Exploration Guide: 
Educational Uses of
Blogs, Wikis, RSS Feeds, etc.

TLT Group Home Page

This Web page offers recommended starting places
- Links for work in computer lab or online - esp. in small groups.

This Web page is not, by itself, a workshop or a course. Web pages CANNOT be enough by themselves for these purposes;  but we hope that this one can be a valuable resource when used effectively.
Background about Blogs vs. Wikis, etc. 

If you would like to receive "updates" about activities & resources related to these topics, please take advantage of the options available at www.tltgroup.org/tlt-swg.htm.

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Resources for developing Blogs, Wikis, etc. ...
Info about a carefully selected set of tools used to develop/maintain/share/find blogs, wikis, etc.
Links to good, free "starting places"

Suggestions for improving the accuracy, clarity, usefulness, .. of this Website Click here.

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Introductory Worksheet - for a quick start building your first blog, first "Writely" document, and your first wiki!
Designed for use with this web page - best for people working in pairs or groups.
Click here for PDF version  Click here for MS Word version  Click here for "Writely" version

Click here for sample with Blogger section completed (MS Word version)

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Resources about Educational Uses of Blogs (etc.)
Philosophical question:  Is this Web page a blog?
[Click here for more general introductory info about blogs and blogging.]

"Educational Blogging" by Stephen Downes
Lots of general background and intros to many tools available in 2004, with specific examples of higher ed use of blogs.  E.g.,
"First, teachers use blogs to replace the standard class Web page. Instructors post class times and rules, assignment notifications, suggested readings, and exercises. ...
"Second, ...instructors begin to link to Internet items that relate to their course. and ..short essays directed specifically toward his students...not mere annotations of interesting links...
"Third, blogs are used to organize in-class discussions. ...students get to know each other better by visiting and reading blogs from other students. They discover, in a non-threatening way, their similarities and differences. The student who usually talks very loud in the classroom and the student who is very timid have the same writing space to voice their opinion...
"Fourth, some instructors are using blogs to organize class seminars and to provide summaries of readings...“group blogs”—that is, individual blogs authored by a group of people...
"Finally, fifth, students may be asked to write their own blogs as part of their course grade....students read a chunk of a book and post two paragraphs of their thoughts on the reading.
"The process of reading online, engaging a community, and reflecting it online is a process of bringing life into learning. "

EDUCAUSE REVIEW, vol. 9, no. 5, September/October 2004, pp. 14-16, 18,
20-22, 24, 26

"The Educated Blogger: Using Weblogs to Promote Literacy in the Classroom" by David Huffaker
"This paper explores the role of Weblogs ...in classroom settings. Blogs, which resemble personal journals or diaries and provide an online venue where self–expression and creativity is encouraged and online communities are built, provide an excellent opportunity for educators to advance literacy through storytelling and dialogue. This paper explores the importance of literacy and storytelling in learning, and then juxtaposes these concepts with the features of blogs. The paper also reviews examples of blogs in practice."

"Blog As A Teaching Tool," (by Mohamed Taher) in blog " Information Visualization" as of 9/28/2006 at:
NOTE:  Be prepared for a long, slow loading of the first page... lots of resources!

Steve's Genealogy Blog (by Stephen Danko):
<<http://stephendanko.com/blog/>>   [Provided by Drew Smith, So. Fla. Univ. - 6/13/2006]

News, Miami-Dade College Kendall Campus Library, Blogger Blog used as Simple Newsletter:

Intro for future teachers to some ideas for educational uses for Blogs and Wikis
- really clear, simple well-organized materials and links from Rhonda Berger of Miami-Dade College


"Blogs: A Disruptive Technology Coming of Age?" By Phillip D. Long

Weblogg-ed, maintained by Will Richardson

"Serendip ...an expanding forum and a continually developing set of resources..." Interesting similarities and intentional differences from most blogs - co-founded by Paul Grobstein

From Sarah Roberts of Duke U. <<sarah.r@duke.edu>>
"Campus Communications & the Wisdom of Blogging" by Sarah Roberts. 
One of the first articles on the implementation of blogging in the higher education space, with lots of suggestions about possible future instructions uses of blogs.
Sarah T. Roberts, Academic Technology Services, Office of Information Technology, Duke University, Box 90258, Durham, NC 27708, 919 668 5289


From John Ottenhoff of Alma College <ottenhoff@alma.edu>
Recommends work of David Reichard at Cal State Monterey who did some interesting work in the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning this past year with blogs. URL above is for Reichard's CASTL project. His email is david_reichard@csumb.edu.

