Welcome to this ‘Blogs and Blogging’ ETA workshop. We have 30 computers but with so many particpants you may have to share a computer, which may work out well as we collaborate today (and in the future?) to develop our blogs and networks.
The rubric for the workshop:
The media landscape, especially journalism, has undergone a (r)evolutionary change in the last few years with the rise of the blogger. Establish a blog in this workshop for personal or professional use. Blogging is a great way for you to participate in the Web 2.0 world as an English educator. This workshop is for delegates with little or no experience of blogging.
I once ran workshops on how to use blogs with classes and published articles as far back as 2004. I soon realised, that teachers who do not read blogs or blog themselves were not going to be particularly successful at teaching using this tool. I guess it is akin to teaching English without ever writing for pleasure or reading for fun.
In this workshop, I’d like you to establish a blog (or work on a pre-existing one) and it does not neccesarily have to be for educational purposes. The issue is that you gain experience and have ongoing support from your growing network of bloggers and colleagues.
It is never easy – in a brief workshop like this – to completely understand the pre-existing knowledge that delegates have about blogs and blogging but if we view this brief video, at least we have a starting point.
Here’s a list of blogging terms for later reference too.
Okay, click on here and we shall begin. You can either, work at your own pace or follow along with me, demonstrating at the front of the room.
Why don’t you comment about the usefulness (or other) of this workshop at this blog post and leave a link to your new blog. Also, here’s some ideas for using a blog in the classroom.
Finally, my other workshops will be available at this blog shortly.