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This is the first in a series of short, self-directed, and hands-on lessons that form part of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on education technology aimed at working teachers. The series is published as independent lessons rather than aMoreThis is the first in a series of short, self-directed, and hands-on lessons that form part of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on education technology aimed at working teachers. The series is published as independent lessons rather than a monolithic text to allow learners to pick and choose the lessons that interest them, or that apply directly to their personal teaching practice.The texts are supported by numerous online resources, including discussion forums and audio, video, and text chats. A lesson plan for this unit is below.I. Topic/Title: Blogging for TeachersII. Purpose/Objectives/Outcomes:The learner will:a) Examine a variety of education-related blogs and learn strategies for finding blogs specifically related to his or her content area.b) Construct his or her own blogs, using several different blogging platforms.c) Evaluate research literature in the area and engage with and discuss several scholarly works.III. Assessment of student outcomes:The assessment will be a combination of peer- and self-assessment, based on authentic products (i.e., the blog(s) that are created).IV. Curriculum Expectations/State or National Standards addressed:International Society for Technology in Education NETS-T standards:Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativityCommunicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital age media and formatsParticipate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learningV. Materials/Resources/Technology:Computer or mobile device with a full-featured web browser and a functional Internet connection.VI. Student activities:Read and discuss several preexisting education-related blogs.Set up new blogs using several different blogging platforms.Read and discuss literature on the topic.About the AuthorTony Hursh is a founding partner of Contraterrene eLearning Group, LLC, and was formerly the technology coordinator for an online degree program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While there, he taught numerous graduate-level education technology courses. He was named to the University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students on eight separate occasions. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a Master of Computer Science degree from Illinois. He did extensive post-graduate work in Educational Psychology at Illinois and has lectured and published on education technology in numerous venues.