John Ottenhoff, Interim Assistant Provost, Chair and Professor, Department of English, Alma College, Alma, MI 48801;  phone: 989.463.7138;  fax: 989.463.7717

Link to home page of Ray Schroeder where you can find 3 often-updated blogs and more:
Online Learning Update, Education Technology, and Techno-News

Ray Schroeder <
schroeder.ray@uis.edu> , Professor Emeritus of Communication, Director of Technology-Enhanced Learning, University of Illinois at Springfield and Faculty Associate at the University of Illinois Online

Provided by From Dan Balzer <djbalzer@gmail.com>

"Collaboration, Literacy Practices and Authorship: Using Social Networking Tools to Explore the Wisdom of Crowds," By Joe Moxley and Ryan T. Meehan

From Rob Walker of U. of East Anglia <<rob.walker@uea.ac.uk>>

...I have tried using a field journal as a way of giving students some idea of what is involved in doing qualitative research. If you are interested you can access it using the typepad URL below my signature. The full report of the study (including the journal) is only available from my web pages under 'Recent writing'.

Rob Walker, Director, Centre for Applied Research in Education, University of East Anglia, NORWICH,NR4 7TJ, UK

From Nils Peterson of <<nils_peterson@wsu.edu>>

Washington State has launched an enterprise blog tool as a result of work in the Center for Teaching Learning and Technology on next generation online learning tools. My perspective on blogging is around a key limitation we have seen in online learning environments -- the text created by authors is locked within the space where it was created (in effect, the author loses control of the text). We are interested in trans-course learning and having authors lose access to their work thwarts our interest. Blogging gives authors ownership. What we are now exploring is how the author can "permission" the blog post to appear within a course discussion space -- thereby having the best of both worlds -- class discussion and retained ownership.

Brief intro to Blogs as "Collaborative Publishing" <<http://library.med.utah.edu/navigator/module4/blogs.htm>> within a Web-delivered information literacy course called "Internet Navigator" - developed by a team of librarians from academic libraries in Utah based on the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and other documents.

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General Introductory Info about Blogs & Blogging & Wikis

Very introductory info about blogging in general and tools, software for beginners

Lots of useful links for info about Wikis
Gerry McKiernan, SandBox(sm). WikiBibliography (covering 2003-2005), 2005b, available at http://www.public.iastate.edu/~CYBERSTACKS/WikiBib.htm (accessed 7 February 2005).

"Into the Blogosphere," a website to explore the "discursive, visual,
social, and other communicative features of Weblogs."

"Blog Authoring: Introduction to Blog Tools"
[With emphasis on using the tool "MoveableType"] 
Developed by Alan Levine

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Blog-Building Tools & Blogs
[Click here for Wikis, Feeds & Aggregators, Experiments, etc.?]

Comparison of some features (provided by MyBlogSite which is owned by "FortuneCity" which itself got negative reviews on another site!?) of:  MyBlogSite;  Blogger; LiveJournal; MoveableType; TypePad

"Blog Software Breakdown" detailed comparison of features of MANY different Blogging tools

Weblog software in Yahoo! directory

Tool used to build, maintain;
Comment optional

Topic/Link or Sample Blogs

Person, Organization

Blogger  free - easy to use

Introductory Blogger training materials from TLT Group

Test1 If you wish to experiment in/with this blog, you may do so by logging in as:
Username: tltguest
Password: guest1

Test2 - Dangerous Discussions Topics/Questions - Class Size; Student/Faculty Ratio

Dangerous Discussions - Class Size Blog


 Developed by Pyra which was bought by Google.

