Interested in blogging, but not quite sure how to get started? A new web site from the Instructional Technology Center at the University of Houston at Clear Lake provides some guidance for building and utilizing blogs in the classroom. The site offers a list of reasons why blogs are useful tools for teachers and students. Teachers, it suggests, might consider blogs as a means to network and share knowledge with peers, post instructional tips for students, list course announcements, and display reading assignments. Students, on the other hand, might find blogs useful for reflection and journal writing, group dialog, assignment submission and review, and the trading of ideas, among other benefits. To help you get started, the site includes links to a series of downloadable blog-writing programs, as well as links to some successful models. For the more seasoned blogger, the site also has applications for posting comments, polling, counting visitors, and setting up registration pages, among other more advanced functions. Additional resources include links to blogging-related headlines and RSS feeds for receiving news and other information on the web.
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