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50 Alternative and Unique Ways to Using WordPress - tomakeawebsite.net

50 Alternative and Unique Ways to Using WordPress - tomakeawebsite.net | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
WordPress is the most popular Content Management System (CMS), representing a whooping 69% of the market. Whether you want a basic blog, e-commerce website, or site for your Business, WordPress has you covered. So why is WordPress so popular? Well there are many reasons why people turn to WordPress for their website/blogging needs, here are …
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I've used about a half-dozen of the suggestions in this interesting (if somewhat padded) list of ways to use WordPress.  I confess, I think of it primarily as a Blog platform. This article could stretch your thinking a bit on how blog platforms can do multiple duty.

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5 Ways For Teachers To Use Tumblr In Their Classroom - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

5 Ways For Teachers To Use Tumblr In Their Classroom - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Tumblr is one of the newer social media apps that allow free sharing of digital media over the web. It is a social channel that has not been left isolated by the educators, as more and more teachers turn to utilizing methods of using this app in their classrooms.


If you are a teacher and want to take advantage of this app, here are a few ways in which you can use Tumblr to bring a whole new life to your classroom:

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Tumblr is a popular and easy to use blogging platform. This article points out some ways to use Tumblr that you might not immediately think of. 

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Jo Blannin - The Know Tech Teacher's curator insight, September 11, 2014 10:21 PM

This great article shows how we can use Tumblr in our classrooms. I love the suggestion of a quick and easy website or hosting an online debate. They also point out that we need to protect kids online, but they need experience to learn how to do this - Tumblr could be a good way to do this :0)


Do you use Tumblr?

I have an account but don't check it much...maybe I should be?

Any tips or advice for me?

NancyEvans@ATS-LU's curator insight, September 12, 2014 10:01 AM

Tumblr is an easy to use blogging format which emphasizes visuals.  

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How Blogging Can Help Reluctant Writers - Edudemic

How Blogging Can Help Reluctant Writers - Edudemic | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Blogging is an excellent way of motivating students to develop a lifelong love of learning. Writing is a process, and when they learn this they will be able to apply the skills to other aspects of their schooling.
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Dean J. Fusto's curator insight, September 10, 2013 9:27 PM

An article on the use of blogging to motivate students to write. 

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Brian Romero Smith's curator insight, September 11, 2013 10:49 AM

Reflection is vital for students in IB programs, blogging provides that platform for them to be open with themselves about what they are learning and how it impacts them as individuals. 

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A Must-Have Guide To Becoming A Better Blogger - Edudemic

A Must-Have Guide To Becoming A Better Blogger - Edudemic | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
These various infographics, charts, and visual guides should help you turn yourself into a better blogger in no time.

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Sharon Murdoch's comment, July 13, 2013 8:19 AM
I've used Kidblog with my middle school students, and wouldn't hesitate to use it with younger students as well.
WhizGuide's curator insight, July 17, 2013 6:15 AM

It is important to spend about the same amount of time creating the content to share the article on social media as well.This is very important.

Alison Rostetter's curator insight, July 19, 2013 7:07 AM

one day, I'll find time to look at all this.  But not today!

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Student Blogging Resources

Student Blogging Resources | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

I love that I get asked a lot about student blogging because it is something I am passionate about.  I often find myself sharing various posts, letters, and lessons that I have created, which means I have to find them first.  So to make my life easier, and perhaps even yours, here are my best resources on the why, the how, and the do on student blogging. 

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Good advice for anyone who wants to promote blogging for there classrooms. 

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20 e-Learning Blogs You Should Be Reading

20 e-Learning Blogs You Should Be Reading | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Discover the top e-Learning tips, trends, ideas and more from these 20 fantastic e-Learning blogs. These blogs have countless great tips to use as you develop in Lectora® e-Learning softwareand are sure to spark some great ideas:
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There'sa strong instructional design theme in the blogs listed here. 

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

QuadBlogging | "In terms of young children developing as writers this is the most interesting development in the last 20 years." Pie Corbett | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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.


A Blog needs an audience to keep it alive for your learners. Too often blogs wither away leaving the learners frustrated and bored. Quadblogging gives your blog a truly authentic and global audience that will visit your blog, leave comments and return on a cycle.

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How to Integrate Moodle and Wordpress

How to Integrate Moodle and Wordpress | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Juliana Payson shows how to integrate Moodle and WordPress for a better online learning experience.


The WordPress site is also where students can exchange information on their projects via blog and share videos, while the Moodle site is where Professor Stern holds online course discussions, collects her student’s final submissions, and distributes her reading homework. The Professor has also set up “blog collectives” in which students are required to comment on those of other students in the same collective. By doing so, she hopes, she will encourage her students to read one another’s work and thus benefit from mutual learning. And some of the blogs are “dual purpose”—one part in which the student writes a response that integrates the screenings and the readings of the question, and a second part in which “anything goes”—that is, as long as the student makes one post a week by Sunday at midnight (and he also has to have determined at the beginning what he is going to post about).

