Blogs in Plain English from School Tube

The word Blog is a contraction of the words "Web log". The word Blog was coined in the late 1990's to identify Web sites that consisted of the postings from private individuals who felt they had something important to say to the world. According to Rebecca Blood's Weblogs: A History and Perspective, "The original weblogs were link-driven sites. Each was a mixture in unique proportions of links, commentary, and personal thoughts and essays." Blogs have evolved into a more public form of journaling. Blogs are now primarily Web sites where the author AKA editor can post information and visitors to the Blog can make comments. Though Blogs are interactive Web sites, on a Blog, no one is able to change anyone else's comment or post.

Click on the links below to learn more about Blogs and how to use them with your students:
  • Blogging for Students especially ELL students 4-3-08.doc - This is an e-mail from the NWP English Language Learners Network Discussion with links to blog sites to get you started.
  • Blogging is History: Taking Classroom Discussions Online - Blogging is History is an article by Helena Echlin published in Edutopia about "Tools for getting kids to think -- and to type -- about what they're learning".
  • Blogs in Plain English - Blogs in Plain English is a short video that describes what a blog is.
  • Schools, Blogs, Xanga and History, What's It All About Alfie? - Schools, Blogs, Xanga and History is a multi-part Blog post on Liz Ditz's I Speak of Dreams Blog that has some interesting comments about the use of Blogs. Remember that since it's a Blog, the views expressed are the author's views.
  • Weblogs: A History and Perspective - Weblogs: A History and Perspective is a post on Rebecca Blood's Rebecca's Pocket Blog. Though it's dated 9/7/2000, it contains some interesting comments on how Blogs have evolved. Remember that since it's a Blog, the views expressed are the author's views.
  • Weblog Ethics- Weblog Ethics is an excerpt from Rebecca Blood's book, The Weblog Handbook. It is posted on Rebecca Blood's Rebecca's Pocket Blog.
  • Here is the link to EduBlogs