Blogged Participation: Using your blog to its potential!

Blogged Participation is being presented as part of unCOILed, the Community of Oklahoma Instruction Librarian’s yearly workshop.

Welcome to Blogged Participation. Please take a minute to fill out this survey by clicking on the banner below:

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Using pretests on blogs can be accomplished in many fashions. We’ll be taking a look at the 5 most popular blog formats, and the options provided for online polling. We will also examine what outside sources for polling you can use that will insert into your blog by widget or by link, as we used above.

But first, let’s take talk about blogging as an instruction tool.

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What goes onto your blog is entirely up to you and your class needs, and the content is generally not the point of this presentation. However, if you want to know more about blogging in the class room I have a few links for you.

My own class links can be found here.

The University of Central Oklahoma has a wonderful instruction blog that can be found here.

Any questions so far? Please post them in the comments section so we can discuss them at the end of the presentation!

Now, let’s talk about using a poll to dictate the course of the class. Please take a minute to decide:

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Now, let’s examine how to embed polling into each one of these platforms using polls provided by the site.

Each banner has been linked to the website in question. Below each link is a video walk through of embedding polls into each site, but, if you’re joining me in Muskogee for the unconference, be aware that the links contain sound. We will click through each together.

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Click here for a Jing tour of embedding polls in Blogger.

Click here to see an example of Blogged Participation using Blogger.

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Click here for a Jing tour of embedding polls in Lycos Tripod.

Click here to see an example of Blogged Participation using Tripod.

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Click here for a Jing tour of embedding polls in Squarespace.

Click here to see an example of Blogged Participation using Squarespace.

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Click here for a Jing tour of embedding polls in Vox.

Click here to see an example of Blogged Participation using Vox.

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Click here for a Jing tour of embedding polls in WordPress.

You have probably noticed that I have been using a poll unaffiliated with WordPress in order to get your pretest completed and to ascertain which blog we should explore first. There are several sites you can use to create html code for embedded or linked polls. Here are two:

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I prefer Survs, and if you would like a brief walk-through concerning polls on that site click here.

Any questions so far? Please post them in the comments section so we can discuss them at the end of the presentation!

That concludes our workshop tour of embedding polls for pre and post testing into your instruction blog!

We just have one more thing to do….

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13 Comments

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13 responses to “Blogged Participation: Using your blog to its potential!

  1. Kati

    Where are you going next?

  2. Emily, did you know that WordPress has a “polling” widget?

  3. Peggy Kaney

    Lots of great information! Glad to know we still work together–even if only for a few more days. Technically!

  4. Amanda

    I dared to leave a comment…

  5. Kate

    It looks like the surveys could be used in real time in the classroom? Have you used them this way?

  6. peggykaney

    Hey, Emily! Great job on your presentation–I love the Prezi site! You’re down to the final 10 minutes…almost. Then you can breathe deeply and congratulate yourself on a job well done!

  7. Lee

    I have a blog aimed at faculty with few readers. Do you have suggestions for marketing/ generating interest in a blog?

    • brownez

      Lee,

      I think enthusiasm goes a long way- talk about your blog, and don’t be afraid to sell it. Just ask my colleagues who get endless nudges, not to mention my posts on Facebook.

      We’ll talk more, I have no doubt.

  8. Verlene Schafer

    This is great! I have been wanting to use blogs for my classes but was unsure what to do, even though I have several blogs that I use for myself. You have some fantastic ideas…thanks for sharing.

    • brownez

      Thanks!

      Get in touch any time, I love to talk instruction blogging, and I would love to see what you end up doing.

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