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Top 47 eLearning & Workplace Learning Blogs | Upside Learning Blog

Top 47 eLearning & Workplace Learning Blogs | Upside Learning Blog | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Note: This post has been edited to include some more eLearning and Workplace Learning blogs to the original list and now features 74 blogs in all.
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Use Glogster & Screencasts to Maximize Student Presentations

Use Glogster & Screencasts to Maximize Student Presentations | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

One way to efficiently share presentations is to have students use screencasting tools to record and narrate their presentations, then publish those presentations in one place, like a Glog. This allows students to use class time to interact with the presentations...


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Jennifer Kleiner's curator insight, March 7, 1:06 PM

Glogster is a great, engaging way to enhance presentation skills. It's "poster-like" nature forces users to be concise in the amount of text on their Glogster, allows viewers to learn visually and is a very constructivist tool.

Kristie's curator insight, March 8, 12:04 PM

A way for students to create presentations and share with their peers.

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15 Awesome Ways To Use Blogs in Your Classrooms

15 Awesome Ways To Use Blogs in Your Classrooms | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Ever thought of using a blog to enhance your classroom? Here are 15 examples that come out of just ONE of the 100's of digital teacher workbooks inside of our Teacher Learning Community.


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Katie Frank's curator insight, February 10, 2013 11:10 AM

My own classes just started their own Book Blog on Kidblog.  I'm inviting students to create blogs too: so far, ideas range from Favorite Passages, Riddle/Brainteasers, Science & Math Breakthroughs... We JUST got started!

Here's it is: http://kidblog.org/MsFranksClass-4/

Katie Frank's curator insight, February 10, 2013 11:13 AM

We JUST started a Book Blog in my classes.  We're using Kidblog, so all students can start their own blog, if they want to.  I have invited students to start their own blogs, and some ideas include: Favorite Passages, Riddles/Brainteasers, Science & Math Breakthroughs.

We JUST started, but here it is: http://kidblog.org/MsFranksClass-4/

Jan MacWatters's curator insight, February 16, 2013 12:37 PM

Thanks for sharing.

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E-Learning Certificate Blog: Nominated, Care to Vote?

E-Learning Certificate Blog: Nominated, Care to Vote? | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

I started the E-Learning Graduate Certificate Blog in early 2009.  Honestly, I had to check, it seemed like just a few months ago, but it's been about two years.


I work to create value with articles about online teaching and learning.  I also include links to information about my program at UW-Stout, The E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate. 


It's nice to have the work noticed.  I want to push this out to everyone in my network and ask that you give me a click (if you are so inclined).  Cheers! ~ Dennis

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Why Great Teachers Blog (and How You Can Get Started)

Why Great Teachers Blog (and How You Can Get Started) | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
For great educators, teaching is a calling more than an occupation. That’s why educators spend so much of their time not only teaching in and beyond the classroom, but also constantly learning themselves, exploring every avenue that can make them more effective (like using Twitter for professional development).


So why would they take the time to blog at all, much less regularly? And is it something every educator should consider? To find out, we asked six Milken Educators with regular blogs on different topics to share their insights. What we learned was that there is no one reason to blog, but myriad reasons and benefits for doing so.

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I owe my start in online teaching and learning to the Milken Family Foundation.  Back in '95 I became a Milken National Educator.  The world changed. My access to information and ideas grew and my teaching spirit soared.  The MFF is still doing the good work!

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Edutopia's Top 10 Most Viewed Blog Posts for 2013; Described by Vicki Davis

Edutopia's Top 10 Most Viewed Blog Posts for 2013; Described by Vicki Davis | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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Davis is one of my favorite go-to people in ed tech. She always shares great resources and offers tons of creative and thoughtful ideas to not just integrate tech with ed, but to improve learning across the board.


Davis offers a descriptive paragraph for each of the top 10, highlighting what appeals to her about each one. Click on the headline or the image above to go to the article's webpage. Links to all blog posts are located there.


Titles of the blog posts:


1. 6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students

2. Teach with Your iPhone: Apps to Use in the Classroom

3. Doing it Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary

4. Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen

5. Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

6. 20 Ideas for Engaging Projects

7. 8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

8. Top 5 iPad Apps for Teaching Across All Content Areas

9. 5 Quick Classroom Management Tips for Novice Teachers

10. Bell Ringer Exercises


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Blogs | Common Craft

Blogs | Common Craft | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

This video introduces the concept of a blog as a way for every person to have the power to share news and information. It includes:

  • How blogs are changing the idea of news in the 21st century
  • How blogs are created and organized
  • The role of blogs in bringing like-minded people together
  • How blogs facilitate conversation and networking
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Louis van Cuijk's curator insight, September 1, 2013 2:14 PM

Over blogs maar met name over de manier waarop dit onderwerp wordt gebracht door Common Craft

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Blogger Tutorial - Learn How to Create a Free Blog | Udemy

Blogger Tutorial - Learn How to Create a Free Blog | Udemy | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Learn How to Create a Free Blog : Step-by-Step Blogger Tutorial. Over 13 lectures and 1 hours of video content. Preview the course free now.


by THOMAS GRANT
A Beginners course on using Blogger.com
How to create your FREE Gmail account.
How to create your FREE Blogs with Blogger.com
How to create your FREE YouTube account.
How to add YouTube videos.
How to add pictures.

