TEACHERS, BLOGGERS, AGENTS OF CHANGE: Blogging instructions page


Becoming a Blogger

With this Web log we are creating a public space, a public sphere of sorts, where we can come together to share ideas, new and repurposed, with our peers. Thus, this site is to serve as a living archive, one continuously expanding, where we can deposit and borrow ideas that may enhance our ability to learn, to connect, to empathize, to understand one another through new and varied perspectives, and hopefully, to take away into our future classrooms in order to be more effective and involved agents of change. We need to be more efficacious as teachers, we need to be better researchers, and we most certainly need to learn to convert the information that surrounds us into resources for our students. Why? Because we want to be better teachers to our students, and consequently because we want to make our lives easier within our chosen fields.

I invite all of you to share in this living archive. I recognize that it may be perused at times, with some infrequency, however know that it will be here for you should you ever want to refer to it at some future date. For your extended convenience, some of your peers have agreed to maintain this blog long after the course is over.

You are the new teachers, bloggers, and agents of change.

How to Post


Create you own Gmail account
(Go to Google and look for the Gmail account link; follow instructions for e-mail)


To contribute to this blog, visit:
(which is the link provided in the invitation, or just click above once you have a Gmail account)

It will take you to a page that requests the following:

Email address Your username, not mine
Your name Your name
Display name The name that will be displayed, your display name

Acceptance of Terms
Accept the Terms of Service
Indicate that you have read and understand Blogger's Terms of Service

Click on continue….make sure you check acceptance of terms


Click on View Blog

This will take you to the Blog from where you are free to navigate and make yourself acquainted with how it functions.

Click on the table of content on the right hand side (it could move to the left later if somebody wants to have a different design template). Initially the Blog had a blue theme, but somebody requested a change and now it is a bright green (now it's white).

On that initial page, you will see on the top, right hand corner, your username followed by two tabs: NEW POST and LOG OUT.

To post, follow NEW POST.

Once on the edit page (or posting page), you will be able to create your title and your content by either typing them in or by cutting and pasting from a Word document. I’m sure you can also copy/paste material from anywhere on line.

-keep in mind your hyperlinks will be preserved automatically

-you also have the option of POSTing it immediately or saving your entry until you edit it, in that case click on SAVE. You can re-edit as often as you wish-to edit your work, simply go to edit posts and make your changes (by clicking on the choices available)

-to verify your post, click on VIEW POST-LOG OUT, and you are done.

Let me know if you have any trouble or if you need for me to post your links.I would strongly suggest that you look at other blogs out there.

Like everything else on the Web, the content varies from blog to blog. Here are some that I have visited lately. Perhaps you will be inspired to follow suit and become a full time blogger.

This one belongs to my friend Miguel who was in Yemen last year teaching ESL. This year he will be in Argelia, a few years back he was in Mauritania. I met him when we were both working on our Master’s degree here at UTSA. The things you could do with blogs in your classroom are limited only by your imagination. If nothing else, check out his amazing pictures, you might even know the guy.

Here’s another one replete with Chicano authors’ information and links to their home pages. My kids approve of it because it links directly to Gary Soto’s Webpage, whom they met recently at a UTSA reading and book signing.

This blog cites many things going on locally. I like to refer to it to find out what’s going on in San Antonio. It has some nice hyperlinks.

Here's another one that is just interesting be "the judge."


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