The Create a Blog Quest provides individuals an opportunity to create a digital portfolio and join the TOOL digital learning community as a Registered Participant.
Blogs are not new features in the electronic learning landscape. These daily digital diaries first appeared on the World Wide Web’s frenetic frontier during the late 1990s and have been an integral part of the online experience since. In addition to providing owners the means of logging details, as well as opportunities for rich rumination and reflection, blogs also serve as portfolios. Acting as a virtual valise, blogs can contain comments, as well as all manner of content the user creates (e.g., digital graphics, photographs, audio, and video). Maintaining a blog allows digital citizens a forum to share with others what thoughts, ideas, and artifacts.
Registering with TOOL and creating a blog that serves as a professional portfolio
First, please register with TOOL. The process is free and allows participants to join the TOOL’s digital learning community. After registering with TOOL, carefully read the Wikipedia entry for the term blog. In particular, pay close attention to the portion of the text explaining the Blogger’s Code of Conduct. Afterward, watch the following short Edublog/WordPress Multisite video, What is a Blog?
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Now, examine the blogging tools listed in the Resources for Exploration section below. While exploring these resources, reflect a moment on how each displays content. Note the blogging platforms that engage visitors and showcase user-created content.
Although lengthy, the collection of blogging services is by no means an exhaustive list; rather, it is merely a springboard for blog creation.
Settle upon a blogging resource. After making an informed selection, register with the blogging service and create a blog. Once the blog has been created, compose a blog post describing your experience (for example, detailing if the process complicated or simple) and how you feel about becoming a member of the TOOL digital learning community.
After completing a blog post that meets the requirements of this quest, submit the link to your post in the Submission Form at the bottom of this page.
Next, as a courtesy to fellow TOOL participants, join the Create a Blog Forum. Share the link to your blog, explore links to the blogs created by other TOOL Registered Participants, and consider providing helpful feedback to others regarding this topic.
Visitors to TOOL are encouraged to learn and earn. Exploring content, acquiring knowledge, and mastering the skills identified in the Skills, Qualities, and Quests presented in the TOOL site have the potential to improve teaching and learning for students and teachers. We welcome visitors to participate in this and all TOOL Quests and earn recognition for their effort. Although anyone may view the steps to completing this and other TOOL quests, only Registered Users may submit evidence of mastery. Want to complete this quest and receive acknowledgment for your dedication? If so, login or register with us and begin your Quest in earnest!
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