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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

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.

CristinaSkyBox Bethan's information professional blog 10 Free Blogging Tools I Can't Live Without Written by Susan Gunelius in I use a lot of free and paid tools to help me as a blogger, and today I’m going to share 10 of the free blogging tools I can’t live without. I had a hard time narrowing this list down to just 10 tools, but I think the following offers a diverse group of tools that every blogger should try. Of course, I also can’t live without Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and many, many more free tools, but the list below includes a more diverse selection than just the most well-known and expected tools that you’d normally find in this type of list. Note that this list is in no particular order. So without further ado, here they are — 10 free blogging tools I can’t live without (or at least, that I don’t want to live without): 1. I use a variety of sites to find free images that I can legally publish in my blog posts, and stock.xchng is one of my favorites. 2. Need to edit images for your blog? 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. What are your favorite free blogging tools?

theWebMind IntenseDebate comments enhance and encourage conversation on your blog or website 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...

50 Online Tools to Better Your Blog Creating a blog is only one part of the blogging equation; you absolutely have to manage and maintain your blog in order for it grow and become better, faster, and more successful. There used to be a time when trying to find helpful tools, get blog inspiration and update your blog was pain (No Pinterest, what?!) but now, thanks to the growth of the Internet and blogging community, you can find help and resources almost anywhere. From photo programs to blog design resources to social media tools, the list of helpful online programs is never ending. Assisting you with your blog and social media personality, IFB has rounded up 50 online tools that will help you better your blog and your brand: IFB (obviously): Your ultimate blogging resource with tips & insightsProblogger: Great outlet for content inspiration and tangible blogging adviceGoogle Analytics: Learn more about your site traffic and how to keep visitors on your sitePixlr.com: Don’t have Photoshop?

70+ Google Forms for the Classroom If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my weekly newsletter. Thanks for visiting! 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 Steve Kirkpatrick had this brainwave a while back so check out his excellent post for more information about setting up the spreadsheet. 4 ) Comprehension questions

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

Librarian Problems 22 Top Blogging Tools Loved by the Pros Do you blog? Looking for exciting new tools to simplify the blogging experience? If so, keep reading. We decided to get the scoop on today’s hottest blogging tools. We asked 22 pros to share their favorite new finds. #1: InboxQ Mitt Ray @MittRay A great blogging tool I discovered a few months ago is InboxQ. InboxQ lets you create campaigns with different keywords. You can work on these questions and come up with better blog topics in your area of specialty. When people type in questions with these keywords, I get an update. Use InboxQ to find the questions people are asking on Twitter. Mitt Ray, founder of Social Marketing Writing, author. #2: Content Idea Generator Rich Brooks @TheRichBrooks The Content Idea Generator (v2) is a Google Doc that will automatically find news and related stories for your blog from a variety of sources… everything from Google News to Reddit, from tweets to public Facebook updates and more. You can get started here. Rich Brooks, president of Flyte New Media. #3: Diigo

50 Essential Web Apps for Freelancers When you make the decision to go out on your own, you are faced with many choices. Should you work from home or rent a space? Bill hourly or by the job? Amidst all those decisions that have to be made, you also have to choose what tools you’re going to use to actually do your job. What’s a poor, green-behind-the-ears freelancer to do? We’ve broken down the apps into larger categories, highlighted the best or most interesting in each category, and included the best of the rest. Invoicing and Time Tracking First things first — you need to get paid. the Invoice Machine A beautifully designed application that focuses on simplicity, the Invoice Machine is one of the nicer invoicing tools available. Ballpark The better way to send invoices. Tempo Simple time tracking, powerful reporting. Financial/Accounting Once you start getting paid, you have to do something with the money. Mint Regardless, Mint is still one of the nicest tools to keep on top of your finances. Wesabe Your money. Geezeo Pulse Basecamp

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