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QuadBlogging Connects Student Writers with Global Audiences

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. The idea is deceptively simple. Four teachers agree to have their students comment on each other's blogs in an organized fashion. Mitchell hatched the idea almost by chance with three other schools in the UK. Measurable Benefits Mitchell, deputy headmaster at Heathfield Community Primary School in Bolton, England, isn't exaggerating when he says blogging leads to better writing. Along with measurable results, Mitchell has gathered plenty of anecdotal evidence. Global Replication

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The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress (You might also be interested in The Best MATH Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress) I know “The Best…” list has a very awkward title, but I couldn’t think of a better one. In our Family Literacy Project we provide home computers and Internet access to immigrant families. Eighty percent of household members spend at least one hour each day (many spend considerably more time) on our website. Three of these seven hours each week need to be spent on one of several websites that act as sort of “virtual classrooms” — students and their family members enter them with a password and we can check online to see how much time they have spent on them.

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.

Learning How to Comment! Most of Mrs. Yollis' new students are novices to the world of blogging. (A novice is a fancy word for someone who is new or inexperienced at something.) A few students know about blogging because they had a first grade blog with Mrs. Levy. Two students are familiar with blogging because their siblings, Hannah and Miriam, were in Mrs.

What is QuadBlogging? About ETR Community EdTechReview (ETR) is a community of and for everyone involved in education technology to connect and collaborate both online and offline to discover, learn, utilize and share about the best ways technology can improve learning, teaching, and leading in the 21st century. EdTechReview spreads awareness on education technology and its role in 21st century education through best research and practices of using technology in education, and by facilitating events, training, professional development, and consultation in its adoption and implementation.

What is QuadBlogging? QuadBlogging™ is a leg up to an audience for your class/school blog. Over the last 12 months 100,000 pupils have been involved in QuadBlogging™ from 3000 classes in 40 countries. QuadBlogging™ has recently been praised by Ofsted for how Haworth Primary School has used it. See page 6 here. The concept is simple, either watch the short video to the right or keep reading… Classroom Timers - Fun Timers We've decided to put our new fun timers, and timers for classrooms into a nice sub-section. These are great timers for children, or maybe meetings, or anything really. They just add some extra fun to the usual countdown timers :-)

Classroom and Education Blogs - Classroom BlogPortal Classroom blogs Classroom BlogPortals can bring today's students into the world of web publishing at anytime and almost from anywhere. A class can have its own portal, where all students will have their own blog. It can motivate stronger students to help others and strengthen the interaction between students. They can also give students a platform to discuss topics covered in class outside of school. 21Classes helps you to aggregate your students' individual and independent blogs. Silvia Tolisano- Langwitches Blog Difference between social and academic commenting. You could create a blog for your young students, in order to allow them a safe online space where your young students can socialize and “practice” in an online environment. This type of blog fosters a virtual kind of classroom community that can spill over (positively or negatively)Â into the physical classroom as well.

Quad Blogging - lessons learned A couple of weeks ago we had our final Skype call this year with our quad blogging action research team to pull together the lessons learned from having 4 classes of students from schools around the world interact with each other using blogging. As teachers we were inquiring into the impact of using blogging as a tool to improve writing. The gut feeling from us all seems to be that quad blogging has led to a dramatic improvement in some students' writing - students have stepped up and put a lot more effort into their writing as a result of producing authentic blog posts for a specific audience. Does quad blogging take more time? For teachers who have been following along with our journey, who are perhaps thinking of getting involved in quad blogging themselves, one of the most common questions we've been asked has been about finding the time to fit the blogging in.

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