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Web 2.0 Tool Review Blogger vs. Word Press
October 12, 2007, 1:38 am
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It is easy to imagine myself working in a school library because I currently am. I am a previous classroom teacher working in the library on a waiver until I earn my degree in LIS. 

The Web 2.0 tool that I have chosen to review is the other blogging website, https://www.blogger.com/start.

This blogging site is very similar to Word Press,  it could be a diary, a collaborative space, a collection of links or even memos to the world. The options are very similar, but I think that Word Press is the more sophisticated tool. I found an interesting article here, http://www.bloggertalk.net/article148.html and it mentioned, “The main advantage of Word Press is that it provides flexibility and it allows you to be far more creative because its an open source script meaning it can be freely distributed and manipulated by anyone. So if you want the script to do a specific task you can either find an existing plugin or hire a programmer to create one for you.”  Also, Akers states, “if you want to start your own blog and generate free traffic over a long period of time without any problems you should definitely use Word Press on your own website. Its far safer and more reliable than Blogger and will give you the flexibility and creativity you need.” 

I just happened to start the school library’s blog in Blogger because it’s the only one that I knew of when I started this blog and now my students are familiar with it and I don’t want to make things more complicated….yet.  At my school library I have started using this blog as a place for students to interact with each other and myself about what they are reading.  Check it out: http://franklinmustread.blogspot.com/.  The purpose of this blog is to be able to discuss a book from the comfort of their own homes or wherever that they might be with myself and their peers. Another purpose is  to have a place where students can go for a book suggestion or to access websites that I have chosen that might be helpful to the students.  For the future, I hope for this blog to be a growing organism.  I would love to see student pod cast book or author talks, author interviews, video clips of the students acting out their favorite scenes and/or audio clips of the reading of their favorite parts.  I would also love to see the rest of the teachers at my school using blogs regularly.  I think that whichever blogging tool one uses doesn’t really matter, it is just a matter of preferance or familiarity.   It would be great for the teachers to post assignments or have a pod cast on the lesson for that day.  Think about how wonderful it would be for a student to be able to go to their Math teacher’s blog and re-watch how to find the area of a triangle or simply have a place where students  can help each other with homework. 

Here is an interesting article from USA today that comments that blogs a great way to get quieter students more involved in the class and gives them a chance to voice their opinion, even if they’re not a kid who raises their hand a lot.  Also, Cathy Greenwald, technology specialist at Willowdale Elementary School in Omaha, says her first-graders take the writing process more seriously when it is going to be posted on a blog. http://www.usatoday.com/life/2006-11-14-blogs-education_x.htm

While doing a bit of research, I came across an interesting blogging site, http://edublogs.org/ powered by Word Press.  “Edublogs is made by educators for educators we know a lot about how you can effectively use blogs in teaching and learning at all levels. We’re here to provide resources, discussion and suggestions for how you can use Edublogs for education and we’re always adding to them and working on our methods. Thinking of eportfolios, collaborative classwork, online journaling, discussion or problem-based learning or good old social constructivism? So are we!”  Wow, what a great tool for teachers and/or librarians.  If you get any free time, take a look at what some teachers are doing with this.  Check out Alice Barr’s blog who is an assistive technology consultant in K-12 schools on Vancouver Island: http://alicebarr.edublogs.org/

Or check out the ICT teacher at Notre Dame High School, Norwich, UK who includes student’s audio book reviews: http://notreblog.edublogs.org/

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Thanks for sharing your school’s blog. Your post really made the power of blogs come alive! If you don’t know this blog already, you might be interested in it; it’s published by teachers within Chicago school District 299: http://district299.typepad.com/district299/

And I appreciate the info about the difference between WordPress and Blogger. I was just comparing notes with a friend who uses Blogger for his job at Columbia College. He’s not happy with Blogger, and I told him how much I was enjoying WordPress. Now I have some empirical evidence as to why WordPress is preferable.

Comment by Gretchen Rings

Thanks for sharing your district’s blog and thanks for reading my post. See you next week!

Comment by vivkraus

Thank you very much for provide useful information its really helpful for new blogger like me. nice site and good information. Thanks ones again.

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