Blogging and Microblogging – Belfast

November 15th, 2011

blog is a style of website where part or all is updated with new content from time to time.

Although Blogs are usually maintained by one person with regular posts some blogs are maintained by groups such as the blog, which is kept by MLTI.

Entries are usually displayed in reverse-chronological order, with the latest post having prominent display.Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Although not all, most good blogs are interactive, allowing guests to leave comments and sometimes even to message each other. It is interactivity that distinguishes blogs from static websites.

Many blogs focus on a particular subject, others act as personal diaries and still others exist that do not fit these descriptions.

A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs or websites.  Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on specifics such as art (art blog), photographs (photoblog), videos (video blogging or vlogging), music (MP3 blog), and audio (podcasting).

Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts.


  1. Chris
    November 16th, 2011 at 12:16 | #1

    Didn’t focus on blogging but discussion very interestingn

  2. Heidi
    December 7th, 2011 at 13:44 | #2

    I am interested in blogging, but would like to explore some specific sites designated for classroom use. Also, has anyone developed a list of discussion topics/ good starter posts to get things moving?

  3. Aruth
    December 7th, 2011 at 13:46 | #3

    I would like to share lesson ideas for using blogging to enhance instruction.

  4. Pbrookhouse
    December 7th, 2011 at 13:46 | #4

    Blogging is very easy, but I am not sure I want to use it in my classroom. I need more information before making my decision.

  5. Erika
    December 7th, 2011 at 13:46 | #5

    I do KidBlog in the classroom for assignments. When we have gone into the lab, I have used this to get them to reflect on what they observed with their experiment. This has helped to clear up misconceptions they have had, as well as to see their thinking about the lab and things that I may need to change if the lab is done again.

    • Heidi
      December 7th, 2011 at 13:47 | #6

      Did you put the kids in manually? I just looked at the site and set up an account and was unsure the best way to get the kids in.

      • Erika
        December 7th, 2011 at 13:52 | #7

        I have manually added them so that the teachers can share usernames and passwords. When I did this the first time, it created a csv file that I shared with the others for their creation as well. The file is uploaded into your class section of KidBlog.nn This way we know their passwords (they can’t tell us they forgot it and have no record of it) and since we share them, the kids have the same password for each teacher. They already have soooo many passwords, this seems to be easiest for them to manage.

  6. Lleroy
    December 7th, 2011 at 13:46 | #8

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!! Hope it was a good one! You don’t look 63!

    • Heidi
      December 7th, 2011 at 13:49 | #9

      Please stay on topic :)

  7. Gcasson
    December 7th, 2011 at 13:47 | #10

    I wonder what a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting of texting and blogging would look like: do people tend to prefer one over the other exclusively?

  8. Pbrown
    December 7th, 2011 at 13:48 | #11

    How many different blog sites should kids use? Should a grade level introduce one or a few??

    • Aruth
      December 7th, 2011 at 13:50 | #12

      I agree – I think we should embrace a blogging site or a few as a school so that students are familiar with them. We could even create lessons together!

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