Blogs and Wikis


Blog
Wiki
Podcast
What is it? The CommonCraft videos provide a nice overview and quick video explanation
Blogs in Plain English
http://www.commoncraft.com/blogs



Wikis in Plain English
http://www.commoncraft.com/video-wikis-plain-english



Podcasting in Plain English
http://www.commoncraft.com/podcasting

Author
Traditionally ONE primary author
Can have MULTIPLE authors editing various pages, plus the ability to lock down pages so they are not edited
Traditionally ONE primary author
Content
Text, graphics, images, embedded media
Text, graphics, images, embedded media
A focus on an audio or audio/video file in the post.Text, graphics, images, embedded media
Appearance
Diary-like in nature, the most recent blog “post” is added to the top of the page. The entry is date-stamped
More like a traditional website with content spread across pages. Recent edits can be viewed on the “History” tab.
Diary-like in nature, the most recent blog “post” is added to the top of the page. The entry is date-stamped
Commenting
Can take place under each blog post; Comments can be moderated
Discussion can take place on the “Discussion” tab. The Discussion feature can be at the page or wiki level, depending on your wiki setup and service
Can take place under each blog post; Comments can be moderated
Nature of the environment
Conversational. A post is added, others read and comment, with the conversation taking place in the comments.
Collaborative Content Authoring, where the content is built on the page and can be inserted at any location on any page.
Conversational. A post is added, others read and comment, with the conversation taking place in the comments.
Where can I get one?
For educators, Edublogs, www.edublogs.orgis a popular platform; Alternate platforms include WordPress (www.wordpress.org) and Blogger (www.blogger.com).
Or, you can install blogging software on your own website.
If you are seeking a safe environment for students, explore kidblogs.
For educators, wikispaces (www.wikispaces.com,

go to http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers
) and pbworks (www.pbworks.com) have advertisement-free spaces.Or, you can install wiki software on your own website.
Podcast are usually blogs with content that is podcast in format. Any blog can hold a podcast file.

Create podcasts with...
Examples
Guiding questions for exploration:
1. Who is the intended audience of the blog?
2. What kinds of information/content are posted?
3. How/Is discussion taking place using the comment feature?

a. The EduBlogger
b. Tamara Tendrop - high school Spanish I blog - student entries on right
c. The World A.T. Ways blog highlights tech and world languages
d. Practical Theory- a high school principal's blog
e. Kinderkids Classroom is a kindergarten blog in a New Hampshire school
f. Kristy Placido - Spanish teacher
g. Isabelle Jones-United Kingdom
h. Langwitches Blog
i. Multilingual Mania
j. Sarah Puglisi - elementary immersion teacher
k. Sherry Amorocho
l. Ms. Xu's Blog - this is a middle school team blog, each teacher has a blog, wiki, and each student has a blog
m. Links to School Bloggers is an extensive collection of links of blogs related to education
n. Lane All Stars - elementary
Guiding questions for exploration:
1. Who is the intended audience of the wiki?
2. What kinds of information/content are posted?
3. Can you find the history feature?
4. What is the purpose of this wiki?

a. Toni Theisen's Olympic Games Wiki
b. Nadine Jacobsen's Elementary School Spanish Wiki
c. Flat Classroom Project has international global projects
d. Ah-Bon French middle school wiki
e. Reluctant Writing professional development wiki
f. Educational Wikis provides a rationale and examples for K-12
g. TeachWeb20 is an interesting collaborative wiki evaluating Web 2.0 tools
h. La Réole, France and Loveland, Colorado collaborative wiki
i. ISTE has a NETS Implementation site
j. Educational Wikis provides a rationale and examples for K-12
k. TeachWeb20 is an interesting collaborative wiki evaluating Web 2.0 tools
l. iPads in ELA
1. Who is the intended audience of the podcast?
2. What kinds of information/content are included in the podcast?
3. In what environment is the podcast published? Web page, blog, wiki, iTunes directory?
4. Who is creating the podcasts?

a. Podcasts at UCLA Center for World Languages
b. Peace Corps Podcasts


c. Discovery.com Podcasts
d. Social Studies podcast

Check the iTunes store for podcasts!
Additional Resources
Check out Inforemix for various projects that use a variety of mediums, "mashing up" information across mediums. Many of the projects are described within the context of a blog or wiki, with the final product also embedded in a blog or wiki.

Visit the Wikispaces page on this wiki for more information on wikis