Blogs are websites containing entries (called “posts”) which appear in reverse chronological order, with the most recent post at the top of the page. Traditional websites require a bit of tech know-how, but blogs are easy to create and can be maintained by almost anyone, making them a great choice for classroom and educational use. Blogs first appeared as personal online journals, but now are used for all purposes and by all types of people, including organizations. Watch this video to learn more about blogs:
If you can't see the video, click here to watch it on the Common Craft website.
To complete Thing 2 you must:
A. Create your own blog
B. Register your blog in the 23 Things project
C. Reflect on Things 1 and 2 on your new blog
A. Create Your Blog
Now that you have an idea of what blogs are, let's see how easy it is to create your own! This is an important task, as you will be using your blog to reflect on your progress throughout this 23 Things program. At the end of each Thing, you will be asked to post to your blog – and project facilitators will read your blog to verify that you have completed all tasks.
There are many blog services available. We will be using Blogger. Watch the following video to learn how to set up your blog, then go to Blogger and create your own. To sign in to Blogger use your Google account information. Be creative when naming your blog – do not just call it "23 Things."
B. Register Your Blog
Once your blog is created, you must register your blog address by completing the following form. Remember, your blog address is "_________.blogspot.com" - it's the unique address you gave your blog when you created it. Be sure to click the Submit button after you've entered your information.
Once you've registered your blog, within 24 hours, it will be listed under “Participant Blogs” in right-side column of this website. That's so others can see what you’re doing – an important part of becoming an online community of learners.
Note: If you are just browsing this website as a guest, please do not register your blog address. You may work your way through the Things, but facilitators will not be monitoring your blog.
C. Reflect - Blog Prompts for Thing 1 & Thing 2
At the end of each Thing, you will be asked to post to your blog. Your reflective post should provide insight into what you’ve discovered and learned. Write about what worked, what didn’t, what you might try in your classroom, any surprises, frustrations, or eureka moments. We will offer some blog prompts. You do not have to answer all the questions nor should you feel limited by them -- they are just prompts to get you thinking. Make sure that the title of each blog post refers to the Thing that you are writing about (by number) -- give this first post the title: Thing 1 and Thing 2
Why are you participating in 23 Things? What do you hope to learn? What new insights did you have during Thing 1? How does writing on the Internet, knowing anyone could read it, change how you write or feel about writing?