Google Teacher Academy: Blogger and Page Creator

This page was created to support the Web Publishing with Blogger and Page Creator session at the Google Teacher Academy in Santa Monica, Ca on May 23, 2007.


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Agenda and Links:

The One-Way Web

  • Powerful resource for educators and students, but…
  • Information moves from publishers to consumers
  • Information cannot be edited
  • Read-Only Web
  • Web 1.0

The Two-Way Web

  • It is now as easy to create as it is to consume.
  • Anyone can publish, share, and change information
  • Read/Write Web
  • Web 2.0
  • This is changing our world!

Page Creator

Educational Pages

  • Teacher homepages
  • Class homepages
  • Resources for students or parents
  • Student projects or portfolios

Example Pages


  • Web + Log = weblog or “we blog”
  • Easily created
  • Easily updated
  • If you can email, you can blog.
  • Blogs allow visitors to comment
  • Try It:

Educational Blogs


  • Websites anyone can edit.
  • If you can use a word processor, you can use a wiki!
  • Visitors can see a history of changes and revert to earlier versions.
  • Visitors can discuss the page in a threaded forum.

Educational Wikis

  • Collaboratively Authored Class Texts
  • Writing Projects
  • Group Projects
  • Sharing Resources
  • Grade Level Teams
  • Subject Area Teams
  • Professional Development

Example Wikis

Continuum: Page Creator

  • One-way tool
  • Users: One
  • Updates: Seldom
  • Format: Static page
  • Use For: Teacher homepages or reference material, final products for student projects

Continuum: Blogger

  • Two-way tool
  • Users: One to many
  • Updates: Frequent
  • Format: Reverse chronological (w/archives)
  • Use For: Communicating with students, parents, & outside experts; reflective practice and professional development

Continuum: Wikis

  • Two-way tool
  • Users: Many
  • Updates: Frequent
  • Format: Dynamic page
  • Use For: Collaborative authoring, editing, & sharing among colleagues or between students; discussions

Combinations: Page Creator as a Hub

  • Create a class homepage or welcome page.
  • Link to:
    • More pages
    • Blogs
    • Wikis
    • Podcasts

Combinations: Blogger as a Hub

  • Create a class blog.
  • Link to:
    • Pages
    • More Blogs
    • Wikis
    • Podcasts

Combinations: A Wiki as a Hub

  • Create a Class Wiki
  • Link to:
    • Pages
    • Blogs
    • More Wikis
    • Podcasts

Creative Assignment: MiniSagas

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