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Session 28: What is the Educational Value of Class blogs, wikis etc. Session Title What is the Educational value of class bogs, wikis etc Session Summary Poor blog = comments in lesson. Good blog = comments that night. Great blog = children continuing the discussion weeks later. Although expecting a quieter #ukedchat discussion than usual, owing to the numbers of ‘regulars’ attending BETT, I was pleasantly surprised.

What was evident from the outset of the conversation, was the endless possibilities that a blogging offers a school and its learners. Many of the teachers involved in the conversation shared links to their school blogs and I have listed those links below. One of the ideas which really struck me, was the power of blogs to teach pupils about writing for an audience. Parental engagement was a message which came through loud and clear. All in all, this was a thought-provoking and useful discussion and thanks go to all those involved. Notable Tweets from the session: @NikyNewbury My class are fairly new at blogging but they love contributing to it.

What is a blog? Beyond filter failure: the downfall of RSS. The Benefits of Blogging! Let’s Up the Blogging | WJU EdTech. I think I’ve always liked to write. As a little girl, I had dreams of being an author. I remember submitting a story I had written when I was around ten called “The Adventures of Becky Keele”.

I’m pretty sure, looking back, that it was very similar to Tom Sawyer but my own girly version. I sent it to a few publishers and they all wrote back very sweet “no” letters and an encouragement to keep writing. I was heart-broken and decided I couldn’t be an author. I have a friend who blogs and she is a very successful, professional blogger. She has tens of thousands of followers and she will commonly get 200-300 comments on each blog post. I’m not that brave. I do enjoy blogging.

“According to educational specialists Drs. My Tech for Teachers course recently discussed assessment and the importance of student reflection. Student voice is important and not all students speak up in a classroom. At William Jessup University, we are a Google Apps school and have easy access to Google sites. MacInnis Media | Your first time. If Only The Best Birds Sang … » Blog Archive » A ‘Storify’ about Blogging Buddies: Class ‏‏5/6 Clark/Smith. ACEC2014 – Presentation ‘Ban Boring Homework Use Blogging Instead’

Today I gave my presentation ‘Ban Boring homework Use Blogging Instead’ to an appreciative audience at ACEC2014. I introduced myself and gave my views on homework and how in my opinion no student cares about book work as homework, why would they care what marking I do? I try to work smarter not longer. I then spoke about my blogging journey from 2010 to now, with firstly year5rc followed by year6rc. I described how my amazing buddy Pru and I have run our class blogs with added student blogs as an optional extra from 2010 to 2013. And how we have always used the wonderful Edublogs as not only are they Australian but their support is second to none. I discussed how over the years I have come to the conclusion that a class blog, run only by a teacher can easily become unsustainable.

How when a teacher takes control and does all the work themselves it can be empowering and fabulous but it can also be hard graft. This is the prezi I shared for anyone who is interested. Join Us For The 2014 Build A PLN Teacher Challenge! It’s almost October, and we hope you’re excited for Connected Educator month! We had such an awesome response to our Teacher Challenges for blogging with students and personal blogging over the past month! Over 1,000 teachers from around the world signed up for the challenge, and we’ve loved reading your insightful comments. Now that Connected Educator month events are getting underway, we’re pleased to present our third teacher challenge: Whether you are new to being a connected educator, or want a refresher on all of the ways you can connect with others by building a personal learning network (PLN), come join us for our four week crash-course to get more connected.

Teacher Challenge: Build A PLN Everyone has their own professional learning network (PLN). It could be comprised of your colleagues, family, students, friends – whoever! But with the power of the web and online collaboration – a PLN could really grow! How Does It Work? The Edublogs Teacher Challenge is completely free of charge. Student Blogging Challenge | Challenge yourself to connect and learn through blogging. Building your PLN. Skip to content Building your PLN Know it or not, you already have some sort of Personal Learning Network or PLN! It could be your colleagues, family, students, friends – whoever! But with the power of the web and online collaboration – a PLN could really grow! This series guides you step by step through the process of building your PLN. You can work through the activities in any order and at any time. Here is our guide to growing your PLN in as little as a couple of weeks!

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Drop That “Busy Work” Like It’s Hot. This is a cross post from Pondering Education. I have worked with a lot of educators over the years. Each faculty and each school that I have visited they are different in so many ways. Now, this is not necessarily something to look down upon. However, there is one area that is consistently (wildly) inconsistent is every building that I visit – grading and assessment… the taboo topic in every schoolhouse. I know… I went there. Teachers don’t like to talk grading and assessment – ever. If so, shame, shame. So here is the skinny on grading and assessment. There are several areas that we should focus on when bringing purposeful assessment to your building: Drop the Zero 100-point grading scales are mathematically inaccurate – it is a fact.

