Blogging and Microblogging – UMaine at Farmington

November 4th, 2011

A 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. Becky
    November 7th, 2011 at 11:41 | #1

    Twitter is great for sharing educational resources and creating a community of learners who are interested in technology integration.

  2. Dmochamer
    November 7th, 2011 at 12:00 | #2

    I will be starting with blogging in my language arts classroom as soon as I return to school! Our district has a blog space available for each and every student. I would like to start with students responding to my prompts, then have them create a blog of their own. We’ll see how it goes!

  3. Raymondc
    November 7th, 2011 at 12:03 | #3

    Trying to think about how blogging will better engage more students in reflecting on their learning. It occurs to me that the bulk of communication between students and teachers may happen outside of the classroom.

  4. Doug
    November 7th, 2011 at 12:04 | #4

    Can we let go of some of the old in order to make room for the new? I hope to use blogging as a classroom tool for thematic front loading. I would also hope to extend the classroom using blogging to discuss and share ideas.

  5. Kelsey
    November 7th, 2011 at 12:35 | #5

    There is a book that was published this past summer about how writing has shifted due to technology and social media. What used to be said in multiple pages is now conveyed in limited characters. If you are interested, the author is Christopher Johnson and the book is Microstyle: The Art of Writing Little.

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