A blog (or web-log) is a website in which items are posted on a regular basis and displayed with the newest at the top. Like other media, blogs often focus on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news. Some blogs function as online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. Since its appearance in 1995, blogging has emerged as a popular means of communication, affecting public opinion and mass media around the world.
Uses for blogs
- Record, process and reflect on what you learn.
- Teachers can use blogs to record and process what they teach. For example, a teacher can blog a course - specifying what homework students are required to carry out, including links to Internet resources, and recording day-by-day what is taught.
- Practitioners blog their work and research to share information and make connections with others working in the field.
- Flexibility for learners - students can catch-up if they miss a class.
- Blog as a course plan.
- A summary of a course that prospective students or new teachers can refer to.
- Students can refer to each other's blog and support each other's learning.
- Other faculty can refer to course blogs of their colleagues and improve team teaching.
- Topical and subject focused blogs can be an engaging learning resource.
How to blog
- Blogger screencast. Audio, text and screen grabs on setting up a blog with blogger.
- Adding pictures to blogger. A video demonstrating how to insert images into a blog post.
- Making Hyperlinks. A video demonstrating how to make hyperlinks.
More information about blogs