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Blogging with Students. Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 25 – You Have a Blog! Now What? Over the past few days we have spent time setting up a blogging site. Now it’s time to start writing! There are many reasons why educators use blogs in their professional learning. Today we will help you with a few prompts to consider how you can begin sharing, and some excellent examples of Ontario leaders who already blog and share. Some educators begin by sharing the great work happening in their school or district. TLDSB Superintendent Andrea Gillespie shares her impressions of an event in her board here. Other educators share the formal work being done in their schools and systems. New UGDSB vice-principal Brenda Sherry shares their work around making the School Improvement Plan a living document in their building.

Blogging is also a platform for curation. WRDSB Principal James Bond demonstrates how he curates and shares thinking with his writing here. Reflecting on our learning helps to make our thinking visible. Perhaps it takes a challenge to get your first blog post published! Blogging with Students: Interview with Greta Sandler. Posted by Shelly Terrell on Saturday, October 30th 2010 Interview 10 of Twittering for Education This past weekend I spent commenting on student blogs. I really believe in student blogging, because students own their learning, reflect and make connections about the knowledge they learn, and are motivated by their worldwide audience. I really admire the work of my friend Greta Sandler, @Gret, who has her fifth grade students from Argentina blog. I admire her because she was the first and is the only teacher at her school that has students blog. More Information Bio Greta Sandler is an ESL teacher. Watch Greta’s presentation at the Virtual Round Table E-Conference, Blogging with Students, and discover more resources about student blogging.

Previous Interviews Challenge: Ask Greta for help or support in getting your students to blog! Free Blog Basics Tutorial at GCFLearnFree. 5 Blog Platforms for Teachers Compared In One Chart. Maintaining a blog is my first suggestion whenever I am asked to give a recommendation for a good way to keep parents informed about what is happening in classrooms. The blog can be updated by teachers or by students and teachers. To help teachers decide which blogging platform could be best for them and their students, I created the following chart. The chart compares eight key elements of five common blogging platforms. You can download this chart as a PDF through this link or click here to see it as a Google Document. This is the eighth comparison chart in the series of PDFs that I have been creating in the hopes that they provide people with a quick way to select the best tools for them.

Learn through blogging - Sue Waters. I was asked to facilitate sessions on blogging for the Massive Open Online Course on Educational Technology (#ETMOOC). You can read more about connectivist MOOC’s and #ETMOOC here. I’ve written this post to help participants better understand the ideas I discussed in my session and to make it easier to access the resources I recommend. You’ll find the recordings to the session here: Complete list of archived ETMOOC Blackboard Collaborate SessionsIntroduction to Blogging – Jan 17 incl. Sue Wyatt, Peggy GeorgeIntroduction to Blogging (Director Cut) – repeat Jan 23 incl. Sue Wyatt, Alan Levine, Penny Bentley Introduction to blogging session was repeated and there are differences between the two versions. Purpose of this session My session was meant to be an Introduction to blogging. I’ve spent the week interacting with #ETMOOC participants through their blogs, Google+ community and through the ETMOOC Twitter hashtag to identify what they really needed to know.

Getting started blogging info 1. 2. Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog: How to Compose a Quality Comment! The fabulous Miss Wyatt, from The Student Blogging Challenge, asked if I would guest post about commenting. I ♥ commenting and am happy to contribute! Blogging has many parts: the post, the comments, and the sidebar. If you do a good job with all of the parts, your blog will be more interesting.

Today we will focus on quality comments! Content is key! Here is a video we made with tips to help you take your comments to the next level! How to Compose a Quality Comment! If Vimeo is blocked, here it is on YouTube. We like to open our comments with a greeting and end with a closing. Mrs. -For Advanced Bloggers- Some bloggers like to use HTML code to make their comments better. HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is a language.

