- Watch EduBlogs "What is a Blog?" video.
- Learn how to set up your blog through Blogger with this great tutorial created by Shannon Petty in Godley ISD. (NOTE: All educators who are part of a Google Apps for Education, or GAFE, district automatically have a Blogger account with your GAFE login. If you do not have a GAFE account, watch this "How to Set Up a Blog from Scratch." This video is a bit longer, but it has some great tips and how-to's.)
- Create your blog, if you don't already have one, and then share your blog link here.
- You may want to do the next task prior to creating your blog in order to have a better idea of how you want to use your blog in your role as an educator.
- Read EdTech Sandy K's post, "Blog Topic Ideas for Educators" as well as one or two of the articles she mentions in the "Want some more advice?" section of her post.
- Think about the suggestions and information shared on these blogs. What stands out to you the most? Please answer this question in the comments section here on my blog.
- Write your first blog post, or first post for this course, by answering the following questions.
- Why are you taking the "Blasting into the Blogosphere" course?
- What do you hope to learn from the course?
- Reflect on the following questions and post your answers on your blog as your second blog post.
- What is your role in education? (i.e. classroom teacher, specialist, administrator, etc.)
- How do you plan to use your blog in your role as an educator?
- Examples: Class newsletter to communicate with parents and students; school-wide newsletter to communicate to staff, parents, and/or students; lesson ideas and tutorials to share with other educators; personal reflections about your role as an educator; etc.
- Find or take a picture of your favorite office supply or classroom tool. Post this picture and write about why you can't live without it as your third blog post this week.
- Visit other course participants' blogs (see the list here) and leave a comment on at least two other blogs.
Other Helpful Resources:
- Get started with Blogger from the Google Help Center
- Technology in the Classroom "Blogger Tutorials" created by Shannon
Remember, all of the above tasks should NOT be completed in one sitting or even on the same day. Spread it out over the course of the week, as I will post additional tutorials and helpful information along the way.
Happy blogging! ~ April