What is Blogger?
A blog is a web based diary that allows a "blogger" to publish text, links, pictures, and video to the web in a discrete entry called a Blog Post. Once published, readers can provide feedback to the blog post. Blog entries are recorded and displayed in reverse chronological order and can be edited by the author. Blogger (owned by Google) is a popular blogging site that is no more difficult to use than a conventional word processing software.
Blogging software such as Blogger is free. The main investment, and this should not be overlooked, is the time taken to create and read the content. Blogs humanise your course. It allows for opinions and personalities of both instructors and students to shine through.
What is a Blog Best Used for?
Blogs are great tools for instructors who want to add additional context to their courses. They also work particularly well as a reflective learning tool for your students that allows them to reflect on what they have learned and relate it to something that they are familiar with.
Blogs work particularly well for students because they can be worked on at virtually any time, in any place with an Internet-enabled computer. Hence, they can be used by instructor to create an online classroom environment that extends beyond the boundaries of the course.
In addition to providing instructors with an excellent tool for communicating with students, there are specific educational benefits of blogs. Blogs are:
Blogger is juts one of the free blogging tools available. For simplicity, we will focus on it, however you do have many options and the operation of each blogger platform is similar.
How to Create a Blog with Blogger