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"In terms of young children developing as writers this is the most interesting development in the last 20 years." Pie Corbett

"In terms of young children developing as writers this is the most interesting development in the last 20 years." Pie Corbett
QuadBlogging News I am really pleased to announce that QuadBlogging is undergoing a HUGE makeover both in appearance and behind the scenes. QuadBlogging 2014 is now live at for you to register. QuadBlogging will no longer run for set cycles. It will be up to each Quad to run for as long as participants wish allowing people to register whenever they want for a new Quad. QuadBlogging registration will initially run from Sunday 12th January with Quads being launched on Friday 24th January from the BETT Show in London.

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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:

Library Of Congress Unveils Massive Common Core Resource Center The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is here and teachers are trying to figure out how to best integrate it into their tried-and-true lessons. They’re struggling to integrate technology to best augment CCSS. They are in desperate need of classroom materials that they can trust. Like a superhero, the U.S. Library of Congress has just swooped in and unveiled an enormous new (and free!) resource that’s all about the Common Core. Five Sentence ChallengeFive Sentence Challenge The 100 WC prompt is published on Sundays. The 5SC prompt is posted every two weeks on Thursday evenings. Children write their pieces in class These are posted to the class blog The URL of the POST (not the blog URL) is linked to the for that prompt. Please make sure you link to the right prompt! Please watch this video put together for us by Dominc Hughes showing you how to link your posts:

QuadBlogging Connects Student Writers with Global Audiences A blog without an audience is like...a library without books, a car without an engine, Beyonce without a ring. Those were some of the responses David Mitchell (@DeputyMitchell) got when he asked his Twitter followers to fill in the blank. "We all understand the importance of audience," says Mitchell, an educator from the United Kingdom and vocal proponent of using blogs to engage student writers. His latest strategy to connect students with readers around the world is the online phenomenon known as QuadBlogging. Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk "What makes me enjoy talking the most," explains Milo, a Year 3 student, "is that everybody’s listened to you, and you’re part of the world, and you feel respected and important." Oracy -- the ability to speak well -- is a core pedagogy at School 21, a London-based public school. "Speaking is a huge priority," stresses Amy Gaunt, a Year 3 teacher. "It's one of the biggest indicators of success later in life. It's important in terms of their employability as they get older.

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 Steps to Becoming and Educator-Curator When I recently presented a workshop on Digital Tools for Content Curation I spent very little time discussing how to go about actually becoming a curator. Being a hands-on, roll your sleeves up and get stuck in kinda session we went straight for the toys. However, I would highly recommend this excellent presentation on Educators as Curators from Corinne Weisgerber and Shannan Butler, St Edwards University in the US.

Google Lit Trips for Young Readers Where in the world will our youngest readers travel as they discover the world of books! Reading About Reading Kind Words 10 free blogging tools for teachers Well it's high time I got this blog moving again and I'm grateful to Karen Schweitzer education writer and author for sending in this guest post to get me started. Here she presents 10 great tools ranging from the basics for getting your blog started to some really interesting tools for getting your blog noticed. Thanks Karen. Teachers who are interested in starting their own blogs or creating and managing student blogs, can find a number of helpful tools online. There are free blogging platforms made specifically for educators, virtual classrooms for students, and tools to help make other people more aware of your blogging efforts.

AZk12 - Professional Development for Educators What is the Arizona Technology Integration Matrix? The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, collaborative, constructive, authentic, and goal directed (Jonassen, Howland, Moore, & Marra, 2003). The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments.

An absolute great idea for student blogs- show them that their posts are read! by kbpc172 Dec 30

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