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Student Blogging Challenge - Connect and learn through blogging

Student Blogging Challenge - Connect and learn through blogging

Your Students Should Be Writing to Authors You work hard to make sure your students are passionate readers. You make sure high-quality books line the shelves of your classroom library, even when they cost more than your monthly paycheck. So when you see a student who seems to have fallen in love with an author, it kind of takes your breath away, right? Writers can change a person’s worldview. Social media is such a constant presence that it can be easier and quicker to just send a tweet to your favorite author or Instagram a photo of you with their book in hand. Recently I read a book put out by Candlewick Press called Journeys: Young Readers’ Letters to Authors Who Changed Their Lives. Here’s an excerpt from one letter sprung from The Lions of Little Rock: “Dear Kristin Levine, … I am black. Help your students connect to the writers that open up new spaces for them. Tell them their voice matters. Readers make up half the story. Explain that they might not get a reply. Don’t let this stop your students from writing.

Dana Sachs: 9 Rules of Email Etiquette Recently, I received an email from a young relative of mine that included an interesting query. He is a 2012 college graduate who has just moved to Washington, D.C., hoping to find a job in government. He wrote: "During this process, I have found some things that I need to improve and I think you might be able to help. First, in college I never learned the proper way to format an email. (When do I start a new paragraph? Emily Post said that "Manners are a sensitive awareness of the needs of others." 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Most of all, keep in mind Mrs.

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. 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. I wish I could take credit for the beginning idea of changing the way we use our library, but I can’t, it all started with @LorraineShimizu. As a new principal I was ready to move forward with our LC. So here is what I knew: I wanted to create a Learning Commons for ALL kids. Fundraising. Step One: Paint. Step Two: Order furniture and find temporary furniture.

A Busy Two Days « reflectionsonedtech August 14, 2012 by birdsallb We’ve completed two of three days of our “Becoming a Connected Educator” course at school.Working with these fascinating and smart friends, colleagues, and amazing teachers is so fun. I’m able to learn alongside them and marvel at the reflection and dialogue amongst the group. After two days the teachers are now on Twitter, using Hootsuite, have Diigo accounts and have joined and are sharing bookmarks to our Diigo group for the class. Today we used a Google Hangout to have a conversation with Peter Skillen (@peterskillen) and Brenda Sherry (@brendasherry). Our group checked out the #edchat at noon today. Later in the day we talked about blogging and especially blogging with students. Tomorrow we ponder the beginning of the school year and what being connected, to whatever extent we are at that point, looks like for us as educators and with our students. It’s going well. Image: Creative Commons/flickr by Frank2216 Like this:

Essay Writing Guide made by academic writers | EssayPro Table Of Contents What Is The Aim Of This Guide? Our goal is to orient you as quickly and appropriately as possible on how to write an essay. What Is The Purpose? This guide was created by our writers to teach people how to write various types of essays, regardless of the requirements. Generally, an essay can have many purposes, but despite all of these, the structure will remain the same no matter what. Follow these steps to write an essay, or visit EssayPro for additional help: Decide On Topic Choosing a good topic is important because your entire body of work will be based around it. Conduct A Research Gather and analyze information from external sources (documents, web articles, encyclopedias, etc.) for your essay. Develop a Thesis A thesis statement is a short statement, commonly one sentence, that defines the main idea or claim of an essay, research paper, etc. Create An Outline An outline is a way to organize and structure your essay in a proper way. Introduction Body Paragraph(s) Conclusion

C.R.A.P.:The Four Principles of Sound Design by Daniel Scocco This is a guest blog by Jacob Cass. Be sure to check out his $5000 prize giveaway. As a graphic designer, I could tell you if your website design is C.R.A.P. Not crap as in crap crap, but I mean C.R.A.P as in the underlying principles of good design. C.R.A.P stands for contrast, repeitition, alignment and proximity and these are the four principles of design that a blog design should adhere to. The Joshua Tree To get your head around the c.ra.p. principles let me tell you a true story aptly named The Joshua Tree from Robin Williams book, the Non Designers Type Book. Once upon a time, Robin received a tree identifying book where you could match a tree up with its name by looking at its picture. Now the Joshua tree is a really weird-looking tree and she looked at that picture and said to herself "Oh, we don’t have that kind of tree in Northern California. So she took the book and went outside. The moral of the story? The four basic principles 1. 2. 3. 4.

