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Getting Started with Blogger


Getting Started with Blogger

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This is a short turorial that teaches the basics of using Blogger.
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Material Type: Tutorial
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: June 11, 2011
Date Modified in MERLOT: June 22, 2011
Submitter: James Dunn


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Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed, Graduate School
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Language: English
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Avatar for Andrew Hahn
5 years ago

Andrew Hahn (Administrator)

This is a great resource! It's short, simple, thorough, and to the point (and VERY easy - no added length or fluff to extend the resource). I enjoyed how you actually had to interact with the resource instead of just interacting with the quiz portion, it helps keep the student engaged in the resource and would probably help them pay more attention.

The three state standards were covered, and covered in detail too without just stating what they are. Your voice was very clear, calm, and easy to follow and understand. As far as UDL, I think things were very well put in place in the resource (arrow pointing, interactive clicking, etc). The only thing I think that could be added could be closed captioning at the bottom of the resource - but that depends on whether or not it's possible with the technology you used.

The only comment for improvement I would have would be add a few more quiz questions. Maybe by adding one or two per part could help the student pay attention more or help them retain information longer. Other than that great job!

Technical Remarks:

Great use of interaction in the resource. This should really help captivate and engage students!

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes

Avatar for Rachel Hollenback
5 years ago

Rachel Hollenback (Teacher (K-12))

Ease of the resource: The video tutorial was easy to follow. For some areas as the narrator said, "" YOu had to literally click on that area on the screen with your local mouse. I believe most would understand how to carry on with this after the first click. It kept your attention in a good way. The video flowed nicely overall.

Specific Comments: The state standards were covered. This was done in a fast and efficient way. Wen most people see standards they drift off but the narrator kept it short and used a highlighting technique in the Camtasia software that illuminated the important parts and kept me interested. The narrator used a clam and clear voice the entire time. I enjoyed that very much. The one question quizzes were inserted in the right spots the correct number of times. Call outs and screen signal drawings were appropriate to direct viewers eyes. Things that could have been added could have been some additional Blog information on set up such as a short overview of the menu tabs under "Design" just so creators knew where to explore the possibilities for their blogs. This may have added some excitement about the personalization for students who crave to make something their own.

UDL Principles, instructional strategies, instructional design, web or product design: The video enable viewers to participate with the instruction in many ways through clicking cues and quizzes to maintain interest and follow steps as they would when they go to create their own blog. It uses both auditory and visual information for learning. The callouts (screen writings, arrows, circles) can help aid those ESL students who may need the extra pointing out of hot spots. He refers to the blog the students will be creating for he class and gives them real life actions they will have to do for their blog. He does not go into detail about too much to minimize distractions. This can be a good thing since there are so many different blog choices, themes, and colors that can overtake the true meaning of the blog.

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Technical Remarks: The quiz results at the end were shown to me and I had the choice to e-mail them to the creator. This is a wonderful aspect of Camtasia. However, I did send my quiz results to the creator and it did get sent back to me as a undeliverable e-mail. I am not sure if this was on purpose or due to error.

Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes
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