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.
- 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/
- Watch the video tutorial in the blog: https://marielawlorgraphicdesign.wordpress.com/category/how-to-blog/.
- Create a WordPress account.
- Write a blog post in your WordPress account about your city.
- Insert a photo in your blog post.
- Create a short video about your city in iMovie or any movie editor of your choice.
- Upload the movie into Youtube.
- Embed the link into WordPress page.
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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:
One of the reasons you can start a blog is to share your reviews about something. Reviews make great blogs posts. My favorite blogs, Migrationology.com and iLovetypography.com have many review posts. Migrationology.com reviews places to eat all over the world. What makes this blog great are the videos and photos that go along with it so you can really see what the food is like. You can also see the blogger’s expression of how good the food tastes by watching the videos.
iLovetypography.com has many reviews on fonts. This site has become a go to site for graphic designers looking for type ideas. When you go to this blog you can see all sorts of new, up and coming trends of fonts you have never even heard of. When you go to this site you can look at the fonts you like then you can also click on links so you can purchase the font you like.
If you visit my other blog DiligentTraveler, you will find a blog filled with reviews about hotels and restaurants in Davao City. I was not paid for the posts, but there are ways you can get paid to post reviews. I suggest Googling how to get paid for your reviews if you decide to do reviews. The reason people love to read hotel reviews is because they can get a good idea about a hotel or a restaurant from a blog post.
They can learn about the hotel I am writing about by just reading my blog post, viewing the pictures I have posted and viewing my Youtube videos embedded on my blog posts. Below is a video I made of my stay at Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City.
I hope you enjoyed my How to Blog Lesson for the day, stay tuned for more lessons.