Saturday, January 30, 2010

Week No. 4: Web 2.0.Blogging

During this week of our course of ICTs in ELT, our facilitator, Professor Evelyn Izquierdo, taught us the most relevant points related to blogging that can be summarized in the following way:

A blog (a contraction of the term "web log") is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or videos. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. In other words can be conceived as online diaries."Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (Art blog), photographs (photoblog), videos (Video blogging), music (MP3 blog), and audio (podcasting). Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts.

A blog entry typically consists of the following:
Title – main title of the post,
Body – main content of the post,
Comments – comments added by readers
Category (or tags) – category the post is labeled with (optional, multiple categories possible)
Blogroll – other blogs that the blog author reads/affiliates with
Permalink – the URL of the full, individual article
Post Date – date and time the post was published
Trackback – links to other sites that refer to the entry

Like the general blogging community, there are many ways to use blogging in teaching and learning. You can use an existing blog to provide information and insights. They can also help you provide examples to increase the quality of your students' blog entries. Or, you can encourage your students to create a blog for others that reflects these ideas.

In the area of language teaching, Campbell (2003) distinguishes three types of blogs:
- the tutor blog
-the class blog
-the learner blog


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