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Creative Commons Infographic: Licenses Explained. Do you use images or photos? Do you check with the owner before saving or copying or using? Are you using Creative Commons (CC) images and think that it’s all OK because the image labelled as CC therefore you’ve done all your supposed to? Do you in fact understand what Creative Commons is?

If in doubt, before you go any further, watch this video: Creative Commons Explained . Right, so you understand CC now? Click to view full Infographic A photo or image placed under a Creative Commons license enables you, the ‘borrower’ to copy, distribute, and display the work providing the photo or image is correctly attributed to the owner.

According to the infographic: 10 Benefits of Using Images in Blogs. 353+ Blog Post Ideas to Inspire You » Savvy Sexy Social. How do I go about blogging? SmartBlogs. If there is one thing that social media in education has taught me, it is: Never answer for someone else’s need to know!

How do I go about blogging? SmartBlogs

In a world of discussions using tweets and posts, there is an audience for discussion on any level of experience on any given subject. The subjects that I deal with most often involve education, social media or social media in education. The posts and tweets I ponder the most are those that deal with the very basics of these subjects. How to Start A Blog. Blog Basics - Basics for Blogging. August 28th, 2012 I have two blogs and have spent years writing and developing them into successful websites.

Blog Basics - Basics for Blogging

A lot of my readers ask how I did it and I always think – go back to blog basics. Sometimes you get so caught up in the aesthetic or creative aspect of your blog that functionality plays second fiddle, making it difficult for you to retain readers! Once you settle on a clean, easy-on-the-eyes layout, implement these blog basics to cover all your bases. Check out my list of blog basics below and be sure to add your own ideas in the comments or tweet me @lorenridinger!

10 Basics Every Blog Needs to Have 1. It is no longer enough to do powerful work if no one sees it. Telling your story. Blogs as Reflective Writing Tools. Blogging is an activity which has exploded into the mainstream over the last seven or eight years.

Blogs as Reflective Writing Tools

Blogs are personal websites, but designed so as to provide a chronological list of posts, somewhat like a journal. They are used by politicians, professional journalists, political activists, policemen, taxi drivers, pupils and a wide range of people between, providing a broad patchwork of opinions and views on life, society and the world. Blogs are used increasingly in education, both as teaching tools and as learning tools. They are excellent tools for reflection. What is so special about blogging that sets it apart from what one might call ‘normal’ writing? Secondly, blogging provides one with ‘paid-up’ membership of an exciting world-wide, on-line community. 12 Things You Must Do After Writing a Blog Post. 9 unforgivable blogging offenses. Blogs provide an excellent platform to engage with customers.

9 unforgivable blogging offenses

WordPress blogs reach more than 70 million readers, and Tumblr blogs reach up to 39 million. With numbers like those, you can see how important a blog can be, both as an extension of a business site and as a stand-alone destination. But many bloggers make basic errors that lessen their blogs' effectiveness. Are you making the same errors? Review the following list of nine unforgivable blogging offenses to make sure you are not committing any of them. …and this is why teachers should have blogs. I have been a big advocate of blogging for teachers, but not until I started doing it myself.

…and this is why teachers should have blogs

Personally, I realized that the time I take to sit down and reflect on what I do, what I read, or what I observe has really helped my own path as an educator and an administrator. Sometimes, for my own clarification, I go back and read my own blog to look at what I have done and how I can continuously work on it to improve. This transparent way of learning is something that I believe can not only improve the teaching profession as a whole (for example, take a look at the conversation on this Pernille Ripp post from today), but is something that could really improve learning for our students. Dean Shareski talked about this in his article entitled, “How to Make Better Teachers“, and the one word he used for his answer was “blogging”. Dean pushes this concept and shares how blogging mirrors some of the same objectives of Professional Learning Communities: One of my favourite things is Pokemon.

The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Bloggers. Tips for Bloggers. I really like a recent blog post by Edna Sackson.

Tips for Bloggers

It was titled “10 Tips for Reticent Bloggers“. In the posting, she laid out some tips for people to become more successful in their blogging pursuits. I thought her list was bang on and would recommend the reading for anyone. The tips are equally as applicable for students as they are teachers. Disagreement. Reflections On Being A Blogger. Last week on #edchat the discussion turned to blogging and the importance (or maybe not) in and out of the classroom.

Reflections On Being A Blogger

As always the conversation was a lively one with lots of different ideas on student blogging, administrator blogging, platforms and more. (Check out the archive to read and follow all the discussions.) 5 reasons why you should consider blogging. Some argue that blogging is passé, but nothing could be further from the truth.

5 reasons why you should consider blogging

Available tools enable all of us to express ourselves, share our views and especially knowledge and experience with a much wider audience than ever before. 10 tips for (reticent) bloggers… A colleague who teaches writing, draws incredible poetry and prose out of her students.

10 tips for (reticent) bloggers…

Yet she has what she calls ‘writer’s blog’ (block) which prevents her from starting a blog. Another has just had an incredible learning experience and spent four hours organizing her thoughts and experiences by writing blog posts… despite not having a blog, as she feels uncertain whether others will be interested in what she writes. 5 free photo sites for your blog. If you are anything like most bloggers, you have a hard time finding quality, affordable photos you can legally post.

5 free photo sites for your blog

Well, fret no more! Here are five great websites with free — yes, you read that right — photos for you to add a little flair to your blog. Morguefile: This site is filled with amateur photos of anything you could ever want. Pizza? Check. PSA: Don’t Let Salami and Google Images Get You In Hot Water. This is a true story. Three years ago, an eleven-year-old blogger here on Edublogs wrote a post about his favorite lunch food – salami. As part of his post, he used Google Images to find a quick photo of salami that he then uploaded to his blog. Fast forward to now. Our Edublogs support team just received a lengthy cease and desist letter from a large law firm that represents the photographer of the salami photo.

The formal letter describes all sorts of legal problems for Edublogs and the author of the blog should we not immediately remove the photo in question. On Blogging: Finding Peace With the Pit. I haven’t gone all meta on my blogging in a while… There’s never a dearth of people I meet who come to the idea of blogging and feel that pit in their stomachs. “What would I blog about?” “Who would want to read what I write?” Or even, “I can’t write at all.” I try to assuage their fears by reminding them that they don’t have to write manifestos or tell stories of their personal lives. But what I don’t tell them is that even though I’ve been doing this blogging thing for 11 years, I still feel that pit more often than not. Most times, I’m able to push through it. So, yeah.