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4. Start blogging

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You can use a blog to publish text, photos or video online.This Thing helps you to choose a platform and  has some ideas to help you get started in your very own blog.

Which blogging platform?

Behind your blog is a ‘platform‘ (software or service) that ‘hosts’ your blog.

Some of the popular education blog platforms are: Edublogs, Google’s Blogger and WordPress.

Here’s some info about what these platforms offer:

Why WordPress?

Why Google Blogger?

Some schools use Microsoft SharePoint Sites blog feature. Only users with a Microsoft login for the site can access it. i.e. it is not accessible to the public.

When you choose a platform consider:

  • Who am I blogging for?
  • Who is my audience?
  • What is the purpose?
  • Are there age restrictions?
  • How tight are the security settings? Will this suit your needs (or your students needs)? Check the Terms and Conditions.

Choose a platform to suit your needs.A school may prefer one platform but for now you can choose any one. You could try one and create another later.

Tips for a successful blog:

This FREE eBOOK: 10 Habits of Bloggers that Win – Cool Cat Teacher Blog gives detail to the tips outlined above.

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For this Thing you set up a blog and make a post. Here’s help to do this for the main platforms:

Add a short post to your blog.

Choose one or more of these ideas to get started if you wish:

  • Share a link to a blog you like – maybe one in Thing3. Tell us about the blog and why you think we should read it.
  • Introduce yourself.
  • Tell us why your have chosen to complete this 23 Teaching Things.  What do you hope to get out of this course?
  • Write about something that is of interest to you – you could share your thoughts about learning and digital technologies.  What are the characteristics of an effective teacher?  Who was your favourite teacher at school and why?  What does this tell you about your thoughts on learning?

In this learning series, you’ll mainly use your blog to reflect and share ideas and links.

Once you have created your blog, email us the link.

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Here are some hints on blogging:

Get started:

2016 EdBlogNZ Challenge is a great way to get started.  You don’t have to worry about what to write about.  This challenge helps you! The 2016 EdBlogNZ Challenge is a part of Connected Educator New Zealand 2016 (#cenz16). A blogging challenge will be set on the first Monday of every month (except January which is out on the second Monday). You have the whole month in which to complete it.

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23 Teaching Things has been written by Lucie Lindsay, Bronwyn Edmunds in the team at CreATE at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work.


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