Be An Edublogger: Tools and Tips for Joining A Global Learning Community

This wiki was created to support a one hour concurrent session presentation at the 2008 CUE conference.


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The One-Way Web

  • Powerful resource for educators and students, but…
  • Information moves from publishers to consumers
  • Information cannot be edited
  • Read-Only Web
  • Web 1.0

The Two-Way Web

  • It is now as easy to create as it is to consume.
  • Anyone can publish, share, and change information
  • Read/Write Web
  • Web 2.0
  • This is changing our world!


  • Web + Log = weblog or “we blog”
  • Easily created
  • Easily updated
  • If you can email, you can blog.
  • Blogs allow visitors to comment.

The Blogosphere

The Edublogosphere

Learning Networks

  • Make Connections
  • Make Contributions
  • Make Conversations
  • Make Requests

Better Blogging

Tools and Tips #1: Blogs

Really Simple Syndication (RSS)

  • Subscribe to sources that are important to you.
  • Stay up to date quickly and easily.
  • Share your subscriptions with colleagues.

Tools and Tips #2: RSS

Social Bookmarking

  • Find It, Save It, Share It
  • Annotations!
  • Search and Discovery

Tools and Tips #3: Social Bookmarking

Social Networking

Social Microblogging

  • It's Blogging... sort of
  • It's Micro
  • It's Social
  • On-Demand PD and Tech Support

Tools and Tips #4: Twitter

  • Get started at -
  • Follow @markwagner and any familiar names he follows.
  • What are you doing?
  • What do you have to share?
  • What do you want to know?

When do I use IM and video chatting?

  • Crossplatform IM and video chatting for free -
  • "Peer-to-peer" Conversations (Like the phone)
  • Is it personal (or sensitive)? Is it in-depth? Want to see the person?
  • Advantages of text, audio, and video


  • What makes an edublog(ger) different?
  • Why is a learning network important?
  • What are your going to try next?