Blogs


Blogs, or weblogs, are any website where any person or group of people write about certain topics. It can be a family blog, a tech blog, or just some person sounding like an expert.

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There are many uses of blogs in education. Some of the more popular ones are:

Blogger
Wordpress
EduBlogs

1. Classroom Management
One of the obvious uses of using a blog is classroom management: handouts, homework assignments, videos, and presentations among other things can be posted to the blog. The blog can also act as a question and answer board through the use of comments.

2. Connect with the Parents
Sharing photos or videos in addition to posting announcements is an excellent way to connect the wonderful things going on in your classroom

3. Collaboration

*When students write to a blog, they are writing to an authentic audience. The writing is not just between student and teacher and sometimes the parents. The writing is available for all to see providing motivation to excel.
*Blogs allow a space for collaboration between students and teachers.
*Extends learning to the home (if students go home and chat or go to Facebook, why not have them on your blog or wiki instead?).
*Provides the opportunity to teach students about responsible writing.

Wikis


A wiki is a website that uses wiki software, allowing the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked Web pages...Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites, to power community websites, for personal note taking, in corporate intranets, and in knowledge management systems. Source

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Some of the more popular wikis are:

wikispaces
pbworks.com
wetpaint

Glogs


According to Wikipedia, a glog is a graphical blog or an online rich media poster. It's basically a blog made with images & video with the ability to add text & links. Glogster Edu is a place for anyone to create their own glog and it even allows teachers to register a virtual class. Also allows students to look at and comment on each other's glogs. Some ideas for classroom use: end of unit reflection, posters to illustrate topic themes, 'Wanted' posters about individuals critical to a unit of study.