Blogger is for blogging, which is an art form in and of itself, deserving of a full exploration beyond the scope of a Web 2.0 primer.
However, Blogger can also be used as a simple learning platform. Instead of posting the diary/journal type entries, called posts, that a blogger would post, you can post prayers, reflection question, stories, content, and announcements. You can also easily embed graphic images, including photos, and video. Finally, you can post from a computer, or from your email. Each post can be its own lesson, tutorial, retreat or demonstration.
Readers, or participants can engage in simple conversation using the comment box under each post. You can also give the special email address connected with a blog (or lesson, or book-read, or reflection, whatever you want to call it) to others who can help author the content.
We used Blogger at the 2012 NCCL Tech Boot Camp, and many people posted using the email account. However, when folks tried to create their own accounts, we ran into an odd difficulty. Apparently Blogger (owned by Google), saw a lot of account creations coming from one location. We are guessing they thought we were hackers, and shut down the projects. This will not happen when you create your account, and follow the tutorial at http://nccltechbootcamp.blogspot.com (Blogspot is another domain name owned by Blogger). Learn Blogger, and dream of how you can easily create an online environment for collaborative learning!
If you believe that you can now create a Blogger with Blogger, and use it for online reflections, learning or teaching – click the “Like” button. Once you create something to engage your learners or colleagues, come back and tell us about it. We’d love to hear from you.