Blog skills for subject specialists

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Pedagogical content. Starting with the basic principles of blogs(tool) and blogging, this secondary course looks at their use within education and how they can be used to improve teaching and learning. (edit)

Resource details
Title Blog skills for subject specialists
Topic Blogs
Learning Objectives

Professional and reflective practitioner skills. At the completion of this course, students should be able to identify opportunities for the effective use of blog supported learning activities linked to their curriculum plans, and reflect on, and discuss, the impact of the use of a blog on learning.

Practical skills. At the completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • set up a blog including options for comments and syndicating feeds,
  • publish a blog entry and comment on other blogs,
  • incorporate text and other media on a blog page,
  • manage users (authors, reviewers etc) of a blog.

Knowledge and understanding. At the completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

  • the issues involved in selecting the appropriate blog tool for your context and intended learning purpose,
  • key copyright and e-safety issues when creating and sharing content on a blog.

Cognitive skills. At the completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • critically review the use of blogs in educational contexts and share these reviews with others,
  • discuss different ways in which blogs might be used in learning contexts in schools.
Format / structure

Various online activities.

Subject
Age of students / grade

Secondary,  Higher,  KS3,  KS4,  KS5

Table of contents

Course information:

  • Learning outcomes
  • Course schedule
  • Introduction
  • Introducing ourselves through a blog
  • Introducing blogs
  • E-safety when using blogs
  • Copyright and blogs
  • Exploring classroom blogs
  • Finding relevant examples and generating ideas
  • Planning to use a blog
  • Setting up and using the blog for teaching and learning
  • Reflect, evaluate and share with others
  • Shared learning
  • Evaluation and certification
  • References
  • Acknowledgements


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Other (e.g. time frame)

Duration of the course: 20 hours over eight weeks

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