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Weekly Threads for Week Two

(Messages #719-#1143)

This work is in progress. Please be patient while the threads for week two are compiled. Thank you!


Visit our Blinklist for all the links mentioned during Week Two.



Welcome to Week 2!



Erika Cruvinel

Carla Arena

#719 From the blogging team: Erika Cruvinel and Carla Arena

Hello B4B participants!


We are Erika Cruvinel and Carla Arena and we will be moderating our

week 2 activities. Before talking about the next tasks, We would

like to congratulate all of you for the good work in week 1. For

those of you who have not finished week 1 tasks, remember that you

can refer to all tasks at our wiki and complete them at your own



The objectives for week 2 are to understand basic blogging features

and their relevance in your teaching context; choose a bloghost and

start a blog.


We will work on three different tasks:


1. Learning about blogging jargon

2. Comparing different bloghosts

3. Starting a blog


Please access http://bloggingforbeginners.pbwiki.com/WeeklyTasks2

for instructions, tips, links and office hours.


The discussions on different bloghosts (task 2) should be posted to

our group blog http://blogs4beginners.blogspot.com/ and any doubts

on tasks 1 and 3 should be sent by email to the group.


Looking forward to lots of interaction, questions, comments and blog



Erika Cruvinel and Carla Arena

On behalf of the Blogging Team


Sorry, no picture


Maria Claudia


Dear Erika and Carla,

From the heart of your beautiful country I'm writing this short

message to wish you and all the participants a successful week as

Gladys's has been.





Week 2 Objectives

Carla Arena


My dearest friend and partner Erika has already posted our Week 2 objectives and wiki page for you and we really hope to get as much interaction as we had in Week 1 with the fantastic moderation of Gladys and the help of some very special collaborators, the Ninas, Dennis, Carla H, Mary Hillys. You're all amazing international partners!


I've already started checking some very interesting blogs that you included in our yahoogroups links http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bloggingforbeginners/links/Participant_s_blogs001/161677674/ and was very glad to see some born-bloggers in the group!


Please, don't hesitate to email the group if you have any questions, doubts or comments. We're here to share, support and learn with you all.


Remember, that this week we start blogging and the main interaction will take place at our group blog http://blogs4beginners.blogspot.com




Summaries: day by day


Carla Arena

Day 1


Dear super B4Bers,


It seems that everybody is getting his way around. Maite found herself in

our yahoogroups <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bloggingforbeginners>, some have been sharing their own blogs, and I'm having fun and learning a lot from the emails. Others have taken a step ahead and started commenting on our blog <http://blogs4beginners.blogspot.com>.


After an intense week of introductions and interactions, now it's blogging time!


The Blogging Team is looking forward to seeing your blogs on our list of participants' blogs at our yahoogroups <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bloggingforbeginners/links/Participant_s_blogs_00/1161677674/>

Please, make sure you add your blog to that list so that we don't miss any of these fantastic journals of all kinds!


If you have any doubt or suggestion, don't hesitate to contact us. Tomorrow (today, in some parts of the world!), January 23rd, Tuesday, Erika will be available to discuss with you any matter about our session, from 22:00 to 4:00 GMT <http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?month=1&day=23&year=200/7&hour=22&min=0&sec=0&p1=0>


For the ones who haven't finished Week 1, just take you time. We are all teachers and can understand tight schedules and lack of time. We're still here for you all!



Carla in Lively Key West!

Carla Arena

Day 2


Hey, busy Bloggers!

I've been browsing through your blogs with interested and sparkling eyes! The B4Bers are born-to-be Bloggers!


This week action is taking place on our group blog http://blogs4beginners.blogspot.com as participants are commenting relevant aspects of Aaron Campbell's comparisons of different blog hosts in relation to form and content in blogging. Also, it is a way to have everybody started in the art of blogging and, at the same time, to prevent some difficulties our students might have when we start blogging with them (nowadays, we don't teach just a language, but also media literacy)

The first point raised on the students' perspective is "How do I post a comment"?

