Blogging and Microblogging – Waterville Grand Hotel

November 7th, 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. Jdrake
    November 8th, 2011 at 11:51 | #1

    Wow! This was great. I have never twittered before and I just signed up for a twitter account. 😉 I am looking forward to using it in science & math class with my students. I am also going to explore Tumblr. Thanks! Joelle

  2. Ahardy
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:10 | #2

    As a result of this workshop, I have re-activated my Twitter account and wrote my first Tweet. I love the resource notebook and links. This will certainly help me extend my energy and learning beyond this one day workshop.

  3. Jsteward
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:10 | #3

    Twitter is an excellent professional development tool! Following other educators gives a wealth of free information.nnPosterous is an easy to use blog, pictures, video, etc.. can be emailed to the blog and added instantly from any device with email access.

  4. Martha Thibodeau
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:30 | #4

    Twitter a book with students portraying different characters.nnTwitter an historical event as different participants in the group.nnCan search in the blog for terms rather than searching back through each post. nnUsing different blogging platforms based on the needs of teachers and students.nnTeachers can send out “problem of the day” with twitter.nnUsing blogs for a compilation of resources to share with students or teachers.

  5. Khall
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:46 | #5

    I loved the idea of using the blog to get students to help each other with homework. A student in a math class, for example, could post a question about one of the problems- and other students could help with that one, explaining how they got the answer. This would enhance learning in a medium that students are comfortable with.

  6. Jason Allen
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:46 | #6

    Not blogging but check out and

  7. Pbean
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:48 | #7

    I would like to use blogging to discuss books I’ve read or students have read.

  8. Jason Allen
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:50 | #8 is the perfect website for education. You can post long notes, tweets in the form of alerts, post assignments, create quizzes, subscribe to other educational communities. So on and so on. I am currently using it for an online Contemporary Issues course I am teaching as well as an American Patriots project where students become different characters from the Revolutionary Period under the premise that those characters have the communications technology of today.

  9. Tom Callahan
    November 8th, 2011 at 13:33 | #9

    OK, so, I’m a computer tech who’s a bit of a neo-luddite (what? I was a history major – don’t give me that look 😉 ). As such, I kind of saw blogging as a luxury/arrogance. But I can now honestly see the impact that blogging can have, and the value of it in education. n

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