Eight weeks ago I posted an entry entitled EDTECH597 – Blogging In The Classroom that described a course I have been teaching for the Department of Educational Technology at Boise State University this summer semester. During that time I have asked my students to post a variety of different types of entries. These types have included…
Links Entry: Links Entries are simply entries that provide a list of links. They can be thematic in nature or they can be a random set of links that are published every so often or at specific times. Some bloggers have even set-up their Delicious or Diigo accounts to summarize all of their links for the past week in an entry on their blog.
List Entry: List Entries are simply entries that provide lists of things. A list of links could be described as a list of things, hence the overlap in these kinds of entries. Personally, I see List Entries as lists of non-web-based things. Some bloggers will provide lists of books or articles they would recommend or the top # of apps for some mobile device or their # favourite movies. The list can be about anything at all really.
Discussion Question Entry: Discussion Question Entries are exactly as they sound, entries designed to generate discussion. Typically they are self-contained and have a short introduction to give the reader some context and then attempt to pose an open-ended question. Some bloggers will base their discussion question on something they have read or a current event. The main thing to remember about a discussion question entry is that it is designed to generate conversation among the readers of your blog.Commentary Entry: Commentary entries are exactly as they sound – entries where the blogger provides a commentary about something. The ideas for these commentaries can come from any variety of places, including current events, a blog entry that someone else has posted, a comment that someone left on your blog, something you have read, etc..
Guest Blog Entry: Guest blog entries are any kind of blog entry that it is written by someone other than the blog owner – ideally someone the blog owner solicited because they valued their perspective and wanted to share it with their readers.Image Entry: Image entries are any kind of blog entries that have an image embedded into it.
Audio Entry: Audio entries are any kind of blog entries that have audio embedded into it.
Video Entry: Video entries are any kind of blog entries that have video embedded into it.
Poll Entry: Poll entries are any kind of blog entries that have a poll embedded into it.
While not specifically different types of blog entries, in Week 6 we posted to several different types of blogs. Those blogs could be describe described as:
Individual Blogs: a situation where each student has their own blog and posts their response to prompts from the teacher on their own blog, while still commenting on other students’ blogs.
Teacher/Instructor Blog: the teacher/instructor maintains a single blog where they post prompts and the students respond to those prompts by leaving a comment on the teacher’s/instructor’s blog.
Class Blog: a single blog that both the teacher/instructor and all of the students have the ability to post entries. In this situation, the teacher can post or provide a prompt and the students write individual entries on the class blog in response to the prompt, as well as leaving comments on each others entries.
Later today I’ll post another summary entry with all links to all of the entries I have posted over the past eight weeks related to the course.