) Expectations The writing The writing is The writing presents relevant, very brief, presents loosely easy-to-follow The writing is disjointed, or connected ideas ideas with some clear, focused, illogical and is with little Snapshot detail and and developed with flawed by repeated development; parts explanation. some elaboration basic errors. The may be confusing Growing control of nd individuality student needs or flawed by written language; ongoing support frequent errors few errors. o Retells; may o Develops a o Some analysis o Purpose or give some point of view of reaction, topic may be opinions or opinion with often connected unclear o Few relevant a sense of to retelling Meaning o Few details; details, individuality o Some supporting o Ideas may be copied reasons, and o Develops ideas details, o Use of detail by unrelated to explanations; with some reasons, and the topic; often relies on engaging explanations often very class ideas details, (e.g. How short from class reasons, and student felt) discussions examples o Generally o Basic language simple o Language is Style often errors in o Clear, direct language; varied; often o Clarity, word choice language; some little variety tries new words variety, and o Poorly variety o Simple and o Flows smoothly; impact of constructed o Some variety in compound has sentence language sentences; sentences sentences; variety little variety little variety o Introduces the o Beginning may o Usually o Introduces the topic, often in be confusing identifies the topic an engaging way o Unfocused; topic o Middle is often o Develops topic ideas seem o Middle is often a list of through unrelated to simply a list related but relevant, Form topic; may be of loosely undeveloped appropriate o Beginning very short related events reasons, ideas, o Organization o Disjointed; o Repeats a few example, and logically and sequence overuses a few simple details organized o Connecting connecting connecting o Uses a variety o Smooth words words (e.g. words (e.g. of connecting transitions; o ending and, then) or and, then, so); words range of omits them may omit them o Ending my be effective altogether in places abrupt (i.e. connecting o Ending my be o Often omits ends, but does words missing or endings not conclude) o Has a illogical conclusion o Several errors, o Few errors; Conventions o Frequent, these may make o Some errors, these are o Complete repeated errors parts hard to but these do usually caused sentences make the follow not affect by taking risks o Spelling writing o Most simple meaning o Complete o Capitals difficult to sentences are o Most sentences sentences; may o Punctuation understand correct; some are complete; include some o Grammar/usage o Many incomplete incomplete or few run on errors in long or run on run on sentences or complex sentences sentences sentences o Independently o Able to access accesses and o frequent site utilizes site o Independently support is independently; as required, Using Technology accesses and required to but, requires and experiments navigates site access and use support to find by using the as required site and utilize site for options independent means This is the Grade Four Performance Standards, we have tacked on a Using Technology component on the bottom.
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