Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Blogging Books

With this fifth post, I am completing all the technical blog tasks of my UFL online course. I'd like to recommend some books that teach basics about blogging and how to use a blog in an educationional setting (we used the first book in the list below for our UFL online course):

  • Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms by Will Richardson (Corwin Press, 2006)
  • Classroom Blogging: A Teacher's Guide to the Blogosphere by David Warlick (Lulu.com, 2005)
  • Blogging For Dummies by Brad Hill (For Dummies, 2006)
  • No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog by Margaret Mason (Peachpit Press; 1st edition, 2006)
All are available on Amazon.com but I haven't hyperlinked the book titles to the commercial site since they're not paying me for clicks. Better still, support your local bookstore or library and find the books there. Anyone have other suggestions for good books about basic blogging or educational blogging?

Thanks to the visitor who provided a link to an article about adding bullets to my book list (see comments to this post).


Adam Rice said...

Great to see you blogging! (Are you anonymous?)

The very best book about blogging, covering matters of style, ethics, and audience, is Rebecca Blood's The Weblog Handbook. Her book stands more than head and shoulders above the rest.

As for bullets, the best thing to do is to learn a bit of HTML. Here's a good introduction to HTML, including how to mark up unordered and ordered lists.

scilit said...

Thank you, Adam, for the great suggestions. How in the world did you find my blog? I'm not trying hide my identity. I just thought that since this is a student assignment, the blog should focus on content rather than on me.

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