Adding Media to Your Blog

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Objective

SWBAT add appropriate media elements to their new blogs, creating new sources of relevant content.

Big Idea

... blogging is a ubiquitous form of academic, professional, and personal expression ...

Introduction and Context

10 minutes

[THIS IS THE 3rd PART OF 7 PARTS IN A SEQUENCE OF LESSONS FOR THE FIRST "MINI-UNIT" OF THIS SEMESTER.]

Once students have finished creating their blogs and posted a profile, it is time to begin adding content -- this is the fun part!

For this first content-adding-lesson, students will post and describe a picture and post and describe a video.  

Before you begin this lesson in class, you may want to give a very simple homework assignment, and one that students will actually dig!  Mention to students to find, either from their own social networks, hard drives, and/or phones three images that demonstrate their personality.  These can be anything, and the images DO NOT have to include them or anyone they actually know.  Do likewise for video -- that is have them find three videos at youtube or Vimeo that demonstrate their personality.  They should send the URLs for these videos to themselves in an email and attach the pictures too (or have access to the pictures on their school drive).  This lesson will go much more smoothly if they have content at the ready before they begin the computing work.

Mention, too, that the processes they will learn today could (and should) become repetitive, as they will be expected to "flesh out" their blogs over time in the class.

(Attached to this section, as it seemed the most logical, is an instructional video associated with the descriptions, found in the following two, short sections.) 

Adding Media: a Picture/Image

10 minutes

After logging in to their Google accounts, have students navigate to Blogger.  I ask students to use the Google Apps "chooser grid" (the easiest way to navigate multiple apps), found under their log in name in the upper-right of the Chrome screen.  (As a caveat, I have found this little grid very handy and easier to use than the apps switcher OR clicking on apps in a new tab.)

Once in Blogger, ask students to click "View Blog" and review the current state of their very-empty-but-soon-to-be-filled blog ...

Once they have these basic log in and navigation features internalized, it is time to click "New Post" in the upper-right hand corner.  (You will notice that Blogger layers a simple "toolbar" over the top of each blog page; using these tools/links is the easiest way to get around when blogging.)

After clicking "New Post" the blog posting "wysiwyg" appears at the top of a blank "compose page."Now students, simply, click on the "Add Image" button (see the attached image) on the "wysiwyg" toolbar, select the proper source from the choices on the left-hand side (aka. "Upload") of the dialogue book, and "drive" to the file to be posted.

After posting an mage, click on it in the "wysiwyg" window and the image tools appear.  Students select "add a caption" and, well, add a caption!  They return-down a few spaces below the image, and type a paragraph that describes the image's relevance to them -- why does this image (of all images) represent their interests, passions, and personality?

Adding Media: a Movie/Video

10 minutes

Now, click "New Post" again n the upper-right hand corner.  (You will notice that Blogger layers a simple "toolbar" over the top of each blog page; using these tools/links is the easiest way to get around when blogging.)

After clicking "New Post" the blog posting "wysiwyg" appears at the top of a blank "compose page."Now students, simply, click on the "Add Movie" button (see the attached image) on the "wysiwyg" toolbar, select the proper source from the choices on the left-hand side (aka. "from yourtube") of the dialogue book, and search for the desired video at youtube.

After posting a movie, click on it in the "wysiwyg" students return-down a few spaces below the embedded movie file, and type a paragraph that describes the video's relevance to them -- why does this video (of all videos) represent their interests, passions, and personality?