Before using blogs in instruction, please consult Laura Cipriano, Instructional Coach, for best practices, caveats, and tips!


From Wikipedia: A blog (a contraction of the term "Web log") is a website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "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 for 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 (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketches (sketchblog), videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting), which are part of a wider network of social media. Micro-blogging is another type of blogging, one which consists of blogs with very short posts. As of December 2007, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than 112 million blogs. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog#cite_note-0) With the advent of video blogging, the word blog has taken on an even looser meaning — that of any bit of media wherein the subject expresses his opinion or simply talks about something.

  • RSS Feeds - You no longer have to go out to your favorite blogs! RSS feeds filter recent blog updates to YOU!


Helpful Information to Help with Blogging


Blogging Tools

  • Keystone Commons

    • - new management site by PAIU - has a secure blog feature build in


Examples of Blogs:

Educational Blogs:

Dave Warlick's 2 Cents Worth

Always Learning

Doug Johnson - The Blue Skunk Blog

Scott McLeod - Dangerously Irrelevant

Free Technology for Teachers

Dean Shareski - Ideas and Thoughts

Kathy Schrock's Kaffeesklatsch

The Innovative Educator

Will Richardson't Weblogg-ed

Steve Dembo - Teach 42