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Mathieu Plourde

Why Write Blog Posts Consistently? - 1 views

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    "blogs with more frequent posts tend to receive more traffic than blogs that post once a month, as new content brings in new page views, but in this case the goal isn't necessarily to bring in hoards of traffic, it's to get your readers used to coming to your blog. It's to create a posting schedule people who follow your blog can remember, so that they know when to expect your next post. "
Mathieu Plourde

5 Reasons Your Students Should Blog - 0 views

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    "we have decided to use a blogging platform (Edublogs)  for student portfolios, as it can be used both as a "learning portfolio" (here is what I am learning right now) and a "showcase portfolio" (here is my best stuff).  Through my own experience both blogging, and using my blog as a portfolio, I have seen some powerful benefits of blogging that would directly benefit our students."
Mathieu Plourde

10 Reasons Why I Want My Students to Blog - 1 views

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    "First of all, blogging is writing, 21st-century style, plain and simple. blogging constitutes a massive genre.  It comes in many forms, addresses myriad topics, and can certainly range in quality. For my money (which usually means free), blogging provides the best venue for teaching student writing. As bloggers, young people develop crucial skills with language, tone their critical thinking muscles, and come to understand their relationship to the world."
Mathieu Plourde

Live From Small Town America: Teachers Who Blog To Stay In Touch - 0 views

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    "Hagan writes her own very successful blog, Math = Love, part of the Math Twitter blogosphere, on which she says she has met wonderful friends - and her boyfriend. She says she never expected her own blog to get almost 3 million page views. It's a combination of project ideas and very cute "Things Teenagers Say." (Sample: "I'll be here all week with the pi jokes. I'm like a baker.") After learning so much from blogs herself, Hagan says, "I felt like I should give something back to the community I'd been stealing ideas from." But for her, it's about more than just exchanging ideas: "It reminds me that I'm not alone.""
Mathieu Plourde

Learning To Learn: Why should I blog while learning? - 1 views

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    "I am trying to answer this question that Learning Program Designers ask me, when I propose that we can include blogging as an activity for learners in their program design: 'Why should we invest time in convincing a learner to blog?'."
Mathieu Plourde

Quad-blogging: Promoting Peer-to- Peer Learning in a MOOC - 0 views

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    "We present the concept of quad-blogging, and its potential for facilitating and enhancing peer-to-peer learning in higher education, specifically in a massive open online course (MOOC) by increasing peer engagement, promoting the practice of blogging and fostering the formation of professional learning networks through social media."
Mathieu Plourde

My Personal Learning Network - 0 views

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    I have selected to expand my own Personal Learning Network by continuing my blog and following other educator's blogs as well. I also am going to start using my Twitter account for networking with fellow colleagues. The great advantage of using Twitter and a blog will be my ability to collaborate and communicate with teachers all over the world. I am also in the process of learning more about Ning and how I can use that to expand my current PLN.
Mathieu Plourde

Bringing Google+ Comments to Blogger - 0 views

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    "Reading and responding to comments can be one of the most rewarding aspects of blogging. Not only do they help you connect with your readers, they can also inspire later blog entries. The challenge, oftentimes, is following all the conversations around your content-on Google+, for instance, as well as on your website. So we're making things a lot simpler. Starting today, you can bring Google+ Comments to your blogger blog. Once you've enabled the feature through your blogger Dashboard, you'll enjoy a number of important benefits:"
Mathieu Plourde

The legitimacy and usefulness of academic blogging will shape how intellectualism develops - 0 views

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    "With this poorly articulated rationale in mind, I present first, some pros and cons to citing blogs within formal academic writing. Next, I put forth three main sub-questions that I think will help us-and by "us" I mean myself and the readers who grapple with the ethical and professional questions of rigor in standards of academic sourcing-organize our thoughts. "
Mathieu Plourde

Why Students Should Blog in Public - 0 views

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    "There are many answers to that question, but here is one: Public edu-blogging is an essential element of digital age education, because a student blog acts as a launch pad for developing and leveraging student connectivity, reflexivity, and personal learning networks."
Mathieu Plourde

What's a Blog Post Worth? - 0 views

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    Which ultimately does more good-an article or monograph that is read by 20 or 30 people in a very narrow field, or a blog post on a topic of interest to many (such as grading standards or tenure requirements) that is read by 200,000? What if the post spurs hundreds of comments, is debated publicly in faculty lounges and classrooms, and gets picked up by newspapers and Web sites across the country-in other words, it helps to shape the national debate over some hot-button issue? What is it worth then?
Mathieu Plourde

