Week 4: – Blogging in the Classroom. This week we are exploring different types of blog entries. We are coming up with a thematically way to link all of these entries, so we are not just posting on random things.
The readings this week were interesting but after reading the article by Stephanie Sandifer, 7 Days – Day 1: Blog Layout & Design for Readability & Usability, I knew I needed to start by answering the following questions:
- What is the purpose of my blog?
- What do I want readers/learners to get when they visit my site?
- Consider your answer to the last question and then ask yourself: Does my blog layout and design emphasize what it is that I want my readers/learners to get when they visit? Is that information included in a visually prominent way when someone first visits my blog, or is it hidden in a list of links or on some other page?
I am a high school and college level mathematics tutor so it makes sense for me to create a “theme” for my blogging around math! My favorite topic in mathematics is Algebra! I love solving equations, graphing, and factoring. The purpose of my blog “section” (in this case since my WordPress is dedicated to the MET program my blog will refer to the EdTech 537 and reflection section) is to provide a valuable resource to my students for all things Algebra!
I want my readers or my students to be able to easily find extra help or inspiration while working through their online courses in Algebra. I hope to focus this theme throughout the remainder of this course and use it to eventually build an entire blog dedicated to my love of Algebra.
The last question posed above is difficult to answer. Ideally my entire blog would be dedicated to one topic; however, reality will not allow this. I have a family, a job (even in the summer), and I am taking two classes this summer. I will try to make the appropriate postings easy to find by tagging “algebra” and “math” but this will only help … not solve the problem. I believe that by dedicating a section with a single focus will serve the purpose I seek.