Learning Goal: I’m working on a website development project and need guidance to help me learn.Making a blog and website evaluation- Blogger • Step by Step Directions (name: Ryann Payne, site link https://sites.google.com/view/ryannpayneseducation…) Topic is health and wellnessOpen Google and locate Blogger.
Create blog account.
Create the blog following directions
Name the page descriptively according to its’ purpose – reflections of technology.
Choose a template wisely- do not use dynamic templates. I usually suggest using the Simple template (you can customize it with your own colors and images but it allows the requirements to show for grading purposes)
Insert a description for the blog
Create a profile with a picture. Complete the introduction in the profile.
Insert these two required gadgets if they are not part of the template: About Me and Blog Archive
Insert two RSS feeds about Educational Technology that pertain to your teaching interests and one or more useful gadgets WITHOUT ADS (I recommend inserting Wikipedia) To learn more about RSS feeds, read 7 Things You Should Know About RSS.
Create the first post which should consist of 2 paragraphs to introduce yourself and explain your expectations for the course. Be sure to insert a picture of yourself on the first blog post page.
Over the course of the semester you will blog about about additional readings/activities in technology that will be explained to you and graded by a rubric.
Steps for RSS feedsOn your Blogger Dashboard click ‘Layout’.
Click ‘Add a Gadget’.
Scroll down to the Feed gadget.
Click the blue + beside the gadget.
Paste in the URL of the feed you want to include.
Make sure you have all of the RSS feeds and gadgets.
Blog Post #1Blog Post #1Create a blog in Blogger to use for journaling about technology related topics. Complete your Google profile with photo and basic information. Choose the Simple theme because it layouts the rss feeds and gadgets in an easy to read format. Add “About Me” and “Blog Archive” gadgets if they are not on your page. Add 1 additional useful gadget (without ads I usually recommend adding Wikipedia) and 2 RSS feeds (education and technology). Add post #1 (2 paragraphs you will click on New post ) first paragraph which briefly introduces yourself and second paragraph tells what is the purpose of your blog – (YOU have different topics so you will have different purposes). Add a photo and add a link to your classroom website (which is in your footer Tech Blog). To link to Tech Blog at the footer of your website – highlight Tech Blog and click link and paste your blog url ( remember it will be the name and blogspot.com) Add “tags” (called labels in Blogger) to your post to identify the topic.Rubric- Directions: Using Blogger, each student creates a blog for journaling about important technology issues and research related to class projects throughout the semester. Each blog entry will be graded independently. Individual blog scores will be added to together to create an overall grade for the project at the end of the semester.To be successful with blog entries, student posts should provide in-depth overview of the most important topics shared in the reading or website. To achieve an Excellent rating, posts will be several paragraphs and thorough and will present the student’s perspective in a thoughtful and insightful manner using specific examples from the website or reading as well as expressing possible application of article content in projects or the student’s future classroom. Evidence of pursuit of additional information beyond the assigned reading would also be presented. Blog: Initial Organization and Design -All posts should be left justified, single-spaced (DS between paragraphs). Links should be active and linked to text versus URLS. No first line indents. Student should write dynamically with links and photos to enhance the topic. At least two related photos should be used for understanding. Tags (3 to 5) are used to identify the post. 1 point reduction for not adhering to these guides.Title of the blog is original, descriptive and reflects the topic. A description is completed that explains blog purpose. A URL is shared with the instructor. About me profile is complete and features an appropriate headshot photo and contact info. 5
Template is selected. (recommended Simple Therme) The font and colors are easy to read. 5
Required gadgets, (1) About Me; (2) Blog Archives plus (3) one useful gadget without ads (Wikipedia) and (4, 5) two RSS feeds (about Educational Technology and if you want another one about your specific topic area) should be added to the sidebar.