Laws of Averaging State: 0% + 100% = 100%; when we divide that by 2, we get 50%. Read more about dropping the use of the zero here. Are Your Grades Polluted? Do you know why we grade students? Your grades are polluted. Meaningful Feedback Like this: 52 Education Blogs You Should Follow. If you are a teacher, student, parent, or administrator, you should be following education blogs. Why? Simply because blogs are an ever-increasing way to spark ideas, creativity, and innovation. The following list is a compilation of blogs for those interested in education. Written by parents, administrators, businessmen, teachers, and administrators, these blogs stand out with their unique style and excellent content.

Take a look at the 51 options below. And if you count the blog you’re on, that makes 52. Traditional Elementary Education 1. Cathy Nelson’s blog is for educators and library media specialists who are interested in technology integration in the classroom. 2. Cool Cat is a local teacher, author, and non-profit initiator, dedicated to inspiring fellow teachers with innovative and fresh ideas for reaching students in the classroom. 3. A blog centered on school administration issues. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Traditional College 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. A New Kind of Social Anxiety in the Classroom. Giuseppe Milo/Flickr Stress about a meeting that is still a week away, handwringing before talking to the cashier in the grocery line, worrying about seeing an acquaintance on the street—for people with social anxiety disorder, even the simplest task can prove challenging.

The symptoms of social anxiety often set in around adolescence, when people place a new emphasis on social interactions and their place in their peer groups. But some academics fear that greater access to technology could exacerbate social anxiety among teens, particularly as smartphones, tablets, and computers become omnipresent in and out of the classroom. And even though teachers are increasingly exploiting the devices as learning tools, they also play an integral role in stemming the tide of social anxiety. “If we are glued to technology 24/7, it’s going to have an effect on social skills—it’s just natural,” said Tamyra Pierce, a journalism professor at California State University, Fresno. The Journey from Library to Learning Commons. The library, at one time, was the center of the school building. It's where knowledge was held, books were shared, and ideas were generated. It was quiet, to the point that mini-lessens were taught about the edict required while in the confines of this environment.

A library in 1980 could look very similar to one today - Why is this? Nothing else has stayed the same...our students are different, technology has changed the way we gain information, and brain research has restructured our approach to the way students gain and understand information. Before I begin it is important to note that everything we have done, all that was created, was due to Christie’s amazing teachers and supportive parents. One of the things I love most about education is our willingness, and even love, of sharing information.

A colleague of mine, @matthew_arend, recently wrote a great blog post about his creation of a makerspace. As a new principal I was ready to move forward with our LC. Fundraising. A Student’s Brand Now Begins at Birth | Gaggle Speaks Blog | Andrea Keith. No one would argue the importance of teaching digital citizenship as a part of any school technology initiative. Schools should teach students how to live, act, play and interact in a digital society. Students must continue to be reminded that what they post online or send to each other can come back to haunt them. Encourage students to be careful when posting online, that comments and photos don’t go away, and that nothing is private. During the first semester of the 2014-15 school year, Gaggle Safety Management discovered and blocked 283,368 references of sex and 188,563 mentions of drugs in student email, text messages, discussion boards, email attachments and computer files.

Imagine, instead, if a college admission’s office or future employer found them. While teaching digital citizenship can go a long way to protect a student’s future, it’s also important that adults practice these same good habits. Security concerns should also be discussed. TeachThought - Learn better. Education - Real Stories. @coolcatteacher Blog - Teach with better results, lead with a positive impact and live with greater purpose.

How to Use the Google Drive iPad App to Create Student Portfolios. Keith Hughes Explains How to Make Flipped Classroom Videos. Blogging Tools and Services. 5 Blogging Tips to Maximize Pageviews Per Visit. Darren Rowse is at it again this month with 31 Days to Building a Better Blog. I have decided to participate with a post on a few tips to maximize your total pageviews per visit. Install the Related Posts Plugin. This plugin will allow you to display a list of related posts below each individual posts. For example, if you look below this post you will find the “related posts” showing up which gives readers another way to click through to more of your content.Utilize Deep Interlinking. Every post I make I try and somewhere within it link to another post, page, or article within my blog. Interlinking helps readers find related content to the topic they are currently viewing, as a result keeping them on your site longer.Feature Your Best Content Above the Fold.

I am constantly working at improving this, but basically the concept here is to show new readers your best stuff. These tips can be used with any blog regardless of your content. What the Heck is RSS? 31 Days to Building a Better Blog. The Daring Librarian. 7 Reasons Your Students should be Blogging in 2013. One of the best things about blogging in the classroom is that it is a cross-curricular activity that can be used to teach any subject and develop just about any skills, from reading and writing to math, geography and everything in between.

