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Six Tools To Create Interactive Learning Content On Your Blog - 12 views

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    High school teacher Roslyn Green explains how she creates interactive content using six free online tools: Flippity, H5P, Playbuzz, LearningApps, Quizizz, and Tinycards.
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10 Reasons Why I Want My Students to Blog - Getting Smart by Susan Lucille Davis - DigL... - 42 views

  • For my money (which usually means free), blogging provides the best venue for teaching student writing.
  • This emphasis on process encourages reflection and re-thinking, doubling back on earlier posts and feedback to watch how the process of learning unfolds.
  • Transparency requires being comfortable in your own skin; it requires being who you say you are; it requires a healthy openness and an equally healthy sense of privacy armed with a modicum of skepticism.
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  • Being truly Internet savvy in today’s world means learning how to be honest about who you are, professional in your dealings with others, and willing to learn openly from mistakes as well as from successes.
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    Davis (2012.10.22) supports her assertion, "For my money (which usually means free), blogging provides the best venue for teaching student writing" ( ¶1).
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Kidblog in Action! Classroom Q&A With Kindergarten Teacher Sharon Davison | Kidblog - 19 views

  • I use a variety of technologies that help to engage, enhance, and inspire children to want to pursue their ideas. I have found that once you are inspired to learn, you learn how to learn through your ideas about what you understand.
  • Developing Relationships/Making Connections. I have used Kidblog prior to kindergarten even starting! I set up an account each year and email directions on “How To” blog with a rationale about why, etc. My new students and their families begin in the summer before they begin kindergarten! They post photographs of things they are doing. Then others who are new also to kindergarten begin to post comments on their posts and introduce themselves! A lot of blogging has happened BEFORE we even begin kindergarten and BEFORE we meet face to face! One year one of my kindergarten students wrote, “Only 2 more sleeps until kindergarten.” This is so great! It reflects a beginning of an understanding about how blogging is used to communicate and meet new friends in a safe way.
  • Kidblog hasn’t changed how I approach the writing process, but rather it has helped me to showcase and enhance the writing that my students are doing. Through blogging, my students experience the same things they experience when writing on paper. They use inventive print, leave spaces in between their words, use periods to end their thoughts, and of course they check their sentences for meaning. This is HUGE. Young children are beginning to re- read and reflect about what they understand and THEN they are able to make changes/edit.
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  • Through blogging my students have lots of opportunities to share what they are doing inside and outside of kindergarten. This is important because it is through our discoveries and explorations that we are able to share, connect and collaborate with others. Through these connections my students are motivated to blog and share what they are blogging about. Just by sharing their blog independently on our SMARTboard my students make connections about what they see and hear. They all want to share their blog posts! It is very empowering to read your ideas and share your work when you have a safe and kind environment to do so. The children support each other and their ideas. Kidblog has been wonderful for supporting and creating a positive classroom culture. I have never had a student not want to share their blog. How great is this? It helps build self-esteem too!
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    Wonderful examples and clarity of purpose that his teacher is able to communicate.
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How to set up a classroom blog: 10 Essential Steps | The official blog of PikiFriends - 39 views

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    "What you do before you start blogging is arguably the most important time of all" (¶3)..
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Protecting Student Privacy Without Going FERPANUTS - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of High... - 11 views

  • Most students don't care about FERPA - stuffy administrators do. If students cared in the slightest none of them would have Facebook accounts. Have them sign a FERPA waiver and get back to work! If they don't want to waive then provide alternate ways to earn credit.
  • I think it is really important to keep the spaces where we learn private. Students need to ability to test out ideas within a safe environment that is protected from outside search engines. We need an opportunity to test ideas and fail without a future prospective employer able to access student work. Materials that are public in the digital world lose their contextual basis and therefore can be misinterpreted at a later time.  Therefore, if I have students post and reflect, I do it all within the confines of a password protected website. Password protection is not perfect but at least it is an honest step at protecting a student's right to be a student.
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    I tend to agree with James here, but keupher also has a point worth considering. Teach students to be wise and safe in public, or keep things "safe" and private??
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Seth Godin on social networking. - YouTube - 14 views

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    Great video spot on creating a purposeful and valuable network... not just one with  big head count.
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Create a Google Map from a Spreadsheet | Zadling - 33 views

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    This tutorial by Zachary Zawarski explains "how to create a map with custom locations that you can publish on your website" (¶1). "The greatest benefit of this tool is that current entries can be edited and new entries can be added to the map through the Google spreadsheet without having to update the map's code..." (¶2, retrieved 2011.09.07). Thanks to Denise Krebs for pointing it out, and demonstrating how to do it in a recorded RSCON3 session (Elluminate recording entitled: Where in the world? Or, adding a directory map using a spreadsheet to your wiki.  For more info., please see her blog posts: http://mrsdkrebs.edublogs.org/2011/07/28/posting-a-directory-map-at-rscon3/ http://mrsdkrebs.edublogs.org/2011/08/06/mapping-our-connections-my-rscon3-session/
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Dear parents… « Danielle's blog - 17 views

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    A letter/blog post to parents on why a teacher blogs...
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Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter - NYTimes.com - 10 views

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    The gist of this is that blogging takes 2 much time & thought... with the younger more interested in quick soundbytes and informal social interaction
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