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20+ Essential Tools and Applications For Bloggers

20+ Essential Tools and Applications For Bloggers
Blogging can be quite a process. First you may have to do some research, then put your thoughts together, and of course add any necessary screenshots and images. Let’s not forget the optimization part (SEO, keywords, etc) and sharing your content on the Web so that others will read it and hopefully share it. With all of these steps involved, blogging can be quite time-consuming and many bloggers get burnt out rather quickly doing these things on a daily basis. Lucky for us, the process doesn’t have to be so difficult anymore. Thanks to the Web and technology, there are hundreds of tools out there to assist your blogging process and make it less of a headache. Save Ideas for Later Tools that let you save items for later use are great time savers because you can save Web pages, images and files as you’re reading or browsing. Read-it-Later With this tool you can save Web pages to your Read-it-Later list to be read at a later time. Evernote Springpad Catch Trail-Mix Diigo Blog Editors BlogJet Qumana Related:  library blogs

CristinaSkyBox 26 Keys to Student Engagement My Joyful Jubilant Learning, colleague, David Zinger recently started an Employee Engagement alphabet. Engagement is such a hot topic in education, I thought this was a great idea for educators to follow the lead. So, here it goes: 26 Keys to Student Engagement. Authenticity: We hear it all the time, "Why do we need to know this stuff? When will I ever use this?" Brain: The brain is intimately involved in and connected with everything educators and students do at school. Collaborative: Collaborating with others in solving problems or mastering difficult materials prepares students to deal with the messy, unscripted problems they will encounter in life. Disengagement: Students are sometimes labeled as lazy, unmotivated, off-task, and disrespectful. Environment: Just as architects create the environments in which we live and work, we teachers create the place and space that become home to learning. Feedback: Feedback is a powerful force. Relationships: To grow ‘em you must know ‘em. You.

The Why and How of Using Facebook For Educators – No Need to be Friends At All! If you are one of those out there that believe that Facebook has no place in the classroom, then, well maybe this post isn’t for you. But please first take a look at just a few reasons why you should reconsider: The fact is, the majority of your students and their parents are probably already on FacebookEven when schools have a policy against being “friends” online, there are tools you can use that won’t violate policyDespite what you may hear, there are strong privacy options that you can set up so only those that you want can access your informationWe have an obligation as educators to model appropriate online behavior and learn right along our students From Where do we begin? Just today, Facebook released their own sponsored Facebook For Educators guide, but we found that there really wasn’t enough “how-to” in this guide to make it worth it. FacebookForEducators.org Should we be “friends” with students? 1. 2. 3. 4.

IntenseDebate comments enhance and encourage conversation on your blog or website Bethan's information professional blog prezi In my last blog post, I tried to explain what Prezi actually is and how it should be (or shouldn't be) compared to PowerPoint. In this post, I will try to explain some of the basics of using Prezi. Signing up: The sign-up process is pretty easy. All you have to do is to decide which license you need. Prezi offers three licenses: Public, Enjoy and Pro. The Public license is free. After you have received your confirmation e-mail, you can log on to the site and start creating your own Prezis. First steps: After clicking the "New Prezi" button you will be asked to give a title for your presentation. The Editing "Canvas": Now you are at the editing area of your Prezi. After this point, you will start creating your presentation. Click here to continue reading Part 3

theWebMind Airplane Hotel Les designers de Costa Verde ont voulu créer un lieu alternatif en reprenant un avion Boeing 727, et en faisant un hôtel dans un arbre. Doté d’un intérieur en bois et d’une vue splendide, cette résidence unique au Costa Rica se distingue des autres hôtels. Plus de visuels dans la suite. 10 Ideas for Class Blog Posts Class blogging is becoming ever more popular as a fantastic way of encouraging young people to write with a purpose, for a real audience and receive genuine feedback. At its best it’s assessment for learning in action. So what’s not to love? Well, although it’s really simple to set up your class blog, sometimes it can be a bit hard to think what to get your class to blog about. Diary Style Blogging Asking students to write about what they did at the weekend or a favourite memory from the last school holidays can be a great stimulus for individual writing. Fictional Diary Style Blogging Once pupils are comfortable with writing diary entries about their own experiences, why not mix things up a little bit by asking them to write a diary entry from the point of view of e.g a famous historical character you’ve been learning about, or a character from a book? Collaborative Story Telling Work Showcase Heroes Something Kind Dream Journal What I want to be when I grow up Reviews

