Widgets are part of blog design. Good design is clean and purposeful. So I choose my widgets for my readers.
I think must-haves include:
- Short Text About Blog with author’s name
- Relevant Photo
- Tag Cloud
- Blog List of Favorite Blogs
- Badge (Support of others or one’s own)
Other choices would be:
If a blog is educational, include:
- Links to school-related blogs (other teachers, students, research, etc.)
- Link to pedagogy and guidelines
Now, that’s a lot already, so an author needs to pick and choose, design and organize, review and revise so that the blog stays consistent, yet current and informative, yet welcoming.
I never thought I would use a Voki, but after viewing many of my fellow challengers’ examples, I’ve decided I enjoy them and so will readers. A Voki can deliver a welcome, a question, a direction that quickly engages readers.
That said, would you consider these marvelously used widgets?
Examples in Teaching Elementary
Flag Counter — Flags of visitors
Blabberize — make your own picture do the talking
Build Your Wild Self — create your own picture/avatar
Answer Garden — Ask a question and watch answers evolve
Examples in Global Student
Tag cloud — visual cloud of frequently used tags
Video of classroom (Vimeo) — embed a class video
Voki — Welcome and directions for how to comment
Examples in aimeeb
Example in Home School Mom
It’s a widget world –what do you think? Which are most important?
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