We created a very simple tutorial to guide you. http://bloggingforbeginners.pbwiki.com/Tutorials#HowtoPostaComment


Another question in the group was about the photo that appears in some comments. These photos are part of your blogger profile. So, when you login to your blogger account, click on your profile (right side of your screen) and go to "photograph" to add your image there. After you do it, every time your write a comment, your photo will be next to your ideas!


There's still a lot of blog action ahead!


Don't forget to include your blog in our yahoogroups links http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bloggingforbeginners/links/Participant_s_blogs_001/161677674/



Carla Arena

Day 3


Dear all,


Here I am sleepless in Key West!


Great exchange of ideas and questions are taking place on our


Don't be shy! Check them out and express yourselves.


New tutorials have been included on our wiki. You might find something you were looking for and didn't know how to do it.. http://bloggingforbeginners.pbwiki.com/Tutorials


We're giving some instruction on demand. So, if there's still some action you need to take to perform a task, but you need some guidance, ask! Your question may save other participants' lives!


Erika had very interesting interactions during her office hours yesterday and today. You can read the chat log of part of yesterday's session



Today I lost myself as I started browsing some interesting blogs that I'm subscribed to... and I can't resist sharing one of them with you...


A very straight-to-the-point post (and short one, too!), which has everything to do with what we've been discussing and experiencing! Interactions!


Nina Lyulkun and Mary, thanks for updating our participants' page

<http://bloggingforbeginners.pbwiki.com/Participants>with profiles and photos! You're fantastic collaborators!


Have a wonderful day, guys!


Sleepless Carla


Carla Arena

Day 4


Dear all,


Although we greatly miss our friend Claudia, who will be with us again soon,and is the Frappr expert the Team has finally managed to update our slide show on our wiki page! Thanks for all of those who were patient enoughwith us. We also appreciate the emails you sent on the issue. Based on them we could find the solution. Berta, your help with the email you sent to the Frappr staff was essential in the process of finding the solution for our outdated map!


Take a look at it! We're extremely proud of this lively group



Lessons to learn:

If something seems to be wrong, speak up!

Sharing ideas leads to solutions.

When there's a Team, there's never a problem that can't be fixed!

Although things don't seem to be working, never GIVE UP. There's always the key to success out there, somewhere on the Internet.


Today I was brave enough to create another blog to report about my new life in Key West and to share some ideas with my former students, but there's still lots of work and writing to do there...Hope to share with you some time until the end of this session!!! This time I'm using Wordpress for a change!


Erika has uploaded yesterday's chat

session<http://bloggingforbeginners.pbwiki.com/Live%2520Sessions#Week2Understand/ingandStartingaBlog>with Veronica and Barbara (with their consent!). It might give you some clues to start blogging (Chat log http://bloggingforbeginners.pbwiki.com/f/b4b-chat24jan07-barbara.txt about how to log in to Blogger, add and edit posts and Chat log http://bloggingforbeginners.pbwiki.com/f/b4b-chat24jan07-veronica.txt about how to change the settings and permissions of a blog).


On Saturday, you can practice using the platform Alado for our live sessions with Guest Speakers in weeks 3, 4 and 6.

Check the Schedule here http://bloggingforbeginners.pbwiki.com/Live%2520Sessions#Week2Understanding/andStartingaBlog


So, how's blogging going for everybody?

Hope to see you around soon!



Erika Cruvinel

Day 6

#1088 From: "Erika Cruvinel"

Dear all!


Day 6 of week 2 was a very special day for B4B!

We had 93 messages exchanged. I wonder why teachers work even harder on Saturdays...


Now our moderators' team is complete! Claudia is back from holidays in Rio and from the number of messages she has written today, I can tell that she has fully-charged batteries.


Our training session at Alado was really fun! I was delighted to hear some participants' voices! You can read the chat log at



Many baby blogs were born! You can visit them at



Well, tomorrow we have another meeting at

http://webheadsinaction.org - 15 GMT (see message #1056). Hope to hear many voices there!


Have a wonderful Sunday!

Erika Cruvinel

On Behalf of the Blogging Team


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