Why do academics blog? It's not for public outreach, research shows - 0 views

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    "After conducting this small study we have come to think about academic blogging in two ways. Firstly, many bloggers are talking together in a kind of giant, global virtual common room. Over at one table there is a lively, even angry, conversation about working conditions in academia in different parts of the world. In a different corner another group are discussing their latest research projects and finding common themes. Another table houses a group of senior and early career academics discussing how to land a book contract and write a good CV. There is also a meeting going on about public policy, and this involves a number of public and third sector people, as well as academics, who work in the area."
Mathieu Plourde

If you didn't blog it, it didn't happen. - 1 views

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    As I'm reflecting on the #eci831 experience and actually thinking about something like a grade for my participation, I realize that I may not have been as good a student as I thought. Not that I didn't do a lot of wandering around the interwebs, connecting myself, exploring spaces of education, learning about digital learning theories, examining how others were using these theories, and determining what, of all of this, would be useful to me and to the analogue educators I am closest with. I certainly did that, but I didn't capture all that here. Why is that a problem? Because if you didn't blog it, it didn't happen.
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    This must be the educator in you talking. Metacognitively speaking => the ability to discuss what you have learned is one of the great opportunities of the web 2.0. And a great way to reinforce your learning, so this idea of "if you didn't blog it, it didn't happen" is an interesting idea for educators. I have a link to post about this.
Mathieu Plourde

SMARTeKIDS Blog - 2 views

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    This is for a K-12 educator. Please comment on these kids' blogs. They are elementary to middle school age, so please keep that in mind.
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    Hi, This site is great for creating blogs for kids-really user friendly or is that I just got use to WordPress. -:) http://scratchprogramming.wikispaces.com/Weebly+Tutorial I am going to share it with some of my colleagues.
Mathieu Plourde

How Blogging Helped Me Write My Dissertation - 1 views

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    For more than two years, I have been writing blog posts on a weekly basis for the Foreign Policy Association. More than anything, what that experience has offered me is one of the greatest tools that graduate students need to complete a dissertation: confidence in their writing.
Mathieu Plourde

Ripping out my soul for your entertainment... examining my first year of blogging. - 0 views

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    "Instead of the parade you anticipated, you get the gift of FINALLY grasping the idiocy of your undertaking. You finally understand that there are roughly one billion other blogs.  And that the chances of yours being special is so microscopic as to be nonexistent. So now you have two choices: 1. You can accept defeat and go spend time with your family. 2. You can commit yourself to self-delusion. Lucky for me, I've been training in self-delusion all my life."
Mathieu Plourde

15 Experts Share their Worst Blogging Advice Ever - 0 views

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    "I went out there and asked some experts: What is the WORST blogging advice you have ever heard or read? And more importantly WHY? Because there is a lot of common wisdom out there that is:  just not true. or does not work how you would expect or not for everyone. So without further ado, here are the experts telling you how it really is!"
Mathieu Plourde

Blogging vs Threaded Discussions in Online Courses - 1 views

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    "Instructors of online courses must create a learning environment that differentiates student discussion. But specifically, teachers must incorporate use of student blogging in an online course structure."
Mathieu Plourde

Textbook Publisher Pearson Takes Down 1.5 Million Teacher And Student Blogs With A Single DMCA Notice - 0 views

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    "Textbook publisher Pearson set off an unfortunate chain of events with a takedown notice issued aimed at a copy of Beck's Hoplessness Scale posted by a teacher on one of Edublogs' websites (You may recall Pearson from such other related copyright nonsense as The $180 Art Book With No Pictures and No Free Textbooks Ever!). The end result? Nearly 1.5 million teacher and student blogs taken offline by Edublogs' host, ServerBeach."
Mathieu Plourde

Teaching with MOOCs: Four Cases - 2 views

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    "Last month in a blog post titled "Better Than a Textbook?", I noted that some faculty find it easier to think about the massive open online courses (MOOCs) provided by vendors like Coursera as "super-textbooks" than as actual courses. Earlier this month, Vanderbilt computer science professor Doug Fisher wrote a guest post for the blog ProfHacker titled "Warming up to MOOCs," in which he described his experiments in using MOOCs in this fashion."
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