As the title suggests, this article is dedicated to starting a new blog. It is for beginners, so it lists all steps to creating a blog in much detail, one by one. (Fun fact: The author’s favorite blogging platform is WordPress which is the one I chose as well.)
As I said, it’s very detailed, it’s almost like it’s written for dummies because it mentions several unimportant information that won’t be useful to someone with at least some common sense. For instance, the whole process of creating a blog – it’s very user friendly, so you always know what to do in each step. So there’s no reason for describing it.
On the other hand, the article provides numerous external links to other sources which discuss other, more complicated, topics related to blogging.
Conclusion: There wasn’t really any new information that I would find in this article, however, I would definitely recommend reading it to someone who’d ask me to explain blogging to them. 🙂
LINK: How To Start a Blog – Beginner’s Guide
This article tackles all the important questions one might have before starting using blogging as a learning language tool. It explains what blog is, what types of blogs can be used in ELT (the tutor blog, the class blog, the learner blog), it lists multiple reasons for using a blog, gives tips and ideas for activities, and it also mentions downsides (the one that is crucial to me is the fact that blogs are public – unlike wikis).
Conclusion: It is a very useful, quite objective article that is definitely worth reading. Blogging is certainly something that foreign language teachers could consider. It’s not for everyone – I know I would not be really into it but it made me at least consider this option and think about it a little.
LINK: Blogging for ELT
This is an article written by a teacher who introduced blogging to his students. It’s quite a new method of teaching to him, however, he cannot praise it enough. He suggests five main points, that are further discussed, which should encourage other teachers to start blogging with their students (or at least consider it). These are five very positive arguments, so quite one-sided POV.
He mentions that blogging makes students aware of the way they express themselves because anyone can read their blog, not just their friends (like on Facebook). And for this particular reason, not all students might be into blogging. Not everyone wishes to put themselves out there, to share their comments and thoughts with the whole world.
Conclusion: I don’t really share the same enthusiasm the author of the article shows, however, I can imagine that some people may find it appealing.
LINK: Blogging with students (1): Why get them blogging?
What an amazing and informative article! I was very impressed after I read about BigMarker – an online tool which purpose is to hold webinairs that can be shared with anyone across the globe. It’s quite easy. One sets up an account, creates and schedules a webinair, invites people and that’s it.
This can be very useful for conferences or even classes if the teacher cannot have their lesson in person. It even enables you to show a PowePoint presentation to your students. People can attend live or they can watch it later (if the webinair is recorded). You can then share your webinair on Facebook or Twitter and upload it on YouTube.
What is even more interesting, you can sell tickets to your webinair!
Conclusion: Not sure if it’s a way of teaching children in basic schools or high schools but it can certainly be very helpful at universities.
LINK: BigMarker – A Guided Tour
This is a very useful two-page article which introduces the world of wikis to the reader. It focuses on seven valid points that are discussed in more detail. Since I was familiar with wikis before reading the article, the first topic (“What is it?”) didn’t mention any new information. However, the remaining points were quite informative, sometimes even surprising – for instance, I wasn’t aware of the fact that wikis are so popular because I didn’t know about them until last year.
Also, as the article mentions, there aren’t that many disadvantages when it comes to wikis. The main one might be the fact that all people who are named contributors of a group can edit the wiki, even if they’re not supposed to.
Conclusion: A very helpful article that can be used when explaining wikis to someone who has no idea what that is.
LINK: 7 Things You Should Know About Wikis