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Blogging for Beginners 2007

WEEK 1 Tasks - Jan 15th to 21st

Getting Started



Objectives for Week 1: To get familiar with the moderators and other participants and the online environments to be used.

Click here for tutorials for the tasks below.



Task 1 - Getting to Know Your Partners:


a. Post a message to the group introducing yourself. Make sure to include the following information:


* Your full name, and how you'd like the group to address you.

* Your city and country of origin / residence.

* What do you do? If you are a teacher: what do you teach exactly? what ages and levels do you work with? If you're not a teacher: what led you to join this workshop?

* Is this your first time at an EVO workshop? Are you joining other EVO workshops too?

* Some personal information that'll help everyone see you there's a real human being behind your emails... Do you have an interesting hobby? a special skill? A terrible secret? ;-) Share your uniqueness!


b. Reply to at least two introductions posted to the group (you could either highlight things in common between you and other partners, or ask questions of them).


c. Learn who make up The Blogging Team. Do you have any questions for us? Post them to the group too!


d. Add your photo and message to our Frappr map. Let's show how international our community is!


e. Access our Yahoogroup Database and enter your data. (you need to click on "add your record") to help us organize information.


f. Update your Yahoo profile, so that everybody will find it easy to know who you are.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Check our tips, Surviving the First Days




1. If there are any dates you'd like to share with us(your birthday, perhaps?), add them to the group calendar !


2. Add your photo to our album for participants at our YG.


3. Set your mailing preferences for our group. We strongly suggest "Daily digest" (this means you'll be getting just one message in your inbox for every 25 messages posted to the group).



Task 2 - Discussing Blogs


a. How much do you already know about blogging? Answer our introductory survey to help us find it out!

Click here to see results


b. Read What Exactly is a Blog Anyway? (Carvin A., 2006) and then...

If you don’t know what a blog is, you’re not alone; according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, nearly two-thirds of Internet users don’t have a good idea of the meaning of “blog.”

Want to go further? Read Blogging for ELT - Different kinds of blog (Stanley G., 2005) (OPTIONAL)

This article takes a look at blogging, which is becoming increasingly popular as a language learning tool. It gives an overview of blogging websites, suggests why you might want to use them, and gives some practical advice on setting up blogs for use with your own classes.


c. Visit our group blog and compare it with our wiki. Also, have a look at this website: http://www.tesol.org

Can you now tell the difference between a blog, a wiki and a website in your own words? Share your questions and ideas by posting a message to the group.


Click here to see what the group has said about this - (added on Jan 20, 2007). Add your comments to the page!


d. Looking Ahead:


Have you ever blogged?

Have you ever blogged with your classes?

How might a blog contribute to your professional development?

What you might do with a blog in your classes?


These questions are really meant for personal reflection, though you may want to share your answers with the group. We encourage you to take your thoughts down using a notepad, a word processor, or simply paper and pen!


Task 3 - Time for synchronous interaction!

Monday and Tuesday, January 15 and 16
22:00 GMT
SkypeOffice Hours for doubts, questions, and support for participantsSkype ID: carlaarena


Join us at Yahoo! messenger on Wednesday, January 17 - 22 to 23 GMT or Saturday, January 20 - 10 to 11 GMT for a short chat on your expectations for this workshop and your experience so far. We'll also explore how this tool can help us in the following weeks.

Visit http://www.timeanddate.com to check what time that is for you.


Make sure you've added Gladys (Yahoo ID: gladysbaya) to your contacts so that she can see when you get online and invite you to join the conference!To make it easier for us to find you, add your name to the database started for this session. If you have access to speakers and a microphone, check they're working in advance, so that we can try voice chat for a while too!


Chat logs for both sessions can be retrieved from this other wiki page

Click here to check your work for Week 1


Comments (1)

Anonymous said

at 2:52 am on Jan 26, 2007

Regarding the survey results:

Interesting, Gladys...I guess it is safe to say we all (or most of us anyway) have a lot to learn!

It will be great to see the later survey and compare.

Thanks for all you do! Linda

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