All the e-world’s a stage, from Facebook and Twitter to instant messaging and blogs, and your audience can be anyone from your best friend to millions of strangers.
Today you'll start in the shallow end of the pool by brushing up on your instant messaging skills. After that, go big with a blog. All the while, keep in mind who will be reading your information online and what you do and don't want to reveal about yourself.
Step 1: You'll start by exploring Google Hangouts or Facebook chat—either through your account or someone else's. Your teacher will help you get started and let you know whether you'll be working individually or with a group.
Step 2: Using the account you have open, explore the following features:
Step 3: Let's take a class poll. How many of your classmates use instant messenger services anyway? Take a minute to check in and find out who your classmates (and you, of course) communicate with most often this way. Here's another question for you all to discuss: Do you communicate differently in different situations? For instance, how do you communicate when you're:
What's the same in each of these situations?
What's different? Well, for one thing, you may not talk in abbreviations as much as you text with them, right? Go to Abbreviations.com and use it to help you create a dictionary of the 15 most common abbreviations you use when messaging.
Ahem. Keep it clean, please.
Step 4: Once everyone has made a list, go ahead and share a few of your favorites with the class and discuss the following questions:
Step 5: All right. Now that you've mastered Facebook and instant messaging, you're going to explore one of the most personal forms of social media: blogging.
Take a few minutes to quickly skim through these sample blogs.
Now discuss the following questions:
Step 6: Ready? Set? Let's figure out how to set up our own blogs. Watch "How to Set Up a Blog Using Blogger." (15:32)
Step 7: Now, if you're old enough (blogger.com requires users to be 13 or over), you can use what you learned to create your own blog on blogger.com. If you're under 13, don't worry, we've got you covered. Open a word processor (MS Word, Pages, Google Drive, etc.) and pretend to create a blog.
Step 8: When you have your blog (or fake blog) set up, answer the following questions:
Step 9: Now that you're a little clearer on your subject, audience, and purpose, go ahead and create the first entry for your blog. If you have a real blog set up online, email (or message) your teacher the URL of your post when you're done. If you're using a fake blog, you can share your document with your teacher.