New Librarians Symposium (or NLS6) | librararianville I recently attended the New Librarians Symposium, thanks to my workplace who funded the whole trip. Here is the blog post I had to write about my experience for my workplace blog: I was lucky enough to attend the New Librarians Symposium from the 9th – 11th of February. Yes, it ran on a Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday, but it didn’t matter, it was great! This was my first library conference, and what a great start to my conference attending career. The Saturday afternoon was taken up by a workshop called: ‘Designing the Future Vision of Librarians’, run by Zaana Howard (a librarian) and Sarah Drummond (the found and designer of Snook). This is what happens when librarians brainstorm The Sunday and Monday were the official days of the conference and they were full of excellent keynote speakers and mini sessions. For a conference that is often referred to as a ‘baby’ conference I was pleasantly surprised at the calibre of the keynote speakers. Like this: Like Loading...

10 reasons to get educators blogging 5 reasons educators should start reading blogs: 1) - Blogs are the heart of learning and sharing... If you are an idea and inspiration junkie like myself, then you will find blogs to be extremely beneficial. Educators of all ages and backgrounds are bringing their ideas, reflections and experiences to one convenient location; their blog. 2) - Blogs are real world and real time experiences... When educators write a new blog post I can say with almost 100% certainty that they are writing about something that has happened recently. 3) - Blogs will make you reflect on your educational practices... As you begin reading educator blogs you will instinctively start to reflect upon your educational practices and beliefs. 4) - Blogs give you the opportunity to connect and collaborate with educators from all around the world... One thing most educators don't have the time for during the course of a normal work day is sharing and collaboration. 5 reasons educators should have their own blogs:

70+ Google Forms for the Classroom Google Forms is a great tool for the classroom and this post from 2008 has always proven popular on my blog. I hope you continue to be inspired by the ideas here. I have created example forms for each of the different topics, follow the links in each of the ten sections. 1 ) Get to know your class Use this form to gather some indication from your new class about their likes and dislikes, their favourite lessons or after school clubs they enjoy. 2 ) Emotion graph An emotion graph is a simple line graph comparing a range of happiness to sadness against different points (time) in a story or film. Use a Google Form to gather the children’s responses to different parts of any type of linear narrative, written or visual. 3 ) Spelling test For your weekly spelling test use simple 1-10 or 1-20 numbered form (with a name question too of course) and ask the children to type in their answers as you read out the list of words. 4 ) Comprehension questions 5 ) Weekly reading record 6 ) Maths data handling

100+ Sites to Download All Sorts of Things These days you can find all sorts of things online, from audio books to flash files, from sound effects to CSS templates. Below we compiled a list with over 100 download sites that serve that purpose. We will also try to keep the list updated, so if your favorite download site is not here, let us know about it with a comment. Audio Books Librivox: One of the most popular audio libraries on the web. Podiobooks: Similar to podcast, Podiobooks are serialized audiobooks that are distributed through RSS feeds. Oculture (Audio & Podcast): Offers a rich array of educational and cultural media. Learn Out Loud: A one-stop destination for video and audio learning resources. BitTorrent The Pirate Bay: The web’s largest collection of bit torrent trackers. Mininova.org : What started as an alternative to the now defunct Supernova that went offline in 2004, Mininova has become the biggest torrent search engine and directory on the web. Books and Documents eBooks Ebookee: A free book search engine. Clipart

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