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Here's a free UDEMY course on setting up a Blogger site.  Give Udemy a try? If you're an instructional designer / instructor perhaps you can build a course of your own and publish it on UDEMY?

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Catherine Samson Tolnai's curator insight, July 9, 2013 2:19 PM

Helpful tips for users who are just beginning to build their PLN.

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50 Education Blogs You May Not Know About But Should

50 Education Blogs You May Not Know About But Should | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

f you are an teacher, student, parent, or administrator, you should be following education blogs. Why? Simply because blogs are an ever-increasing way to spark ideas, creativity, and innovation. The following list is a compilation of blogs for those interested in education.


Written by parents, administrators, businessmen, teachers, and administrators, these blogs stand out with their unique style and excellent content.



Read more: http://newsroom.opencolleges.edu.au/features/50-education-blogs-you-may-not-know-about-but-should/#ixzz2GblOUZ9b

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I'm always looking for good sources for information.  End of the year lists like this are a great source for new ideas.  Who kinows, perhaps one of these 50 blohd might hold a key waiting just for you! 

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BuddyPress.org

BuddyPress.org | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Communities, the WordPress way...

BuddyPress is Social Networking, the WordPress way. Easily create a fully featured social network inside your WordPress.org powered site.
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WordPress steps into the LMS area with a communty oriented plug it. By providing discussion forums, WordPress becomes another viable option for those of us who teach online.

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Student Blogs: Learning to Write in Digital Spaces | Langwitches Blog

Student Blogs: Learning to Write in Digital Spaces | Langwitches Blog | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Tweet Student blogging is not a project, but a process. We are continuously striving to refine, improve and re-evaluate.
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As a middle school writing teacher I was always hungry for ways to connect my students with authentic audiences. I set up liteary bulletin board systems in the 80's to publish student writing.  


Now that blogs can bring anyone's writing to an international audience, it's seems (to me) that classroom blogging is a no brainer. 


However, many teachers just won't go there. And many students don't really get it.  


This article provides sound advice for anyone 'getting into' blogging. 

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A 60 Seconds Guide to The Use of Blogging in Education

A 60 Seconds Guide to The Use of Blogging in Education | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

A few months ago Educational Technology and Mobile Learning posted a detailed guide on how Teachers can Use Blogging in Education. We are glad this post has received a wide interaction from...


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SLS Guernsey's curator insight, January 23, 3:43 AM

Blogging is a really important tool to help with literacy skills. Give it a try.

Denis Lundie's curator insight, January 23, 7:18 AM

Writing for the web, in all forms, is an essential communication skill. All languages should teach the techniques and rules that apply to writing for the web.

Dênia Falcão's curator insight, January 23, 12:37 PM

adicionar a sua visão ...

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Glogpedia - the best of Glogs

Glogpedia - the best of Glogs | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, February 16, 2013 12:50 PM

Great examples of how students can share information with technology.

KB...Konnected's curator insight, April 27, 2013 2:04 PM

Great way to find Glogs you can use in the classroom. Glogs are interactive posters that are a fun way for students to present what they are learning.

Ma. de Lourdes Garcia's curator insight, August 20, 2013 10:54 PM

My students loved this tool so much

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Free Technology for Teachers: What's Obvious to You, Is Amazing to Someone Else

Free Technology for Teachers: What's Obvious to You, Is Amazing to Someone Else | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

One of the reasons I sometimes hear people give for not blogging, Tweeting, or otherwise participating in sharing their ideas online is, "I don't have anything to say." To that I often reply, "yes, you do." The great thing about sharing online is that you never know who is going to discover what you share. Something that you think has been said one hundred times over might be brand new to someone else. We all have something to share.

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What is Wordpress? Everything You Need to Know About Wordpress - Blogging Tips

What is Wordpress? Everything You Need to Know About Wordpress - Blogging Tips | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

The majority of us already know what WordPress is, but when you put everything into a visual perspective you can appreciate the numbers behind the world’s favorite blogging software. Let’s take a look at some of the numbers behind WordPress and the more than 70 million web sites and blogs that are currently running of it’s content management solutions.


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Luigi Cappel's curator insight, January 14, 2014 12:42 PM

The numbers tell the story. Are you telling yours?

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Digital Discussion: Take Your Class to the Internet | Edutopia

Digital Discussion: Take Your Class to the Internet | Edutopia | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
How to set up a blog in your classroom....


Many teachers have started to experiment with blogs. For some, a blog is an electronic notebook -- one students can't lose (or claim the dog ate). For others, it's a forum where a class discussion can unfold 24/7. Either way, blogging can be a powerful educational tool. Suggestions for setting up a classroom blog follow. (Keep in mind that these ideas assume student access to computers and the Internet.)

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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, February 16, 2013 12:44 PM

Teaching how to use the internet effectively makes so much more sense than pretending it doesn't exist.

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