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:

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Here is the outcome of my video project!

Introduction:
Hello my name is Marie Therese Lawlor.  Creating a movie with iMovie is simple if you know the different menus and buttons that are new to the newest iMovie.  I would like to show you how to make a short movie.  I am going to show you how I made my movie about the WaterFront Insular Hotel.  I am going to show you how to add photos, titles, transitions, voice over, music, subtitles, and much more.

1.  The first step to creating my movie is uploading my photos of the WaterFront Insular Hotel into my iPhoto.

2.  Once in iPhoto I must organize my photos into an album.  This will allow me to easily access the photos that I need while in iMovie.

3.  I must then go to the dock located at the bottom of my screen for iMovie or go to the applications folder and select iMovie.

4. To create a new movie I must click on the plus button that say create located on the upper left hand side or go to file then new movie.

5.  I am selecting no theme.

6.  I must then add a title TheWaterFront_InsularHotel.

7.  Once I have entered the title I can click on okay.

8.  After I have created a new movie, I will then have a blank timeline.

9.  Now I must add a title.  The title button is on the lower left hand side.  I can choose from all of the different styles.

10.  I am choosing the style focus because it is simple.

11.  Once I have a title I am ready to start putting in photos.  I’m clicking the iPhoto library icon on the left hand side, then clicking on the albums and locating my Insular_Waterfront_Hotel album.

12.  Once I click on the album, I can see all of the photos in the album.  I can then go ahead and put them on the timeline by dragging them into the timeline.

13.  Now I must choose a transition to put between the title and the first photo.  The transition button is on the lower left hand side.  I am choosing a simple transition called cross dissolve.  I am then going to drag cross dissolve into the middle of the title and the first photo.

14.  I am then going to continue adding the photos from my album and adding transitions in between the photos.

15.  Once I have added all of the photos and transitions, I am now going to put a title in the end that says The End to show that it is the end of the movie and a credit to me By: Marie Therese Lawlor.

16.  Now I am going to go through the movie and make sure all of the photos are showing up correctly.  iMovie adds a ken burns effect to all of the photos automatically, but not all photos show up correctly.  This photo needs the start point and the end point changed because it is a vertical photo and I would like to show the entire photo.

17.  Now that my photos are in order, I would like to do a voice over in the beginning and record a bit of audio advertising the Waterfront Insular Hotel.  I must go to the menu click on window and click record voice over.

18.  I now must them record my short advertisement.

“The WaterFront Insular Hotel is one of my favorite hotels.  They are located right across Paradise Island so you can take a boat from the Insular Hotel.  The hotel also has a beautiful pool and beach, delicious restaurants, comfortable bed, and a bathroom with a bathtub.  It was a wonderful experience.”

19.  Now that I have recorded my voice over I can now add music.  I am going to my iTunes library and finding a song called “Hello.”  I am then dragging the song onto the timeline.  The iTunes button is located on the lower left hand side.

20.  Now I must trim the song to fit my movie by dragging the audio clip to the left.

21.  In the end of your movie you can also fade the song by dragging the button on your audio clip.

22.  Now that my audio is in place, I am going to go through some of my photographs and write a subtitle explaining the photographs.  I am picking the title gradient black and putting them on the bottom of the photos then typing in the explanations.

23.  Now that I am done, I can share it to upload into Youtube.  I can just click Share on the upper left hand side and click file.  Once I click file, I can pick from the different sizes.  I am choosing the smallest size which is SD480P.  Then I am saving it to the desktop.

24.  Now that I am done, I am then going to log onto my Youtube account to share my iMovie movie with my family and friends.  Thanks for watching my tutorial.  Have a great day.

How To Blog Simplified Version

Written By: Marie Therese Lawlor

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An example of a good blog post.

Visit my blog post on Diligent Traveler to see a good example of a good blog post: https://diligenttraveler.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/my-trip-to-japan/

Topic: First find a topic that you are passionate about.  Make sure that the topic is specific and not to broad.

Length: The length of the blogpost will vary.  It depends on what you are writing about.  The important thing is to make sure that it is not too long because the audience might find it tiresome to read your blogpost.  It is important to include details, but not too much details.

Voice: When writing a post make sure to have a voice that addresses the reader.  You can write as if you are writing to a friend.  This type of writing is more personal and grabs the reader’s attention.

Images: Photographs are a great addition to your blogpost.  It adds interest and information.  Like they say a picture is worth a thousand words.

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Check out the images on my blog post.

Video: Videos are even more attention grabbing than images.  Videos can convey information, make the audience laugh or cry and of course keeps the audience’s attention.

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I posted videos on my blog post.

How to blog example:

Take a look at my blog post titled Traveling Is Not About the Destination

Topic: Travel
Travel is a topic I am passionate about.  I love traveling and afterwards sharing the stories about my travels as well as sharing photos and videos. This blogpost is about my journey to the Philippines and being stuck in Tokyo, Japan because of a flight delay. It is a specific topic and it is not too broad.

The Length: The length of my blogpost is a few paragraphs long and gives information and details, but it is not too long that it tires the reader out.

Voice: When I am writing I imagine I am talking to JunJun.  He is my fiance, but first and foremost he is my bestfriend.  Ths type of method works because it eases me and keeps me from being too detailed. I never want to bore JunJun.

Images: I have posted a few images that apply to my blogpost and more specifically the paragraph it is under.  I have also added captions under the images that gives the reader extra information.

Video: I have added a video I took with my iPodtouch of a woman doing some acrobatics in the airport.  The video lets the reader see a new side of Japan.

Here is another example of a video I created about my trip to Japan:

Here is the third video I have on my blog post and it is a video of me talking about my trip to Japan on Photobooth: