Thursday, January 5, 2006

Task 2 - Create a Blog

Each participant in the PVLD Learning 2.0 project is required to set up a Blog using . Your blog will be the way you record your progress and will enable the Project Team to monitor your progress and verify completion of each task. Blogger is a free service that makes creating and maintaining a blog very easy.

To create your personal Learning 2.0 Blog go to . The easiest way to get started is to click on the blue oval “Take a Quick Tour” button about ½ way down the page. The tour will guide you through the following steps:

1. Create an account. Remember to write down your login and password!

2. Name your blog. Your blog name will appear in your blog’s unique Internet address like this: (yourblogname = the unique blog identifier you selected when you set up your account). Remember to write down your blog address!

Important Note: How you choose to identify yourself on your blog is your choice. You can blog under your real name, or create a screen name. However, in order to qualify for the Learning 2.0 prizes you will need to register both your blog name and your real name with Dallas Millican and David Campbell.

3. Select your template. This allows you to pick a color scheme and design for your blog.

If you run into trouble you can click on “Help” at the bottom of the Blogger screen (or go to ).

Create your first blog posts. Create a “test” post to see how it works. Post an entry about why you decided to participate in the Learning 2.0 project and how you think participation will enhance your ability to contribute to the success of PVLD.

Register your blog with the Learning 2.0 Project Send an email containing your name and your blog’s Internet address from your Internet email account (e.g. Yahoo Mail, Gmail, etc) to Dallas Millican and David Campbell.

Why am I doing this? Your blog will be the way your successful completion of the Learning 2.0 tasks will be recorded and verified. Blogs are an increasingly popular means of "publishing" information and opionions. Many libraries use them to share information about library programs and services with their customers, and many people read blogs as an important source of news and information.

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