Blogging has established its roots of recognition and use in our global world. A world that continues to develop, implement, and promote virtual or online collaboration and communication in different aspects of people's lives. There are many evidences of success in the realm of blogging, whether it is in the field of education, business, or for individual use. Blogging continues to grow and yet, there are people who are just beginning to explore its possibilities, especially in teaching and learning.
In my previous post, What is a Blog?, I have provided some basic defintion and information that you may find useful, particularly if you are a beginner in blogging. I recommend that you visit my previous post to understand, first and foremost, what a blog is and how you can use a blog based on your desired goals and expectations. I had to conduct my own research when I started to learn about blogging. I caution you, though, to take time in learning the needed information. Once you start, it may be difficult to stop.
Below are some blogging sites that I find useful. Take a look and see if one of these blogging sites will suit your needs.
Edublogs is an online blogging community that allows educators and students to create blogs based on various needs. It is very easy and enjoyable to use based on ready-made templates, wonderful and creative designs, customizable features, easy to upload process for multi-media projects (i.e. podcasting, videos, photos), and the like. What even makes this blogging community stand out is that it is free!
Resource: Technology at Its Best! by Sharo Dickerson, a sample blog created with Edublogs.org
You will be asked to enter a username, an email address, and a short description about your blog. You will have to check "I Agree" for the terms and conditions tied in with Edublogs.org and from here, you can click "Next".
If this is your first time to create a blog, you may want to read, research, and solicit some ideas to help you get started. Edublogs.org offers 10 ways to use your edublog to teach. These ideas are direct to the point and very relevant to every hardworking, dedicated, and busy teacher. Of course, you can always incorporate other ideas that may suit your blog' objectives and goals better.
Blogspot or Blogger is an easy blogging site that is free for you to share your thoughts, interests, ideas, photos, etc. It is easy to use such as posting text, photos, and videos. It also has unlimited flexibility to personalize your blog with themes, gadgets, and many more. If you do not have a blog within your school or would like to try something different as an additional resource to what you already have, why not try Blogger.com
Typepad is another blogging system has more features compared to free blogging sites. This particular blogging site makes blogging simple through its intuitive interface. It allows you to maintain complete control over your blog since it provides blog management tools. Typepad makes it easy for people to find your blog with its optimized search-engine. Since Typepad is a paid service (sorry, it's not free except for a 30-day trial version), there are no advertising spam. Typepad has commissioned graphic designers to create their design template that adds more spice and pizzazz to your blogs. There is the presence of new features as they continue to add more functionality to your blogs.
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