Using Blogs in the Classroom

What are blogs and how can we use them in education?



Reading and Subscribing to Blogs


  • Will Richardson in his book Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms points out that teachers need to become readers of blogs before using them with their students. The first step is to take some time to just read some good Weblogs. A good place to find some that might interest you is the "Find New Blogs" list at Bloglines (www.bloglines.com/topblogs)
  • Google has a Blog Search


Recommended Blogs Written by Educators:


RSS Aggregators



  • Two aggregators which allow you to subscribe to blogs:
    • Google Reader
Google Reader constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content. Whether a site updates daily or monthly, you can be sure that you won't miss a thing.
With Bloglines, you can subscribe to the RSS feeds of your favorite blogs, and Bloglines will monitor updates to those sites. You can read the latest entries easily within Bloglines.

Creating Your Own Blog

  • Learn how to enhance your blog with audio, video, and other media at the Cogs for Blogs site.

The above was originally published February 11, 2010 at http://texasschoolmarm.blogspot.com/2010/02/microsoft-office-add-in-embed-creative.html
Office 2007 users can download an add-in that will allow them to embed a Creative Commons license into a document. The add-in creates a Creative Commons tab that takes users directly to the Creative Commons Web site to select the appropriate license.
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that provides free licenses for creators to choose from that allows others to share, remix, use commercially, or any combination of the above.
One of the best ways to teach students to respect the work of others is to have them select a Creative Commons license for the projects they produce. The process of selecting the license of their choice provides a teachable moment when students can view copyright from the perspective of the owner rather than the consumer.
Even if you do not have Office 2007, check out the Creative Commons website and see how easy it is to choose a license and download the appropriate label to place within documents and video files.
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