Friday, September 10, 2010

What's a blog and how in the world to I use it?

For some of you, this may be your first blog experience.  That definitely deserves a round of applause! For others of you, blogging may not be new to you at all; perhaps you even have your own blog.  Whatever the case, EHOVEwire will be useful to you!

First things first. For those who may not yet understand what blogging is check out the following link for an amazing video that explains exactly that.
(Just a quick note about Common Craft - These are sheet videos that 
explain a concept in an easy-to-understand way. 
Search for more topics if you are curious!)
So, now that you understand blogging a little better, its time to learn how to read and utilize EHOVEwire to maximize its benefit for you.

As with most blogs, the first thing you see on EHOVEwire is an area, just under the logo, that has some important links which you can explore further.

You may wonder, "How can I stay up to date with EHOVEwire without always needing to remember to check it out?" If you look to the right side of the EHOVEwire page, you'll see a "Subscribe Now" area.  This will allow you to receive EHOVEwire updates via any of the services shown when you click the link.  The other option you have is to type your email address into the "Subscribe via email" box and click the "Subscribe" button.  The last option available is to follow EHOVEwire using your Google account (if you have one), by clicking the "Follow" button.  
The next thing that you'll notice is the section labeled "My Blog List."  This area contains a few links to blogs that are very helpful to educational technology.  Occasionally we will re-post from one of these sites because the information made available by them could also be helpful to you.
The "Labels" section gives you an easy way to search for blog postings by topic.  For example if you are looking for a post about "ed tech" simply click that link and it will show you all the posts that are labeled as such.  The "Blog Archive" section shows you ALL of the past posts by month.  If you missed a post you can always go back through the archive to catch up.

Now to the heart of the matter, how to read a post on EHOVEwire.  If you look at the example below you will see a post that Dave Jenkins did earlier today discussing an awesome tool just put out by Microsoft called, World Wide Telescope.

The first thing you'll see is the date of the post, the title of the post and the author.  The content of the post is after with any links, videos, pictures, or text listed as well.  At the very end of the post is where you as the reader are given the opportunity to interact with the information given.  You can share the post using any of the services listed when you click the "+Share" button.  You also have the option to Comment!  We are always anxious to read your remarks and thoughts about the topic at hand.  Please let us know what you think about not only the post, but also what others have commented as well.

Hopefully this has been helpful for you in understanding how to use EHOVEwire and other blogs as well.  We look forward to using this tool to help enhance your technology life! Enjoy!

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