If you are still unsure about how blogging can benefit your students, here are seven reasons that might be able to persuade you as a teacher to get on board with blogging in the classroom this year. Blogging motivates students to read and write The best way to get students to read and write is to offer them things that they are interested in reading and writing about – things that relate to them and their peers. Blogging gives students not only an outlet for communicating their ideas and honing their writing skills at the same time, but it also provides them with a lot of content to read by connecting with students locally and from all around the world who might be interested in blogging about similar topics of interest.

Blogging is for everyone. How to Get a Classroom of Kids Blogging in Under 5 Minutes! is a service designed by teachers for teachers. They have made the process of creating and monitoring a class blog safe and efficient. Sign-ups are fast and simple, making it easy to co-ordinate a whole class of new students. At the same time, the blog’s privacy and security is protected by default. This makes life incredibly easy for the teacher, allowing you to get straight in to the fun bit of blogging! The primary differences between Kidblog and any other free blogging platform is the default class-only privacy level and the superbly easy way of bulk-adding user accounts for students without requiring email addresses and confirmation of invites. Anyone who has ever tried to set up a group-run blog can attest that it’s sometimes a little tricky to ensure the technophobes verify their invites.

Imagine doing that with a class-full of kids! Setting up a teacher account The teacher account is a straightforward sign-up: choose a password, add a few details and you’re in. Groups. Developing Blogging Skills: Simple Rubric. Posted by Mrs Kathleen Morris on Wednesday, November 28th 2012 I’ve been toying with the idea of creating a blogging scope and sequence for a while. However, something about that idea makes me uncomfortable. I don’t like the thought of limiting blogging skills to certain age levels. For example, a number of my grade two students were sourcing and attributing Creative Commons materials for blog posts, and using HTML in comments. These sorts of skills would probably not appear in the grade two section of any blogging scope and sequence. I find blogging to be a fantastic avenue for students to work at their own pace, while developing their skills as far as their capabilities and interests allow.

A number of teachers who are introducing blogging into their classrooms have asked me what they should teach their students next. Educational Blogging Rubric If you are having trouble viewing/downloading the rubric, you can access the PDF here K Morris Blogging Rubric November 2012. Kick Start Your Blogging. Skip to content Personal Blogging This series guides you step by step through the process of setting up your own personal or professional educator blog. Refer our class and student blogging series if you want to set up a class blog.

Each step provides examples of personal educator blogs so you can check out how they are used by other educators. You can work through the activities in any order and at any time. Sign Up For Free Powered by WordPress | Hosted by Edublogs | Protected by CloudFlare AddThis Sharing Sidebar Share to Facebook , Number of shares20 Share to TwitterShare to LinkedIn , Number of shares Share to EmailMore AddThis Share options , Number of shares24 Hide Show AddThis FollowShare Toggle Dock Share Close AddThisPrivacy. 10 reasons students should blog. Blogging in the primary classroom. Blogging With Students. Blogging for Learning. What Does Student Blogging Exactly Do? 6 Steps to Better Student Blogging. How to Create Successful Student Blogging - Taking it to A Deeper Level. Ten things I've learned from blogging.

8 Tips For Blogging With Students. Google. Tech 2. Edmodo. Blogging Resources. Ideas for Inspiring Students to Write. My List: A Collection on "Blogs" (blogging,blogs,blog) Blog4edu [licensed for non-commercial use only] / TeacherBlogResources. Newsworthy! Learning as a Digital Reporter for a Class News Site. Digital Journals: Getting Students to Blog, Research, and Curate. Introducing the Official Edublogs iPad and iPhone Apps! Edublog example. The Organized Classroom Blog. ZDNet Education. Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator. Edudemic - Education Technology Tips For Students And Teachers.

Teaching Blog Addict: Welcome to TBA! Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Wonderful Tool to Help Students Cite Internet Sources. Teachers Handbook on Creative Commons and Copyright. Research and Citation Tools for Students. How to Cite Images on Your Blog. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Internet Citation Checklist for Students. iPad Integration. Uploading user and blog avatar | Edublogs Help and Support.

Safe, secure, reliable and trusted by over a million users… -Edublogs. Curriculum Corner – Introduction to blogging -Edublogs. ▶ What is a blog? | Edublogs MediaCore Library. Tumblr in the Classroom by Julie Youngster on Prezi. Step 1: Set up your class blog. Create and Manage Student Blogs in 5 Simple Steps. HOW TO: Create a Group Tumblr Blog. Step 2 – Set Up Your Blogging Rules and Guidelines. Welcome to the School of You | teachem. Edublogs Teacher Challenges. Awesome Flowchart to Help You Select A Blogging Platform for Your Class.