Your Blog Can Be Your Journal

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Blogging can be a form of journaling. Many people write blogs to tell their friends and family what’s going on in their lives. Blogs do not have to be just filled with words. They can include images and videos. I would like to teach my audience how to blog so they can have a platform to share their experiences.

Blogging is a very creative process. You can post about your day using text, images, and video. You can add a piece of drawing or painting that tells the audience about your day. You can create a photo collage about your day. Sometimes, I combine my paintings with my drawing and photographs to create a unique piece to post into my blogs.

Expressing how your day went using art and photography can be calming and therapeutic. You might even be inspired to do things that are out of the ordinary like visit a botanical garden you can have something to blog about. In the past I loved going to the Lambert and Conservatory at Highland Park to get some photos to post into my blog.

If you decide to create art, make sure to apply principles like contrast, line, and texture. Ensure what you are creating is aesthetically pleasing to you. You want to be able to look at your art, photography, and blog and be reminded of the fun things you have done recently. It can be a part of your legacy in the making.

Sometimes, you might have an art idea, but you cannot create it just yet you can use your blog to post about it. You can expand on your idea and present it to your audience. Express your art idea on your blog and develop your ideas.

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How to Blog Schoology Lesson I Created

I created a new How to Blog Lesson in Schoology. Schoology is a wonderful site to use to upload lessons because your students can easily add your class by entering the access code in the green box in the left hand side. Your students can then read the links you have posted and then do their assignments. Afterwards you can give your student a grade. Here are the various links and assignments I posted on my lessons page.

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WordPress works well with Schoology because you can create blog posts that you can then password and then give the password to your students. The blog posts I have created guide my students on how to blog. I also have a travel blog called Diligent Traveler that is linked from my How to Blog Simplified Version blog post that shows the students how I created a travel blog.

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Here is the first assignment. It is called Blogging Lesson 1.

  1. Read all the links posted on Schoology. They are links to my blog and they cover topics about blogging: https://marielawlorgraphicdesign.wordpress.com/category/how-to-blog/
  1. Watch the video tutorial in the blog: https://marielawlorgraphicdesign.wordpress.com/category/how-to-blog/.
  1. Create a WordPress account.
  1. Write a blog post in your WordPress account about your city.
  1. Insert a photo in your blog post.
  1. Create a short video about your city in iMovie or any movie editor of your choice.
  1. Upload the movie into Youtube.
  1. Embed the link into WordPress page.

Rubric:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0QHEa9yQ_WzYk1kUnRONW5hNEU

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Here is another assignment. It is called What did you learn from the How to Blog Links. It is a discussion assignment.

Briefly discuss what you learned from the How To Blog link: https://marielawlorgraphicdesign.wordpress.com/category/how-to-blog/

Reply to each other’s discussion posts.

View this link to see the rubric for the discussion: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0QHEa9yQ_WzSXhLZzZRY1lONmc/view?usp=sharing

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Here is another assignment. It is called Critique a Blog Post.

Critique at least 2 classmates blog post. Talk about whether you thought their blog was successful. Why was it successful? If you did not think their blog was successful, tell us why you did not think it was successful and add some possible improvements they can make.

Here is the link to the discussion rubric: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0QHEa9yQ_WzUkdMaDMxVkhsU3M/view?usp=sharing

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Here are the rubrics. Rubrics are important because they allow you and your students to measure how well a student is doing. The rubric I have created for assignment one allow me to grade my student in a grade scale from zero to 80. For the second and third assignment I have used a grading scale that is less formal and they are a grading scale of unacceptable, good, and excellent.

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Check out my video about Schoology: