Blogging

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What is blogging?

For a brief introduction, read this article published by the BBC / British Council : http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/think/articles/blogging-elt

Why should you and / or your students get involved?

Take a look at the list of top ten reasons to blog or not to blog - how many of them do you agree with?

Discussion

Do you agree / disagree with these statements? Why? Why not?
  • Blogging should be fun for the learners - it shouldn't feel like work
  • You shouldn't force students to blog
  • It's better to give each student an individual, learner blog
  • Class blogs generally don't work very well
  • Correcting student work is not effective in blog (i.e. electronically)
  • It's difficult to keep the momentum going with a blogging project

Setting up a blog


1) If you haven't got a blog, then you should sign up for one. There are many places you can go to set one up:

Choose one of them and create your blog.

2) Once you have done this, check out the differences between blogs by looking at the following blogs:
Michael Ivy's Rome English Blog and Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day for Teaching ELL, ESL & EFL

One is a Teacher blog (blog set up by a teacher for teachers) and the other is a Tutor blog (a blog by teacher(s) for a group of students, class,etc)

3) What are the differences between a class blog and a learner blog? Check this article

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Further Reading


How to grow a blog: http://www.teachandlearn.ca/blog/2007/10/27/how-to-grow-a-blog/
How to be a more effective blogger: http://aquaculturepda.edublogs.org/2007/11/11/my-advice-on-being-a-more-effective-blogger/
Is it OK to be a technologically illiterate teacher? http://thefischbowl.blogspot.com/2007/09/is-it-okay-to-be-technologically.html

Just for Fun


Are you blogging this?