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What are Blogs?

At its simplest, "A blog (a combination of web & log) is a website where entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog." ( Wikipedia) The term weblog, or blog, was coined by Jorn Barger in 1997 and refers to a simple webpage consisting of brief paragraphs of opinion, information, personal diary entries, or links, called posts, arranged chronologically with the most recent first, in the style of an online journal.

Blogging allows you to easily create a webpage with your own ideas and information. Other characteristics of weblogs include archives, a unique URL for each post (called a permalink), an RSS feed to syndicate the blog’s content, dated and time-stamped entries, the capability of the software to allow readers’ comments, and use of templates to assist in page design and layout. One who blogs is a "blogger."

Blogs in Plain English


Using Blogs in the Classroom

  • Chapter discussions
    Let your students post chapter summaries to their blogs and then discuss them with the class!
  • Links to online resources
    Assigning a research paper? Post your assignment along with links to online resources. Your students can then discuss topics or share their own links!
  • Current events
    Current events are a great way to keep up with what's going on in the world. Blogging makes it fun!
  • Student journals
    A blog basically is a journal, so naturally ClassPress is perfect for student journals!
  • Share content
    If you have a website that's difficult and time-consuming to maintain, get rid of it and use your blog instead!
  • Connect with your class
    Today's students are already online and connected 24/7... bring your lessons into their world using a safe and easy-to-use tool!