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Blogs

Journaling and Tracking
 

A blog (a web log) fundamentally is a chronological online journal/diary.

Commentary:
Blogs can be personal or professional. Personal blogs often include commentary on philosophical, political and social ideas as well as providing photos or imagery and links to other sites the author favors. Professional blogs provide professional updates and if organizationally-based (i.e. a software company), it is way of publicly distributing timely news releases. Many companies use blogs for this purpose.

Educationally, there are endless opportunities to use blogs within reflective practice or within e-portfolio submissions for example.

Feedback:
The blogger, or author of the blog, may allow for viewers to comment on the original post, thereby providing feedback. Many blogs syndicate their content to subscribers using RSS and allowing for content tagging.

Technical Ability Required is Minimal:
Blogging allows users with little or no technical background to simplify and accelerate the web publishing process. Some of the most popular platforms include Blogger, Movable Type, WordPress and LiveJournal. Social networking sites such as MySpace often include blogs as one component of a host of other social networking tools. Most of these sites are free and host your blog for you.

 

More information on Blogs and Sites

Blog Definition

UofT's EduBlogger Project

Blogger

WordPress

LiveJournal

Movable Type