Learning Objectives: Students will engage in a developmentally appropriate digital learning environment to share ideas and communicate globally, will demonstrate effective input of text and data using an input device, understand that the use of digital tools and media-rich resources enhances creativity and the construction of knowledge, and that digital tools and environments, such as blogs and wikis support the learning process and foster collaboration in solving local or global issues and problems. Students will understand that technological advancements create societal concerns regarding the practice of safe, legal, and ethical behaviors. Learners will recognize and practice responsible social and ethical behaviors when using technology, and understand the consequences of inappropriate use including internet access, personal security, and safety issues. The student will input and access text and data, using appropriate keyboarding techniques or other input devices. The Students will engage in a variety of developmentally appropriate learning activities with other students using electronic tools. The learner will illustrate and communicate original ideas and stories using digital tools and media-rich resources and embrace the idea that use of digital tools enhances creativity and the construction of knowledge. Students will write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences. Learners will use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.6, TEC.K-126.96.36.199 B.2, TEC.K-188.8.131.52 A.3, TEC.K-184.108.40.206.C.1, TEC.K-220.127.116.11.B.1 )
**The above content has been retrieved on 10/10/16 from an article on https://www.digitalunite.com/guides/social-networking-blogs/blogs/what-blog.
Notes and Highlights: A Blog
A blog is the logging of one's thoughts, ideas, experiences and more, all in one place on the web.
With a few clicks, you can share thoughts, opinions, news, anything! This makes blogs so easy to use.
The Blog is the staple of who you are. It is the ultimate expression of You on the web.
The THEME for your Blog
The looks of your blog comes from the theme you choose.
You choose a theme and personalize it. Just select the layout, the color and/or background images you prefer to get the looks you like.
Most Blog Themes Have 4 Main Sections
The HEADER - is where you'll see the blog's title, logo, and main navigational menu.
The MENU - is the way your visitor can easily navigate the content of your site. Menus are a natural part of web experience and link the readers to the various contents and pages found on your blogs.
The SIDE BARs - Blogs usually have these. This area contains the widgets and things you want to highlight. Like your favorite links, your popular contents, recent activity, subscription options, and social media tools.
The FOOTER - rests at the bottom of your blog. This displays content that doesn't often change but your readers can easily access. It includes links to read more About You, or a Contact Page.
The BODY - is the most important area of your blog. This is the main content area. This is usually the primary reason people come to your blog. It's where your thoughts and ideas come to life as you share them within your post or page.
Post vs. Page : What's the diffeence between a Post and a Page?
Pages are different from posts. They're normally static. It displays standard contents such as About Me page and Contact page.
While Posts are all the good stuff where you publish your thoughts. They appear on the main page of your blog in most standard format. It's usually in the order of the most recent at the very top of the list.
Blog posts are things like your daily update or news about your niche topic. A new story appears at the very top of the blog for the world to see. This used to be done as journals. Published posts are the live-version of journal entries available for others to see.
Readers have the option to react in a comment section. Others can add their thoughts to yours, sharing a conversation with you or just providing feedback about your blog. This brings a community element to blogs. Hence, making them a popular medium of expression and information sharing.
Sharing and Media
Blogs make it easy to share images, video, and other types of media file giving you complete freedom of creative expression.
The popularity of mobile phone lets people view your blog at any time from anywhere in the palm of their hand.
People share on blogs everyday. Blogging is a great way to connect with other people and get your ideas out there.
BrainPop Jr.- Blogs Click on the image to the left to navigate to BrainPop Jr. to learn all about Blogs. You will need to log in with our school log in username and password. Following the following steps:
1. Watch the MOVIE. 2. Check out the WORD WALL. 3. Complete the TALK ABOUT IT online Graphic Organizer, print it to the PRIM LAB B/W in HPS printer, and turn it in. 4. Take the HARD QUIZ online, enter your full name (yes, it is okay for this activity), print your quiz to the PRIM LAB B/W in HPS printer, and turn it in. 5. Visit the BELLY UP and POP A JOKE sections. 6. Complete the ACTIVITY on line, print your work to the PRIM LAB B/W in HPS printer, and place it into your COMPUTERS folder (make sure you put your name on it). 7. Navigate to the GAMES link to play the two online games relating to this topic.
BrainPop- Blogs Click on the image to the left to navigate to BrainPop to learn all about Blogs. You will need to log in with our school log in username and password. Following the following steps: 1. Watch the MOVIE. 2. Click on FYI. A. Read about blogs in REAL LIFE. B. Read about blogs in GRAPHS, STATS, & NUMBERS. C. Review Blogging Vocabulary in LANGUAGE. D. Learn about ways Bloggers in money in CAREERS. E. Read the COMIC. 3. Click on Q&A to review the topic. 4. lick on QUIZ to take the CLASSIC QUIZ. When you are finished, enter your full name (yes, it is okay for this activity), print it to the PRIM LAB B/W in HPS printer, and turn it in. 5. Click on ACTIVITY, complete the GRAPHIC ORGANIZER, enter your name (yes, it is okay for this activity), print it to the PRIM LAB B/W in HPS printer, and turn it in. 6. Click on ACTIVITY, define each Blogging term within the VOCABULARY section, click print, enter your name (yes, it is okay for this activity), print it to the PRIM LAB B/W in HPS printer, and turn it in.
Scholastic News Online -Sticky Situations Example Blog Click on the image to the right to navigate to an example blog for students. The site will open in a new tab within your browser. Read each entry quietly to yourself.
Scholastic News Online-Book Reviews Example Blog Click on the image to the left to navigate to an example blog for students. The site will open in a new tab within your browser. Read each entry quietly to yourself.