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Week 2: Building an online presence: Blogs and wikis

Jan 17-23

Moderators: Jose Antonio and Fernanda Rodrigues

 Guest presenter: Graham Stanley  





By the end of this week you will have:
  • learned about different blogs, wikis, and Social Network providers
  • explored different features of blogs, wikis and Social Networks
  • created your own blog and/or wiki
  • created a Twitter account
  • followed the baw2011 twitter account: http://twitter.com/baw2011
  • attended the live presentation on the topic of the week
  • commented on the presentation of the week 
  • read and commented on the Week 2 readings
  • read and commented on the course blog post. 





Join us for Graham Stanley's presentation about Twitter on Jan. 18 at 20:00 GMT 

The session will be at Elluminate: http://home.learningtimes.net/learningtimes?go=273662


  (check local times here or here)


Information on Live Sessions


HereĀ“s a tutorial on how to register and download the program. If you have questions, please post them to the BaW Yahoo Group before ....





1. What is your definition of a blog, a wiki,  and a Social Network? How are they similar/different? If you would like some ideas, take a look at the suggested readings for this week. Post your definitions and comments on our forum

There are many videos that would be interesting to explore on our Video page.

Here is a blog about a blog: http://www.bloggingbasics101.com/ - it is quite informative: go through the categories on the right menu.


2. Visit our blog and explore the different features.

  • How do you post a comment on the blog?
  • How do you moderate comments?
  • How do you post videos, slideshows, pictures?
  • How can you customize the header?
  • How do you post widgets?
  • How do you invite people to contribute as collaborators and authors?


(These are important things you should know when blogging; the answers to these questions are not supposed to be posted to the group, but explore them when you create your blog)



3. Also, explore our wiki. How do you...

  • ... create headlines for the different sections?
  • ... make a word bold?
  • ... insert slideshows?
  • ... post pictures?
  • ... create new pages?


(These are important things you should know when you create a wiki; the answers to these questions are not supposed to be posted to the group, but explore them when you create your wiki)


4. Explore different blog hosts and visit some of the blogs there. Here are a few options:



5. Explore some wikis too:



6. For social networks, a few options to explore:



Also, check TOOLS on our wiki to find more suggestions.



7. And now, are you ready to create your own blog or wiki? Don't forget to let the group know about it! Provide the URL here so that everybody can visit and leave a comment.


  • Use your blog or wiki as an e-portfolio for the session
  •  Explore different tools and widgets to add content to your blog/wiki.
  • Share your creations using your favorite tools or any activities done as you play around during the course.
  • Whenever possible, describe how you use the tools.


8.  Create an account on Twitter and embed a Twitter widget in your blog/wiki. Follow the baw2011 twitter account: http://twitter.com/baw2011





Useful Links 


How to use Blogger ( video)              http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/blogger/index.html


A guide to Blogspot                         http://www.bloggerfordummies.blogspot.com/


Where do I start? Blogging Basics     http://www.bloggingbasics101.com/how-do-i-start-a-blog/


Wikis in Pbworks  ( video)                 http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/pbworks/index.html


From the Pbworks site                      http://pbworks.com/content/supportcenter


How to use Twitter ( video )             http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/newTwitter/index.html



Comments (14)

Alexandra K said

at 1:11 pm on Jan 20, 2011

Does anyone know when or where the Graham Stanley session recording will be uploaded?
Some of us had no sound and tried to follow through the chat, but a recording would be much more helpful :-)


Jose Antonio da Silva said

at 1:23 pm on Jan 20, 2011

Hello Alexandra,
There is s link to the recording on the blog and also on the wiki in Live Sessions page (it can be accessed from the wiki sidebar). Hope it helps

karima said

at 6:11 am on Jan 21, 2011

I have tried to create a blog...not sure if I did it right
Please I would like your feedback: http://educationinmoroccoandelsewhere.blogspot.com/

Jose Antonio da Silva said

at 11:25 am on Jan 21, 2011

Great Karima,
You created the blog and it looks good. I left a comment there. Now what you should do is post the link on the participant productions page at http://baw2011participants.pbworks.com/w/page/31846835/Participant_Work

Juan Domingo Martinez said

at 3:22 pm on Jan 21, 2011

Hello Everybody,

This is my wiki:

I look forward to your comments on it.
The main goal of this wiki is to gather teachers to work together. As I do not give classes because I'm the headmaster of a school for adults and a Coordinator of Teacher of English in rural schools I try to look activities to work with the teachers who are working with me so after working with me and other teachers they will be able to use these tools and use them with their students.


Juan DOmingo from Argentina

Daf said

at 7:20 pm on Jan 21, 2011

Thanks for sharing your newly-created wiki, Juan! It is looking great :-) You are ready to post it to the participant_work page: http://baw2011participants.pbworks.com/w/page/Participant_Work

Juan Domingo Martinez said

at 8:56 pm on Jan 21, 2011

Dear Daf
I go there but It does not allow me to type. Am I doing anything wrong?
Juan Domingo

Daf said

at 12:54 am on Jan 22, 2011

I am glad JA and Tere replied to you, Juan. I was out having dinner with friends.

Jose Antonio da Silva said

at 9:08 pm on Jan 21, 2011

Dear Juan,
To type you will have to click on EDIT and then enter the info. When you are done click on save

Juan Domingo Martinez said

at 10:18 pm on Jan 21, 2011

I'm not allowed, it says that I should send a request to do that. I've sent it twice but I got no reply!

Teresa Almeida d'Eca said

at 10:37 pm on Jan 21, 2011

Hi, Juan!
I just approved your request. So sorry for the delay! :-(

Juan Domingo Martinez said

at 5:06 am on Jan 22, 2011

Thanks a lot Teresa! i thought I was doing something wrong, despite of having used so many web 2.0 tools, I still have doubhts

Juan Domingo

Teresa Almeida d'Eca said

at 1:23 pm on Jan 22, 2011

You're very welcome! And "doubts" is part of what we're here for. Jut send them in an email so everyone can share.
And don't forget to take a look at our "Doubts" wiki page.
Enjoy! Teresa

Alexandra K said

at 9:37 pm on Jan 22, 2011

Thanks Jose - just found it :-)

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