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Women's and Gender Studies

Blogs

blog is a type of website that allows users to reflect, share opinions, and discuss various topics in the form of an online journal.  A blog can be updated and maintained by a single individual or shared with a group.  The information posted on a blog is presented in reverse chronological order and readers may comment on posts ("Blog," n.d.).   

Wiki allows people to add, modify, or delete content in a collaboration with others. Information is displayed on a wiki using a menu driven navigation system of pages.  Both blogs and wikis offer search features and provide individual(s) with the ability to create content using traditional text, images, and many forms of multimedia including video and audio, in order to inform or create discussions.  

Blogs and wikis can be a great way to give students their own voice and motivate them to participate in class discussions.  They also enable collaboration across time and distance, and provide multimedia options to learn and express what has been learned in class.

Tools and Archives

Blogger

Instructions for creating a Blogger blog are (included below) are available from the website "Blogs" available on the College of Charleston Website.

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CREATING A BLOGGER BLOG

To create a Blogger blog through the College, use your Google Apps account to sign in to Blogger at blogger.com.  You can also access Blogger through the More menu of Google Apps.

Once you login to Blogger, you can create a new blog by clicking the New Blog button.

image of the Blogger create blog button

You will then be prompted to define the blog title, address, and template.  Click the Create Blog button when you are ready to start blogging with Blogger.

image of Blogger title, address, and theme prompt

 

Google Sites

Creating a Google Site

To create a Google Site through the College, use your Google Apps account to sign in to Google Sites  at  sites.google.com.  You can also access Google Sites through the More menu of Google Apps.

Follow these instructions, provided by Google's Help Pages to Create your site.

Click the Create button.

  1. Choose one of the displayed site templates, use the default blank template, or click Browse gallery for more to review more template choices
  2. Enter your site name and the URL where it will be located (for example, sites.google.com/site/yoursite). The name and URL you choose can't be changed after you create your site, or used again if the site is deleted.
  3. Click "More options" and select the appropriate checkbox if your site contains mature material. You can also add an optional site description in this section.
  4. If you wish, click "Select a theme" to pick a theme for your site.
  5. Enter the wavy characters in the word verification section, and click the Create button at the top of the page.

Now that you've created your site, you can create a new page by clicking the New page button in the top right corner of your window.

Then, name the new page and select the type of page you want: webpage, announcement, file cabinet, or list. After you've selected where you want to locate the page, click the Create button at the top of the page.