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Blogs to Support Student Achievement

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on June 15, 2008 at 10:44:17 pm



What is a Blog?


At its simplest, "A blog (a  portmanteau of web log) is a website where entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog." ( Wikipedia) The term weblog, or blog, was coined by Jorn Barger in 1997 and refers to a simple webpage consisting of brief paragraphs of opinion, information, personal diary entries, or links, called posts, arranged chronologically with the most recent first, in the style of an online journal (Doctorow et al., 2002).

Blogging allows you to easily create a webpage with your own ideas and information. Other characteristics of weblogs include archives, a unique URL for each post (called a permalink), an RSS feed to syndicate the blog’s content, dated and time-stamped entries, the capability of the software to allow readers’ comments, and use of templates to assist in page design and layout. (See Parts of a Blog.)



Blogs have become very  popular because they can be used in so many ways, from personal diaries to online portfolios to announcements to commentaries on politics and world events. They can be written, edited, and updated from any computer with Internet access at any time of the day or night. Through the ability to comment, readers of blogs can interact with the author, and with hot links, they can point to related sites and ideas. They are usually in reverse chronological order, newest posts first, which makes it easily organized and encourages people to visit again to see what is new. Blogs have become an accepted form of communication and a way to express and explore ideas. They give writers a public voice.

One who blogs is a "blogger."



Blogs to check out:

Students Blogging









Teachers/Educators Blogging







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