Samples developed by Steve Gilbert, President, TLT Group, <gilbert@tltgroup.org>

MSN Spaces free   Microsoft
Very limited options except for author/owner
<Click here>
Improving courses with small group work for students
Developed by Microsoft

Sample developed by Chandi Rajakaruna, Producer, TLT Group

LiveJournal: hosting site for free blogs, very easy to use; multiple options

Geneablogy: personal research site - model for students
 Acquired by Six Apart Jan 2005

Recommended by Andrew Smith, Instructor, Sch. of  Library & Info. Sci., U. So. Fla. <drewsmithusf@aol.com>

Moveable Type   Owned by Six Apart]
Radio Userland   Owned by UserLand Software
Greymatter   Open source from Noah Grey
MyBlogSite   Owned by FortuneCity
TypePad    Owned by Six Apart
Squarespace   Launched by U. Md. Hinman Campus Entrepreneurship Opportunities undergrad Anthony Casalena
Blogidentity   Owned by DomainDirect
Tripod   Owned by Lycos
WordPress   GNU Free Documentation License

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Wiki-Building Tools & Wikis - Especially "Writely"

CLICK HERE for Wiki Farms - Info about hosts, options for building wikis - info from Wards Wiki
(begun by Ward Cunningham.  AKA "C2" and "PortlandPatternRepository" - for background info, see <<http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?WardsWiki>>  For orientation, welcome, see <<http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?WelcomeVisitors>>)
"To help Wiki grow, the primary goal of this page should be to help people find good places to host their new wiki idea. .. There are already Wikis of many shapes, sizes, colors, and topics. If you are looking to start a wiki, snoop around on the PublicWikiForums (a list of existing wikis), since a suitable wiki may already exist."

Tool used to build, maintain;
Comment optional

Link to Sample or Example

Person, Organization

"Writely" - Click here to start a free (as of 2/18/2006) shared document (mutually editable). 

"Writely allows you to edit and publish documents online, either privately, in collaboration with specific people, or publicly on the Internet.   ... 'web word processor' ...'wiki with permissions'..." web-based, collaborative document editor..." - from Writely web site 2-18-2006

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about Writely

Test document in Writely - just for practice [Note:  this link may not take you to the most recently revised version as available via Writely]

Worksheet for developing Blogs, Writely Documents, Wikis [Note:  this link may not take you to the most recently revised version as available via Writely]

Upstartle:  Sam Schillace et al.

Click here to start a free wiki via seedwiki

Click here to get to the Seed Wiki Book - lots of instructions


2nd Test wiki - just for practice

Developed, owned by 8th Fold, Inc.

Samples developed by Steve Gilbert, President, TLT Group, <gilbert@tltgroup.org>

OpenCourse.org - hosts virtual communities developing, evaluating and using open, non-proprietary learning objects in their discipline Wiki for assembling & updating annotated links to collections, repositories, referatories of instructional resources Sample developed by Rob Stephenson, Wayne State U; Steve Gilbert, TLT Group
  "Welcome to Wikipedia, the free-content encyclopedia that anyone can edit." - probably the best known, highly respected, and often used Wiki  
[NOTE:  Response time may be slow
for Wikipedia links due to volume of usage!]
"Wikipedia is a Web-based, free-content encyclopedia, which is written collaboratively by volunteers. It consists of 195 independent language editions sponsored by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Entries on traditional encyclopedic topics exist alongside those on almanac, gazetteer and current events topics. Its purpose is to create and distribute, worldwide, a free encyclopedia in as many languages as possible. Wikipedia is one of the most popular reference sites on the Web,[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia#
receiving around 50 million hits per day."
Click here to get to an inexpensive close to WYSIWYG tool for building, modifying wikis [Ref. Nils Peterson 5/21/2005]    

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Experiments with blogs, wikis, similar tools, ....
Testing new things 3-31-2005 & beyond....

Tool & Function
Tool used to build, maintain;
Comment optional

Link to Sample or Example

Person, Organization

Using FrontPage to create a threaded discussion board http://www.tltgroup.org/TLTGswg



Samples developed by Steve Gilbert, President, TLT Group, <gilbert@tltgroup.org>


TC Connect Recording (Archive) of test session 7-6/2005 iVocalize Ltd.; &  Talking Communities
RoboDemo Slides, Buttons, Audio from TC Connect Session 7-6-2005 in Flash Format! eHelp/Macromedia/Adobe
RoboDemo Music in Flash Format 7-7-2005 eHelp/Macromedia/Adobe
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