Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Creating and Publishing Your First Blog

So, you're blog site has been created and you're ready to create your first post.  This video will show you how to create and publish posts on your blog site.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Setting Up Your BlogSpot Account

This video will show you how to set up your own blog spot.  Keep in mind, blogging with your school's account is a great way of providing content to your students and their parents while remaining within your district's domain.  You have a control over who can see it (students only, students and parents only, the public, etc.).  It's also a great way for students to present project that are within your control and the school's domain.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Blogger - Not Just For Blogging

We've heard the term "blogging" before, but what exactly is blogging?  Blogging started out as a way to allow people to post articles to the Internet without having to have any web design knowledge.  Blog sites added features such as RSS feeds which allow others to "follow" the blogger.  Blog sites were a quick and easy way for those with something to say to post their thoughts for the world to see.  Blogging is alive and well, but even if you're not a blogger, you can certainly make use of a blog site.  Since the site allows you to quickly and easily create web space, you can use a blog site to create a classroom website.  Your "blogs" can be anything you want.  This includes text, images, video, or any combination of the same.  Posts are automatically archived and are simple to find and search.  As such, if you're a teacher, you can post class notes, information, videos, images, and links related to your classroom curriculum.   Students can use the site in real-time, or use it as an online repository of lessons and information from your class.  If you have an interactive white board that can record, or if you have some other way to record your lessons, you can post these videos to your blog site where students will have access to them.  So don't think of a blog site as being just a source for blogs, think of it as a ready-made website waiting for you to easily fill it with content.

Below is an introduction to Blogger, Google's blog engine.  If you have a Google account, you have the ability to create a blog site.  Blogspot is Google's name for its blog engine.  Not only can you use it in your class, but students can create their own blog sites that are able to be accessed, monitored, and controlled by the school district.  It's a great tool for project-based learning.

In the coming days, I will post additional training videos showing you how to create your Blogspot account, set it up, and how to publish your first post.

BookBub - For Free Books!

If you like to read, or if you know someone who does, I have the site for you!  BookBub is a website that allows you to purchase e-books at super discounted prices, or even for free!  First, you have to create an account with them.  As part of the account, you indicate which genres you like and even which authors you like.  Then, each day you will receive an email with several book options.  Prices range from free to a few dollars.  If you see a book or books you like, simply click on the appropriate button and you will be taken to your Amazon account.  From your Amazon account, you indicate which device you want the book installed on, and the book will be delivered to it.  It’s quite simple.  You will be required to have an Amazon account, and currently, books are only Kindle enabled.  You don’t have to have a Kindle.  Remember, you can install the Kindle app on your iPad or Android device, essentially turning it into a Kindle reader.  What are you waiting for?  Go get a book!