Tweeting About Blog Posts

As you know, when publishing a new blog post, you'll need to tweet about it (on Twitter). The tweet should include a link to the specific blog post (not just to the overall blog itself). To get the address (URL), click on the blog post title. For example, If I were to tweet about one of my previous blog posts,, Comment Etiquette,  I would click on that post's title and then copy the URL (web address). I would then take that address and shorten it using the URL shortener, .

                           Explaining URLs: 

Once you've got the correct URL copied and shortened, it can be pasted into a tweet. 

 The tweet should also include:
  • a brief description of the blog post 
  • an appropriate picture
  • the class hashtag


What will happen to the @POTUS Social Media Posts?

Have you ever wondered what will happen to President Obama's tweets, Instagram posts, and other social media accounts once he leaves office? Well, if you have, or even if you haven't, White House Prepares to Hand Over @POTUS to the Next POTUS, is an interesting article that discusses  what will happen to all of his social media activity once the new President takes over. 


What Are You Really Tweeting About?

Just a reminder regarding Twitter....

When tweeting about a new blog post or new digital media, be sure to add a description of whatever it is that your post (or digital media) is about.

For example:

Not so good: Hey, here's a link to my new blog post.

Much better: Here's a link to my new blog post about how the candy company, Nestles, uses social media. #dshsfl16

Not so good: Here's a link to my Storify.

Much better:  Check out my new Storify on the "exciting" 2016 Election. #dshsfl16

And of course, to make each tweet complete, be sure to include an interesting picture, a shortened URL (for the specific blog post), and the class hashtag (#dshsf16).


Comment Etiquette

Just a reminder that commenting is an important part of the blogging activity. Afterall, it's all about a conversation that a blogger has with her readers.
Here are examples of two comments; one good and one not so good.

Not so good: Your blog post is awesome - I like dogs too.

Much Better: I really  liked (compliment) your blog post on the importance of training puppies - you included so much great information that’s useful to dog owners. I agree with you (comment) that all dogs (especially ones that will grow up to be big) should have some kind of formal training. I have a dog (connection) that went to “puppy school” a few years ago and she is very well behaved. My uncle has a large dog (a husky) (connection) that didn’t get trained and he jumps on everyone, he’s so annoying and fresh! I think that I’m getting a new puppy for my birthday! Can you recommend (question) a “puppy school” in the area?
(but don’t actually include the words (compliment), (comment), etc.)

For more on Comments, please refer to these guidelines.


What did you work on today?

  • Daily Exit SurveyStudents should respond to this survey at the end of class. This will help me keep track of which topic/unit that each student is working on.

Course Resources for Student Success

    ********** Learn to Write for Blogging ***************
    • Guidelines for Developing Blog PostsIn addition to the specific blog post requirements outlined for each unit, students should also follow these basic guidelines. 
    • 74 Fill-In-The-Blank Blog Post TitlesJust a few ideas to help you create that "awesome" blog post title.

    • Class Sharing Document: This is where you let me know where to access your blog (and other digital media) as well as a place to find the links to your classmate's blogs. 
    • Blog Post Notification (survey): Students should respond to this survey once they have completed a unit (including the blog post and all of the other digital media requirements). 
    • Blog Comments NotificationStudents should respond to this survey once they have completed a "Comments unit". This will help me (and the students) keep track of whose blog they commented on as well as which blog post they commented on. 
    • Daily Exit SurveyStudents should respond to this survey at the end of each class. This will help me keep track of which topic/unit that each student is working on.
    • Daily Exit Survey ResultsThe results/responses of the Daily Exit Survey.


    Yikes! I'm Writing for a Global Audience!

    Students will complete the course units in the order that they are listed under the section named, "Course Units." Beginning with the Unit on Blogging, students will write and publish a blog post at the end of each unit (at a minimum). 

    Writing for a blog is a bit different than writing for a printed newspaper or a school essay. Students will be writing for a global audience so particular attention should be paid to make the content relevant and interesting. Spelling and grammar are also both very important!  Check out these guidelines on how to write interesting blog post titles and content.

    I suggest that you develop/write your posts in a Google Doc and then paste into Blogger. If you decide to write directly into Blogger, be sure to save your work often.

    Have fun blogging!


    The Social Media Revolution, Right Here, Right Now

    The following video(see below) by Eric Qualman highlights the fact that social media is here to stay. While there are certainly many negative aspects of social media (cyber-bullying, lack of privacy, reduced socialization, for example), social media can also be used in a positive way by both individuals and organizations (businesses, universities, etc.). 

    After watching this video, please share your thoughts (briefly) on the following (by commenting to this blog post):
    1)  What do you think that Qualman means by his quote (see below) and how do you think that it fits into Social Media Literacy?

         "We don't have a choice on whether we do social & mobile, the question is how well we do it?” 

    Be sure that you are logged into your Google Account before commenting. I moderate all the comments on my blog which means that you will not see your comments right away - I need to approve and release them first.