16 October 2014

Creating Websites

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When I began this blog,  I had my (then) current students in mind as a potential audience. Since then, this blog has changed, gone through different phases, and it's likely that this  may happen to everyone who shares in blog formats. For me, that is natural in the sense that blogs are organic, changing as oneself learns and grows professionally. 

As a result,  I sometimes wonder what recommendations I could possibly give when others begin their own blog. In regard to learners,  maintaining a blog is a great way to have an E-Portfolio ready to present whenever necessary, let alone an opportunity for practising and developing digital literacies. For others, it has become increasingly easy to set up a blog as there are plenty of videos and sites which readily offer tips, guidance and encouragement. 

However, there is one question that is not always asked - Why open a blog? Is it only for the aspiration of creating a space for dialogue and interaction among a certain circle of friends/colleagues?

Answers will inevitably vary tremendously, according to the many contexts and aspirations that may be embedded in blogs.  For anyone who wishes to start a blog, these are some alternative websites to develop blogs.

Strikingly  is mobile friendly and free to start with.

Once you register, there are different templates to choose from, according to one's purpose:

Jimdo also offers different templates for different purposes in mind. 

Until now, Jimdo is free, with the option to upgrade to JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness.  Here you can compare the differences.

Webr, is another free web builder, which is easy to use in 4 simple steps.

As the others mentioned above, there are different templates to choose from and it's also mobile friendly.

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Blogging, like marking, may be done for different purposes. Marking is usually justified by how teachers need to give students feedback for their writing - which is quite logical. However, marking is more for teachers to have a clearer notion of what still needs to be revised, presented again in class and consolidated with learners. The emphasis is that whatever results from the marking load, is for the teacher to then decide what needs to be done in class, rather than learners actually "learning" from their mistakes (and no, I won't ask how students really look at the feedback and act constructively on it).

But, coming back to blogging and websites - there are choices, both for one's purpose, type of blog and platform.

Do you have a favourite platform for blogging (other than Blogger, Wordpress, Edublogs)?

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Further Suggestions:

Blogging Platforms Around the Block

Visual Blogging and Surveys

Sailing the Shift in 2012



Keep it Simple, Stupid: 7 No-fuss Online Tools for the Lazy Blogger

16 Blogging Platforms that Won't Distract from Your Writing

19 Ways to Use Blogs with Students  - Starr Sackstein

A Collection of Blogging Resources

Blogging as Conversation - Steeve Wheeler

Educational Blogging - Stephen Downes

The Question Should be:  Why Are You *Not* Blogging - Alan Levine

Why are Academics (still) NOT Blogging - Lawrence Raw

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