20% Project: Blogging

February 6, 2014 § Leave a comment


How could the 20% project reflect some of the things you’ve learned about meaningful learning so far this semester?

It’s important to think about your 20% project topic and to document your thinking. It’s also important to consider what others think about that topic.

Let’s see what topics you are thinking about for your 20% project.

Using TopicHelper, you will narrow down your interest and zero in your topic and devise a driving question.

Once you have determined your topic, click this Padlet link to write your topic on the wall.  Double click on any empty space on the wall to activate a text box. Write your name and then write a possible topic of yours.


Blogging is a great way to keep a record of all of this thinking and learning.

There are many different blog tools – I recommend using either Blogger or WordPress. Today you’ll start a blog and write two posts.

1. Create a first blog post with your driving question. What is your driving question? What made you come up with the question? Elaborate on the question and explore the keywords of the question on the Web see what you can find. Summarize your findings.

2. Find a blog post that’s somehow related to your 20% project. Then, create your 2nd blog post with an extended comment about the post you found and what it means to your 20% project.

3. Make a 20% Blog page on your Portfolio and link your blog.

4. Continue to update your blog with updates on your 20% project work throughout the semester. You will create total 4 posts:

  1. First with the driving question and initial thoughts and findings.
  2. Second with commentaries and lessons learned from others’ blogs
  3. Progress on your learning about the topic, making of the product, and your plan for the final presentation.
  4. Reflections on what you have done and learned through the 20% project and what you will do with your product.

How to Create a Blog

1. Create a blog at http://www.wordpress.com. Not wordpress.org.  After you create an account, it will ask you to confirm the account via your email.  Then you need to sign in again. Take a few minutes to think of an appropriate name for your blog – something related to your 20% project.

2. Log in to http://eits.uga.edu/learning_and_training/lynda with your UGA MyID.
Search for “Wordpress Essential Training” and choose relevant videos to watch if you need help.

I will demonstrate how to use WordPress. For Blogger users, see the directions below.


When you log into Blogger with your Google account and you have not created a blog yet. You will see this.

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Click the one on the right. Then it will lead you to the next step.

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You can type in the name you like.  You can change it later if you don’t like it.  This will be your Blogger username.  Then we will go to the next step.

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Now, you need to create a new blog.  Click “New Blog” and you will see another window pop out. This is the place where you can name the Blog and create the url.

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You might see this.  Then you need to think about a new url until you see something like this.

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Then click “Create Blog”!  Your blog will be there!  BUT, how are you going to get the url for me and post your reflection during this semester?

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    • Click “View Blog” and then your blog will show.  Copy the link and submit it to me.  Some of you submitted wrong links to me on Monday.  Please re-submit the url to me.
    • If you want to create a new post, click that orange pencil and it will let you post a new article.

If you want to know more about how to use Blogger, you can watch the following video.

Make it clear: the purposes of your e-portfolio and blog.

E-portfolio is where you demonstrate all the projects and your learning experiences in all things you do for EDIT2000.  Therefore, when people see your e-portfolio, they will understand what you have done and what you have learned.

Blog is for your 20% project. You will keep records of you what do for your 20% project,  your reflection on the topic and the progress you made for each milestone.

For Tuesday:

We begin the Communication and Collaboration projects.

Read Ch 3 from Egbert, J. (2009). Supporting learning with technology : essentials of classroom practice. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson/Merrill/Prentice Hall. You can find this chapter in our class dropbox folder.

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