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The start of the new school year is when I get lots of requests for helping people set up new blogs for their classrooms. Beyond the normal elements of built into your chosen blog platform, there are three things that I almost always recommend that teachers add to make their blogs a true online hub for communication.
Some of us tweet and post on Facebook almost nonstop throughout our day, while others tend to limit their posts to a few updates here and there for fear of overloading their friends and followers. As it turns out, there is an optimal time to tweet and post, as well as a favorable frequency of updating that will lead to peak results. In a recent study by award-winning social media scientist, Dan Zarella , he reveals research that determines when and how often we should be reaching out to our own audiences for maximum exposure. Timing your Tweets: Nearly 80% of the general US population is in the Central and Eastern time zone. The highest percentage of retweets occur around 5PM EST, while the highest CTR (click through rate) occurs between noon and 6PM EST.
Nick Clegg: he argues that society cannot expect teachers to take on too much. Parents need to take responsibility, too. Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA The deputy prime minister is to open up a new front in his disagreements with the education secretary, Michael Gove , criticising the recent decision by the Tories to heap responsibility for children's development on to teachers. Nick Clegg 's aides believe the Conservatives have placed too much emphasis on teachers as arbiters of authority over children in the wake of last month's riots.
We have had a couple of people asking us about which plugins we use to help us run our blog so we thought it might be helpful to make a list of them for you. In case you don’t know, widgets and plugins are small bits of software that do different jobs on the blog. Please note, you will need to have a self-hosted WordPress blog rather than the wordpress.com blog. Email me if you want some help. If you find a widget that you think we’re missing, please let us know! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org