For this assignment, you will:
- Set up your individual blog (if you don't already have one).
- Publish a blog post.
- Share the link to your post via Twitter (and include #EDUC661OL).
- Submit the link to your Tweet on this assignment page.
Follow These 5 Steps
1. Choose your blogging tool of choice.
Three popular options are listed below. Select one (you may wish to Google it on your own to do additional research or examine some blogs of other educators to see what they use).
(Control+Click or Command+Click the title of a tool below to open the "account set up" page in a new tab.)
An educational blogging service that provides free blogs for educators and class blogs (free to a degree) for teachers/students and entire districts (for a premium). Edublogs has Wordpress baked inside. In short, if you choose Edublogs, you will be using Wordpress with support that is designed especially for teachers and students.
Blogger (Google's blogging platform)
Blogger is easy to set up and easy to use. You won't find options designed for teachers. Blogger works well for teacher blogs, but not the best option for class blogs.
Wordpress is the open source blogging platform that is baked inside Edublogs. If you set up a blog at Wordpress.com, you'll be using the same interface that Edublogs uses but it will be couched within a community, primarily comprised of marketing and business professionals.
2. Create your blog.
Creating your blog may be easier than you think. Making it look the way you want it to look will take some time (and that is a process you will continue in the coming weeks).
Regardless of the blog tool you will use, there are 3 things you'll need to decide upon first:
-username (the name you'll use to log in to access your blog dashboard)
-password (a complex password is best)
-A title for your blog. Typically, the blog title is used in your blog's URL (web address). The URL cannot be changed. You may simply choose to use your name or you may choose something else. Click here (to open in a new tab use Command+Click or Control+Click) to view a list of top K12 tech blogs.
3. Write and publish a blog post.
Keep in mind what you learned about the difference between Pages and Posts! Posts are entries in your blog (like journal entries). Pages are static webpages you can use to enhance and build out areas of your blog (Examples: About Me, Current Projects, etc.).
Use the support resources your blog tool provides to make your first blog post. Blog posts should be concise so don't feel pressured into writing an essay. :)
In your post, do the following:
- Introduce yourself.
- Share a goal or two you have for your blog.
- Share your feelings and experiences with setting up your blog.
- Ask for advice about one specific thing (anything!) from experienced bloggers.
4. Share your post on Twitter!
- Go to the URL of your post. It find this, you can simply go to your blog's URL and navigate to the first post.
- Once your post is on the screen, copy the URL at the top of your browser's page.
- Now go to Twitter. Compose a Tweet that includes: a brief message, link to your post, and the hashtag #EDUC661OL.
5. Submit the link to your Tweet.
- Follow these steps to locate and copy the URL for the Tweet you just sent.
- Open a new tab or window and go to Twitter.com.
- Locate the Tweet.
- Click the ••• more icon located within the Tweet.
- From the menu that pops up, select Copy link to Tweet.
- A prompt will display the link to the Tweet so you can copy it to your clipboard.
- Return to this assignment page.
- Click the "Submit Assignment" button.
- In the "Website URL" box, paste the link to your Tweet.
- Share a comment with me in the comments box (optional).
- Click "Submit Assignment."
Pat yourself on the back! You did it! :)