Blogs are an Internet tool, which is short for web logs. Blogs are websites with Internet written entries that are shown in order from most recent to oldest. Most blogs are open to usually one topic, no matter how broad or narrow it is. A person can go on a web log and look at other entries on the topic and than expand his or her ideas through the blogs. This can be a great educational tool because many people are commenting on a subject and you can see all the different ideas that can be derived from the subject. "A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic." ( This video will give you a better understanding for blogs without knowing "Internet" lingo.

Types of Blogs

There are many types of blogs that can be found on the Internet. There are vlogs , which are blogs made specifically for videos. Also there are sketchblogs, which are used for sharing art portfolios. There are linklogs that are common to social bookmarking, which have many different links for one topic, and finally there are photoblogs, which mainly consist of photos. Web logs don't have to just be done on the Internet. Mobile phones and PDA's can also be used to create a blog, which is called a moblog.

Blogs in the Classroom

Blogs can be a very useful online tool for online classes and educational purposes. There are blogs for entertainment purposes, but also many blogs that are useful in the classroom. The educational values of blogs can be tremendous when looking for one specific topic. Even experts in some established fields maintain their own blog. This way, you get a direct commentary on an issue from a educated source. Blogs give the reader many different views from different people and you are allowed to comment after, agreeing or disagreeing. Whether you are actually blogging or just looking for a blog, they have become an extremely important part of the Internet.

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