TATL #6: Blogging

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What is blogging?

3 sizes:     

Small: "Microblog" Twitter, Tumblr

Medium: "a page or so"

Large: "'long form" for magazines (for writers who have skills)

Types: images, texts, links

Purpose: Diary/Journal, CMS (course management system, publications (talk about something you’re good at)

How can teachers use blogs?

Emily’s walkabout:

1) Teacher #1: Digital Portfolio - includes teacher resume, sample lesson plans, projects + results, pictures (great for job interviews)

2) Teacher #2: CMS (Course Management System) - Moodle.com, Coursera.org, etc. Emily uses blogs to post her lesson agenda to save time instead of writing the agenda at the beginning of class every day. It can also serve as a reference for students who don’t come to class or for Emily when she wants to look back to what she did.

List of possible blog creation sites to check out:

FREE: Pinterest.com, Blogger.com, Learnist.com, Wordpress.com, Tumblr.com, Weebly.com

PAID: Squarespace.com, Posthaven.com

What's In My Bag?

Emily: Thin Addictives (http://nonnis.com/products/thinaddictives/)

Roger: Frixion Pen from Pilot (http://pilotpen.us/brands/frixion/)

TATL #5: Skillful Use of Videos in the Classroom (part 2)

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Benefits of video: breaks up a dry lesson, provides visual and sound stimulation
Cons of video: Hard to find a great video, it takes time to set up video, sound, projector

Roger’s 3 Ss to help you remember:
S-search: searching for good video
S-setup: setup the video before
S-sustain: can the video be used again

Emily’s advice

Search: decide the goal of the lesson and how the video should fit in the lesson. She looks for videos made by other students on YouTube because of simplistic language, TED.org, NPR.org (Roger suggests teachertube.com, academicearth.org, Open Courseware: ocw.uci.edu), don’t need to show the entire video (Roger: can just show 1 minute and show it multiple times)

Setup: Create a document that provides links of videos that can be continuously updated and accessible, give the video links to students

Sustain: Have a video archive (continue to next podcast for Part 2)


What's In My Bag?

Emily: Ginger candy from Trader Joe's 'Ginger People' brand at traderjoes.com

Roger: Business Cards from Moo.com