Podcasting, Blogging, & Wiki's, Oh My!:

a Teacher Technology Professional Development Session


Podcasting in the Classroom: Can you hear me now?

(also, please see our The Power of Podcasting Pages)

"Not since the advent of the World Wide Web has such an easy and exciting communications medium been within reach of the masses. Podcasting offers educators and students remarkable opportunities for their voices to be heard in their local communities or the around world. One could think of podcasting as blogging without writing or as a way for every class to have its own radio station. You have the power to get in on the ground-floor of this new media phenomena and express yourself today!" - Podcasting in the Classrooom

What in the World is a Blog? .........Web + Log

Blog=Teachers use blogs as classroom portals and a way to communicate with parents, students, and the community.
Adapted From Blogger:

"A blog is a personal diary. A collaborative space. An online interactive Classroom. A showpiece for your school or your program. An ongoing electronic NEWSLETTER with pics and links that's easy to update and allows public/student comment. A collection of links. Memos to the world."

In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what's new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not.
Here.....still wondering? Watch this great video!

Anatomy of a blog entry


from the excellent website Blogs in the Mathematics Classroom

Classroom Blog Examples Across Subject Areas and Grade Levels

SFX Grade 4 Classroom Blog
A blog for Mrs. Gnidziejko's, Mrs. Bracken's and Mr. Evans' grade 4 class.
Come Blog with us - Blogging Towards Literacy.
7th Grade Math
Welcome to the 7th grade math blog. The questions you see here are meant to be used as review problems students solve at the beginning of a math period. All problems are based on the Ohio Academic Standards.
Ms. Kreul's Class Blog
Grade 4K at Richards Elementary School in Whitefish Bay, WI USA

Dutch Fork Middle School Media Center
This is a Media Center forum for the learning community of Dutch Fork Middle School.

Prof Dev Blogs

edTech Classroom
A resource for K-12 teachers embedding technology into their classrooms.

What's a Wiki?issue.gif

A wiki is a web site that lets any visitor become a participant: you can create or edit the actual site contents without any special technical knowledge or tools. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection. A wiki is continuously “under revision.” It is a living collaboration whose purpose is the sharing of the creative process and product by many. One famous example is Wiki-pedia, an online encyclopedia with no “authors” but millions of contributors and editors. The word "wiki" comes from Hawaiian language, meaning "quick" or "fast."

The Difference between a Wiki and a Blog

(from a chat i had with Adam F. of wikispaces at

"The simple answer is that a blog is like a journal. It's great if you want to have an ongoing dialogue or discussion. Say, if the kids are keeping a daily diary about their homework, or about any topic.
A wiki, however, is less about new content every day, and more about evolving the same content over time.
So for example, on a wiki, you could have a student post an essay, and then another student can make some additions and corrections, and another, and another, and over time the essay improves and becomes the work of the whole class.

"Blogs are about communicating, wikis are about getting work done, or working together"

Inviting and adding people (and students!) to your WIKI!
Each person you invite will get an email with a link, when they click it, they will be asked to create an account, and they will automatically be made a member of your space But what if you want to invite students without email addresses?
In that case, all you have to do is send us ( a list of usernames and passwords, and we can create all of your accounts for you. You can then just tell the students what their username and password is and show them how to login

All about using Wiki's in the classroom: online chats from

((...This NEXT section was totally snagged from Arron Smith's (theArtGuy!) AWEsomely cool BlogWiki! click the logo above to visit orig's that good! no really, go do it now.......did you do it already? still reading? well... you can also use the links below, too!....LOL))

"Edublogging 101 is all about blogs and how they can (and do) relate to education."

Blog Hosting

(from the ArtGuy!)
This is a great service (owned by Google) that allows anyone to create and customize a blog. While it's designed so anyone can get started it also has enough versatility for the truly geeky to get almost everything out of it that they want.
Gwyneth adds: you CAN moderate comments with blogger and limit who can or cannot comment .... the only drawback i can see is the fact that they won't let you disable the NEXT BLOG button on the Nav Bar.....this can lead viewers to other blogs that are NOT educational or appropriate....but good ethical tech usage education begins with staying on the page that the teacher directs them to, rather than go clicking around or URL fishing.

James Farmer's Wordpress Multiuser offering to educators. Any teacher can get a free blog there. There are several themes to choose from. It is essentially a standard Wordpress installation, which is the blog engine of choice for many edubloggers because of it's powerful features and open source code. While the name is Edublogs, there are no features tailored specifically to using it in the educational environement. James also offers for students and for university students and faculty.
Gwyneth adds: FREE blogs for teachers...moderated commenting available, no inapropriate ads but also, not as cool a format or able to geek it up if one is tech savvy enough and wants to do so.

Many blogging services are turned down by schools or teachers because adults loose a certain level of control over the students. After all, bogging students have a global forum where they can say whatever they want. With Blogmeister (from the brilliant mind of David Warlick), all student postings and comments do not go "live" to the internet unless a teacher approves them.

Alan November's blogging service. Used to be free for educators, but will begin charging soon. Has support for photo albums built in to it. Designed for educators, but doesn't really have any significant features tailored to using it in an educational setting (like Blogmeister)
Gwyneth adds: i LOVE alan november, but i hate having to pay for anything (except for smugmug & too bad this isn't free anymore like teacherweb used to be free....ahh well!

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Images - FilmLoop
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