To write HTML code, use the following symbols: Important: Do not add a space between the HTML tag and the word or sentence. 1. The sentence will look like this when published: Bloggers should always proofread a comment before publishing. 2. 3. The HTML code below: Challenge #4: 10 lessons from blogging everyday for a year (365:365) Source: When I set out to do the blog 365 challenge, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into. I’ve learned so much about myself, my profession, and my writing though this process. There were certainly times I wanted to give up, and there were other times that I wanted to keep going into year two. It is very ironic that during the times I wanted to give up, I would run into someone who mentioned my blog to me.

In addition, there were a few times that people would send me kind messages on Twitter, Voxer, Facebook and in the comment section. Here are my 10 lessons I learned from blogging everyday for a year: If you are committed, you can do anything. Thank you for all of your support on this project. Ideas for Classroom Blogs (2) Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 24 – Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Blog. Yesterday we looked at the options available for educators to begin a personal/professional blog for free. Today, we hope you will take ten minutes to actually begin creating your personal space for sharing and curating. We will guide you through the process of starting a blog at

The process is quite similar for other hosting sites, and all sites have extensive support available to walk you through the process of setting up your blog. Begin at Begin entering the information. Your username will appear when you make comments on other WordPress blogs, so consider carefully what you want that to be, and be sure that it is reflective of you (i.e., your real name or your Twitter handle are good options). Consider carefully the “blog address” as this is what you will use to drive readers to your site. Take a screenshot, or carefully record the set up information so that you will be able to log back into your site.

You are provided with a number of options. Blogging Presentation for Gates Foundation Convening. About this blogStudent bloggers | Student bloggers. Are you ready to start your blogging journey? This blog contains the basic skills needed for students learning to blog. They may have done some work with other teachers, but this is all about setting up their own blog, step by step. The best way to use this blog is to click on the “Getting Started” page in the header.

The posts will be linked there in order of completion. Once you have completed all the activities in this page, you might want to improve your blog by adding other widgets, using images, adding videos etc. To find out about these choose the “How to …“page in the header. You can also use the tags and recent posts in the sidebar of the blog. Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 1pm – 4.30pm I have the online classroom open, for students and teachers to come in and ask questions or get help with their blog. If using an ipad for the classroom you will need to download the Collaborate app first. To have your own personal blog, you need to do the following: 8TM's amazing blog. ART470. Blog Platforms Chart. Blog4edu [licensed for non-commercial use only] / TeacherBlogResources. English Language Teaching Blogging. Ask My Little Chubbies. Ember-quill asked: Have you tried / do you like, other styles of breads besides a french loaf? Raindropsanswers: askmlcblobs: wub wub wub old askmlcblobs appreciation post!

Unlike most chubbies, maud transports to her pony via rocks. Interview with Rai, Creator of My Little Chubbies I was recently interviewed by about my MLP based art work in the fandom, it’s for Women’s Appreciation Month as well! Thanks again for the wonderful interview!! Our flowers aren’t able to grow in the breezie’s home land, so when they’re able to fly through Equestria we try to have our visits. apologies on the slow updates!

Follow, Heart, Reblog, Crush: Teaching Writing with Tumblr. Adriana Valdez Young By taking a quick glance at my member profile, you might guess that Tumblr is an online dating site, but although Tumblr frames site activity in the language of admiration and courtship, it is, in fact, a fantastically simple microblogging platform that is extremely adaptable for a spectrum of personal and professional uses. Tumblr members create an account and then can host one or several short-form blogs known as Tumblelogs, each one with a unique URL. David Capece of Fast Company aptly typecasts Tumblr as a hybrid form of social networking, photo sharing and microblogging—something like a lovechild of Twitter, Flickr and Facebook. Much like Twitter, Tumblr facilitates the broadcasting of short bursts of information rather than the crafting of elaborate websites or lengthy diatribes.

Tumblr has a clean and clear system for uploading photos and videos, much like Flickr. Teaching with Tumblr: a talk at the EYEBEAM Open Research Group Teaching with Tumblr, Part 2. Parent Forms. Student Blogging Challenge | Challenge yourself to connect and learn through blogging. The best blogs: by subject | The view from the maths bunker. When colleagues find out about this blog there are two classic responses: - how on earth do you find the time? - what is the point? In answer to the first question, Alex Quigley’s recent blog highlights the importance of working around bad children’s TV: but I would also add that blogging can be a real time-saver. When I have needed ideas on a particular topic, resources for a department session or the latest on curriculum changes, a quick call-out via twitter has invariably given me a whole range of blog links.