The post adheres to best practices for writing in an electronic document (Review best practices) 5
The first post is completed and contains 2 paragraphs 1) personal introduction and 2)purpose of blog expectations. 5
Possible 30 points
Required Blog Activities & Entries1. Blog Creation and post 1: 30 pointsCreate a blog in Blogger to use for journaling about technology related topics. Complete your Google profile with photo and basic information. Choose a theme from Simple (this is the theme I require) because all of your info is formatted in the most easily viewed format), DO NOt use another theme. This themes will allow gadgets and the RSS feeds to display for grading purposes. Add “About Me” and “Blog Archive” gadgets if they are not a part of the theme you chose. Add 1 additional useful gadget (without ads) and 2 RSS feeds (education and technology). Add post 1 (2 paragraphs) which 1. briefly introduces yourself and 2. tells what you want this blog to be about and what the purpose of it is and the audience. Add 2-3 “tags” (called labels in Blogger) to your post to identify the topic. Tags should be treated as keywords used for search purposes. These should be closely related to the topic of the post. 2. Blog 2: Copyright, Fairuse and permissible amounts- 30 pointsCreate a post after closely reviewing, The Educator’s Guide to Copyright and Fair Use, a 5-part series that explains copyright, Fair Use and the guidelines for multimedia including the types of media and permissible amounts. The purpose of the assignment is for teacher candidates to get knowledge of copyright and what you and your students are allowed to do in your classroom. In this post, explain copyright, fair use and the permissible amounts of copyrighted information that can be used by teachers/students. Include rich details and evidence from the article and meet the requirements for dynamic writing in electronic documents while adhering to best practices in electronic spaces. 3. Blog 3: How to use Wikis in the Classroom – 30 pointsCreate a post after you review How To Use Wiki in the Classroom and In addition to reading the post, please make sure to watch the embedded videos. The purpose of the assignment is for teacher candidates to form ideas about ways to use wikis in the classroom. In this blog post, you should define a wiki, discuss advantages of wikis, and explain ways that wikis can be used in your classroom. Minimum requirement for word count is 300 words. (links and media) in electronic documents while adhering to best practices for design in electronic spaces. PLN Reflection #1 Pt 2#1 Part II. Exploring the PLN Categories (20 points) Read and evaluate an award-winning teacher blog (see Teacher Blogs for Review). These blogs provide a wealth of resources and ideas for your teaching with technology.
After viewing the blog, write a reflection about what you learned from the blog in a Google doc.
The reflection must include (use headings to make the reflection easier to follow):
a brief summary of the blog and author with a link to the blog
identify a minimum of three posts or content that you found appealing,
provide detailed explanations of the three posts,
insert a minimum of two images representing the content of the blog, (most blogs have images included)
write a personal critique of blogs as an education tool for teacher use.
After completing the reflection on your chosen blog -go to the last column on your PLE/PLN chart on your website – write Reflection #1 – blogs in the Reflection column on your chart – highlight Reflection #1 – blogs and link it to your Google doc reflection ( Remember when you share the doc to get the link make sure you go to the bottom of the doc page when sharing and change from restricted to anyone can view then copy the link and click done)
Website evaluation activityIt is important for teachers to choose appropriate educational resources and websites effectively. Evaluating websites is critical before sharing them with students. This activity will provide a guide to selecting websites. You may not use the evaluation form every time you choose a resource, but it will make you think critically about the websites you choose to teach with and share. Common sense items: Is it accurate? Is it up to date? Is it biased just to name a few.
Using a the list of educational websites provided successfully evaluate an educational website based on its author, publishing body, accuracy, currency, and lack of bias.
Complete an interactive PDF, upload the finished evaluation to Google Drive and embed in their website on the website evaluation page.
To create the PDF – open the interactive PDF and download – next open the download and the PDF will let you create your chosen website’s evaluation – to save – click in the upper right hand corner – Print – select save as PDF – save to your desktop and then upload to your Google Drive – share to get the doc public (change from restricted to anyone can view) – insert into your Google site under Tech Projects – Website Evaluation.
Requirements: The length of each instruction | .doc file
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