How to use a classroom blog:
Students can blog at any time on my weebly website. Student blogposts are not assigned as a grade, they are assigned as a participation reward. Students may blog for Dojo points, which they receive a prize at the end of our grading period. Students have two weeks to post a comment on the most current blog. Replies are not rewarded with points, however, I do highlight students who are actively participating during classtime.
Rules and guidelines for posting blogs in our class website:
Needs analysis: without it, we are dead in the water, or, at best, taking a wild guess at what content is needed for training or re-training for our audience whether they are clients, students or our presentees.
There's no way to create an effective lesson plan or curriculum without knowing the needs of your audience. What's their technology experience? A lesson for a group of highly knowledgeable techies may be faster paced than if you're starting with an audience that's inexperienced with tech. If you know your audience well, such as a teacher who will have the same roster of students, then you won't need to perform a needs analysis for every lesson; however, if your audience is new to you OR you aren't sure who your target audience consists of (such as when you are presenting to a large group of attendees at a conference) then you may have to do your best to create a more general lesson and allow more time for your learners to understand your content and ask questions as they may be learning your content AND the technology used to create the content simultaneously.