[A recent blogger compared writing a blog without a twitter account to throwing a party and failing to send any invitations. To answer the second question, I thought it would be interesting for staff to have some time to explore recommended blogs in their own area. Please continue to recommend your favourite blogs in the Comments or via twitter to @HodTeacher . Essential Primary By Subject… Maths English Art Geography. Student blogging challenge iste12. Sue Wyatt. What you wanted to KNOW about blogging! As promised here’s my follow up post on general blogging questions asked during Richard Byrne and my ISTE Unplugged blogging session and in comments on my What Do You Want to KNOW about Blogging? Post. The aim of the post is to help educators and students with their personal blogging. For my responses to student blogging questions refer to What You Wanted To KNOW About Student Blogging. Want my blog to be well read and have a great appearance Here’s my thoughts including recommended widgets: Always put the most important widgets at the top of your blogSearch widget – top of blog or top of sidebarRSS feed using Feedburner – here’s how to add it to your blogSubscribe by email using Feedburner – here’s how to add Feeburner email subscription to your blogEffectively use both categories and tags on your post to make it easier to find posts – here’s the difference between categories and tagsPlace category widget above tag widget in your sidebarConsider all widgets you add very carefully. 1. 2.

Blog4edu [licensed for non-commercial use only] / Welcome to Blogs 4 Edu! Writing a blog can be a bit difficult at first, so we have gathered a community to encourage, support and inspire you through adding blog comments and sharing blogging challenges, projects, and communities. We will be supporting new education bloggers, student bloggers, new bloggers, and those who feel they need more support from their educator community.

Please add your encouragement to these communities by visiting our Facebook and Twitter (@Blog4Edu) accounts! Participate in these great projects: Find more great projects to participate in here! Each week we will feature a blog post and include a summary of why we enjoyed the post! Check out our featured posts: Read about the blog tip of the week here! Click on any of the tips to find out more! Sue Waters Blog. QuadBlogging.mp4. A Simple Yet Powerful Student Blogging Activity. One of the questions that often comes up in my workshops about blogging is, "what should I have the students write about? " There are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of possible answers to this question. The suggestion that I often make is to start with a simple reflection activity.

Set aside time in your Friday schedule to have your students sit down and write a short reflection on what they learned during the week. These reflections don’t have to be long, a few sentences will do in elementary school. Simply ask your students to share one thing they learned and one thing they still have questions about. To extend the activity have each student comment on at least one other student’s post. Students’ comments could be the answer to a question or a simple “thanks for reminding me about that.” Beyond the Class Blog: Creative and Practical Uses of Blogger for the ESL Classroom - Gerich - 2013 - TESOL Journal.

14 New Kidblog Features You’re Guaranteed to Love! | Kidblog. Kidblog is thrilled to announce a massive update! We’ve listened to our users and made the world’s best student-publishing platform even better with a plethora of new features for teachers and students. Here are the 14 features you’ll enjoy in the new version of Kidblog: Sign Up with Google - Have a Google account? Use it to sign up at Kidblog! Thanks for making Kidblog the world’s most popular student-blogging platform – please leave a comment below with any questions, feedback, or ideas for new features! Happy Blogging! -The Kidblog Team. Cational Blogging. Tips and Topics for Student Bloggers. BELTfree (BloggersELT) My List: A Collection on "Blogs" (blogging,blogs,blog) My List: A Collection on "Blogging with Students" (blogs,student,blogging) Globallearningneighborhood - Blogs and Wikis.

Blended Instruction with Blogs and Wikis for Young Learners | About a Teacher. #Co11 blended instruction with blogs and wikis for yl. #VRT10 – Presentation | About a Teacher. Blogging with Students. My List: A Collection on "Blogging with Students" (blogs,student,blogging) Government Class.