In the spirit of Valentine’s Day this week and my great desire to “pay it forward” and achieve some of my professional goals  this year (I’ve posted about this before here), I am offering a blogging workshop for my staff after school for four weeks this term so they can feel, in my honest opinion, the great love and enjoyment blogging can bring. We are starting this afternoon and I’m excited!

It is a variation on the fantastic free professional learning I took part in in the school holidays of January 2011 as part of the Edublogs “Kick Start Your Blogging Challenge.”

In Week 1 we are looking at:

  1. What is a blog?
  2. Creating a brand new blog.
  3. Changing the theme and appearance of a blog.
  4. Commenting.

Today the teacher’s will be setting up their blogs in a one and a half hour session. The first part of the session will be a guided demonstration of how to do the things listed above. The second part of the session is an opportunity to take some time to play with their new blog and have someone on hand to guide them through any troubles they may be having. Many teachers often comment that they never get enough time to just “sit down and play” so many are glad that they have allocated the time to some professional learning for themselves today and for the next four weeks.

As part of the activities I have set, each participant will be posting a comment on this post with a link to their newly created blog as well as answering the following questions:

  1. What part of this first activity did you find easy?  Or the most enjoyable?  Did you find any tasks easier than you expected?
  2. What parts of this activity did you find hard and why?  And if you are stuck with a step(s) — tell us in your comment so we can give you some help!
  3. Make sure you leave your blog URL in your comment so we can drop by and visit your blog and leave a comment!

It would be really wonderful if you could click on the links, head on over to their page and let them know what you think. Comments are always appreciated and this is how we learn and grow through blogging: sharing and commenting.

About the Blog Post Title: For those unfamiliar as yet to Twitter and the use of hashtags, this is a very popular tag followed by many teachers when talking about the affection they have for their blog and the professional learning network.

The notes provided for these workshops are modified from the Kick Start Your Blogging Challenge. Copyright of @SueWaters and @edublogs.

See the full notes at http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/challenges-2/30-days-to-kick-start-your-blogging/

Image Credit: Big Heart of Art – 1000 Visual Mashups, qthomasbower, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)



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