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. These tips can be used with any blog regardless of your content.

Dig Deeper Into Poetry With Close Reads Over the past few weeks my students have been studying the poetry genre. My third graders have truly loved reading and writing poems. They quickly anointed authors like Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky, who entertained them with hilarious prose, as their favorite poets of all time. I was thrilled that a few days into this unit students began arriving at school each morning with poetry books, pages bookmarked, asking if they could share a few poems with the class. Of course they could! While they were loving poetry and reading it voraciously, I realized my students were only just scratching the surface — looking for funny content without truly understanding a poem’s meaning or the poet’s message. Getting Started — Not Quite as Easy as I Thought My students are familiar with close-reading strategies. Trying to apply the close-reading strategies I use with fiction and nonfiction text to poetry was a lot like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Modeling On Their Own Success! Genia

Yet more blogs to check out I hadn’t checked the comments on the blogging challenge for a couple of days, but this morning there were 90 comments to check and approve. Many of the posts are included on this visit post, but a lot were from Mr Miller’s AVID students writing about their families and the forest – check them out in the sidebar of their class blog. When reading posts, I have noticed that the students from Tunisia are responding well to their mentor and are asking questions about how to do things on their blogs. They are also helping each other to solve those questions. Remember you can always check out the ‘Get Help’ section on my sidebar to find information from your blogging platform. If you are into anime especially Homestruck, Naruto or Ouran, then this blog is a must visit, another anime lover here, Interesting questions from grade 2 students, top jobs in grade 2, Earlier challenges: Jack, Ethan, Sophia, Carson, Parker, Blogs to visit as recommended by mentors: Nicky, Carley, Hope, Zoe needs coffee

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. 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. I have borrowed a couple of ideas from Kim Cofino’s Blogging Scope and Sequence (with permission), while incorporating many of the ideas I have developed through blogging with my students. Educational Blogging Rubric What would you add to the rubric? How could you use this document?

Scaffolds Critical Thinking and Enables Flipped Learning 1 reading tool for the whole school, customized by level and subject. College Readiness Self-directed Research Content-Area Literacy Social Studies, ELA, Foreign Language: Spanish, French, Gaelic, Arabic... Teacher Prof. Development Apply classroom learning to the real world. Build case studies together. Flip your class with 1 tool for both video and text. While great for reading, you can also Ponder any video you browse to on YouTube, Vimeo or Dropbox! Engage in sophisticated dialogue without the bottleneck of writing. Critical Thinking: Hoax Documentary :: Curriculum Assignment: In a team of 3 to 4, you will produce a 3 minute hoax documentary film in the style of an authentic educational film or training video. Avoid using interviews in your video. Steps: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

edmodo Challenge tips 1 Below are a few tips that will help the challenge to run more smoothly. 1. The main complaint I receive is about privacy settings and readers not being able to leave comments on posts. Edublogs or campus users – So that your visitors can leave comments easily, make sure your blog privacy is set to either: Allow search engines to index this site.Discourage search engines from indexing this site. Teachers you need to change your privacy as follows: Class blog – change privacy in Settings > Privacy (Edublogs Campus blog)Class blog- change privacy in Settings > Reading (Edublogs Pro blog)Student blogs attached to My Class – change privacy for student blogs using My Class > Settings. Students please discuss your blog privacy with your teacher if you are using a student blog. Blogger or blogspot users – Please make sure you have Name/URL as an option for visitors to use when leaving a comment. Kidblog users – Please make sure visitors can read and comment on posts without having to login. 2. 3. 4.