Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Video: Google Docs in Plain English

Google Docs in Plain English

Basically Google Docs is Microsoft Office suite on line. Instead of software that is downloaded and runs on your computer you have webware that is run inside your web browser from any computer. Also gDocs allows you to access your documents from anywhere and to collaborate with others on a live document rather than sending different version attachments back and forth. You can also publish, embed, and email to share your files. Oh and it is also free, all you need to do is sign up for a google account.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

Check out, download, and read the evolution of the classic Bloom's Taxonomy into the Digital Bloom's Taxonomy  at http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/Bloom's+Digital+Taxonomy


Friday, February 1, 2008

How I Ran a Blog Training Workshop

First I shared my blog with some teachers at my school to create a little buzz. Then I invited 3 teacher leaders that I new have the basic tech skills down that would be interested in and willing to give blogs and try to a voluntary 40 minute blog PD before school. I thought it went pretty smooth all of them got their blog up and running by the end of the 40 minutes. Here is how I ran the session:

Google’s Blogger Training: How to Set Up Your Blog

1) show them my blogging resources on my ambrose.edvibes.com blog, so they don’t have to take notes and they can find more info later.

2) Familiarize the structure of blogs using my class blog classofambrose.blogspot.com
-Reverse chronology

3) How to navigate through blogs
-Find a post through the archives
-Find a post through labels

4) Internet Safety & Digital Citizenship
-Share my blog contract

5) Set up a blogger acnt
-Need a google acnt

6) Name your blog and choose an address
-make it kid friendly: easy to remember and spell

7) Choose a background

8 ) Go through settings
*Must change commend moderation ON
*Put an email address to receive comments to moderate

9) Show dashboard navigation

10) Create a new post

11) Show WYSWYG editor
-Compose vs Html mode

12) How to add an image
-from computer
-from web

13) How to embed a youtube video

14) How to hyperlink

15) Adding labels

16) Customizing the layout
-add page elements (labels, link list)

Then I followed up with a support email giving them the link to my post What, How, and Why Blog.

Next time make a handout for them with the agenda and some links so they can take notes and have something to remind them of their blog later.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

What, Why, & How to Blog

Blogging 101 - How to get started

What are Blogs?
Definition of a Blog: Here I give you some of the best definitions across the web from google and wikipedia

Video: Blogs in Plain English: Watch this 3 minute video that gives an excellent explanation about blogs

Anatomy of a Blog:
Here I found some great diagrams and images that label and explain all the main components of a blog and a post that help you understand how blogs are set up so you can better navigate them.

What Blogs Aren’t: Read about the difference between Blogs and Websites, Discussion Boards, Social Networks, and Wikis

Why Blog?
Blogging Turns 10yrs Old!: This is a voice thread (power point slide with voice comments) that Steve Hargadon set up that celebrates blogging by having educators around the world comment about why they blog

Why I Switched From a Class Website to a Blog:
This is a post I wrote explaining my rationale for switching from a class website (web1.0) to a class blog (web2.0).

How to be a Blogger?
How to Get Started with Google's Blogger: Everything you need to get set up and started to create your own free blog in minutes

Blog Rules & Contract: I believe it is very important to clearly set up your expectations and guidelines to make sure blogging is fun and safe for kids, here are my rules and contract

How to Enter the Edublogosphere: Finding Good Edublogs to Read: This is a post I wrote giving tips on how to enter the education blogging community and finding good blogs to read.

How and Why to Comment on this Blog: Is a post I wrote for my students on commenting

Beating Blogger’s Block: Blog Starters & Styles: A slide show explaining the different types of blog posts that help you to get started with writing your blog posts.

Sharing the Path to Building this Blog: This is list of some of more advanced customizations you can make for your blog (Coming Soon)

See Also
I Would Like to Share My Class Blog Now: Here you can check out my first elementary class blog

See all my posts on blogging here

See all my bookmarks and research on blogging here

This has been a part of the following series:

A Teacher's Tour Guide into the New Read/Write Web2.0 Series

What Blogs Aren't

Round 1
Blogs vs Website The biggest confusion. See also this good discussion on this topic and Why I Switched From a Class Website to a Blog

Round 2
Blogs vs Discussion Boards How discussion boards are evolving to live conversations with blog posts and comments

Round 3
Blogs vs Social Networking Too often people confuse the two and blogging gets a bad name from myspace

Round 4
Blog vs Wiki? Best distinction I have heard are Blogs are for opinion and wikis should be for facts

Anatomy of a Blog

If you click on this link you will open a big picture of a screen shot of what a blog looks like where you can zoom in and read all the different labels of the anatomy of a blog. Very helpful! Source marbyonline.org

Next click here for the anatomy of blog post with some key vocab.