Monday, May 24, 2010

Welcome to FNED 502!

Welcome to this FNED 502 blogging adventure!

Sometime before June 2, you will set up your own blog to use this session for all of your Talking Points assignments, and to keep track of your thoughts about any of the issues we cover.

A blog is your very own, personal online journal. It is public, in that I and your classmates can read it and comment on it, but it is your space and you can control most everything about it. (If you want to make it private so that *only* members of this class can read it, I can show you how to do so).

In the context of this course, your blog has two purposes:

1) Your blog will provide a space for you to keep all of your Talking Points assignments over the course of our semester together. You will not hand in written assignments to me each week; rather you will post them on your blog. In this sense, your blog is merely your assignment notebook that you will use as you read and prepare for class each week. You will also be posting any additional thoughts you have: responses to class discussion, after thoughts, things you forgot to say in class, relevant experiences you have, etc.

2) Creating your own blog will also introduce you to the blogisphere if you don't know this place already. I hope that you will discover creative educational uses for this online medium. You will see how easy it is to use, and perhaps it will inspire you to bring blogs into your own classroom.

To start your own blog, you will go to:

The big orange box at the top right of the page will direct you to creating your own blog on a site called Follow the instructions to open up a free account. Don't forget your Username and Password!! You will need them to login everytime.

As you fill in the info, you will be asked to name your blog. This title will appear at the top of your blog. (Mine is called "FNED 502 — Summer 2010")

Then, you need to choose an address:

This will be the web address associated with your site. you can call it anything you like. Be clever or simple (or both) -- it is up to you.

You will also need to choose a design template for your blog. Look through the options listed and see what appeals to you. You can change this later and can even find fun, creative templates at sites like PYZAM.

Once you have the account set up, you can start posting. A “posting” is an entry on your blog. (For clarification, you have one blog, but many postings). Give the post a title and then compose as you would any journal entry. When you are finished, hit the button at the bottom that says Publish Post. It will not appear on your blog until you publish it. You can always go back and edit old posts and create new ones.

Your First Post:
Your first post should be a short introduction to you: who are you, where you teach, what do you do when you are not in class, etc. (Just a short paragraph — no big deal). You will post the rest of the entries as they are due (see course syllabus for dates), or whenever you have something to say!

When you are done creating your site and posting your first entry, please come back to this blog and post a comment at the end of my first posting (scroll down) that includes your blog address so that I can post it in the link list to the right.

Some Tips and Helpful Hints:
  • Once you are in your blog, look at the top right corner of the screen. If you click on the word CUSTOMIZE, you will be able to make design changes, create new posts, edit old posts, etc. (You can only do this if you are logged in to your blog.)
  • Once you are in the CUSTOMIZE screen, you can do all kinds of things to make your blog a bit more interesting. Change your fonts and colors, edit a post, change your settings. See the tabs at the top of the screen for all kinds of options.
  • Poke around online and make a list of websites related to education, diversity, social justice or anything else relevant and post them on your blog. You can add all kinds of things by ADDING A GADGET from your LAYOUT tab.
  • Just do the best you can with this. If you get stuck, don't fret... I am happy to help you anytime as you work on getting this started. Send me an email, come see me in office hours, or grab me after class. And remember: you can't break it. It is just a blog. Everything can be changed if need be!
Good luck!!

LB :)


  1. My blog address is I have a question how come I cant type in ms word and paste into the blog? The command for paste is greyed out. I just would like to be able to save things on another medium as well as the web. Thanks

  2. My blog address is Thanks, Danielle Prignano

  3. Hi Dr. Bogad!
    my blog address is

  4. Hi Dr. Bogad
    This is Anne Andrade and my address is

  5. Hi Dr. Bogad, this is Lauren Cerra. My blog address is Thanks!


  7. Hi Dr. Bogad
    This is Amy Crookes
    my address is

  8. hi it's joe my blog is

  9. Hi Dr. Bogad
    My address is Thanks, Jenn Mailloux

  10. Hi Dr. Bogad,
    This is Melissa Bradford my address is


    This is mary

  12. Hi Dr. Bogad,

    Hi it's Kelly, my address is kellyssummer2010

  13. Hi Dr. Boda,
    This is Nikki Philp.
    My address is

  14. Hi Dr. Bogad,

    This is Kiyomi and my address is

  15. I was wondering what format you would like the papers in APA or MLA? That is all


  16. Hi there!
    My URL is
    Cathleen Hickey

  17. Hello, my URL is

    Maureen Cordoni

  18. This is way too difficult for me. I can't tell you how long it took me to get to this point!

    My url:

    Donna Andreozzi