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A Collection of Examples of Classroom Blogs

A Collection of Examples of Classroom Blogs | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

As the new school year starts many teachers will be trying to develop classroom blogs for the first time or revamping old blogs for the new year. The slides below contain examples of classroom blogs. You may find a new-to-you idea in these examples. The slides were created last fall with the help of many readers of Free Technology for Teachers.

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Use a Google Form to Keep Track of Student Blogs

Use a Google Form to Keep Track of Student Blogs | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

One of the questions that I am often asked about using blogs in the classroom is, "how do you keep track of them all?" Even if you have all of your students contributing to the same blog it can be difficult to keep up with all of the posts. One strategy that I've used in the past is to have students enter their names and links to their most recent posts into a Google Form. All of their submissions will appear in a tidy spreadsheet. In that spreadsheet I can see a timestamp, name, and the link to go directly to a student's most recent post. I can also add a column in the spreadsheet for noting whether or not I have given them feedback.

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Great idea!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Chart - A Comparison of Educational Blogging Platforms

Free Technology for Teachers: Chart - A Comparison of Educational Blogging Platforms | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

I'm often asked for advice about picking the best blogging service for classroom use. Every school's and classroom's situation is a little different so it's not easy to make a blanket statement like, "blog service X is best for all teachers." To help teachers decide which blogging platform could be best for them, I created the following chart. The chart compares eight key elements of five common blogging platforms.

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A Guide to Involving Parents in Your Class Blog | Primary Tech

A Guide to Involving Parents in Your Class Blog | Primary Tech | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

One of the many benefits of having a class blog is the strengthening of home-school relationships.


A class blog can provide a virtual window into the classroom.

After having a class blog for many years, I have found that most families enjoy being able to keep up with classroom events and student learning.

Unfortunately, I have seen a number of teachers almost give up on their class blog because of the lack of parent participation and comments.


I often get asked how we get parents involved in our blogging community.

Our parents are no different to those in other classes. They are busy people who need education, encouragement and ongoing invitations to participate.

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How To Integrate Blogging Into Math Classes - Edudemic

How To Integrate Blogging Into Math Classes - Edudemic | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

I am so excited to incorporate writing in my math class during the new semester. My goal is to have students use blogging as an instructional tool to write and express their mathematical ideas. I hope to provide them with an opportunity to reflect on their understanding of mathematics.


Blogging and technology are two tools that go hand-hand. Blogging makes integrating technology in the classroom easy. I researched and wanted to find the easiest blogging site for me to use with my students.

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The 2012 Edublog Awards Announced

The 2012 Edublog Awards Announced | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Huge thanks to everyone who helped make the 9th International Edublog Awards such a great success! And many thanks to everyone who nominated, voted and participated in the Awards this year. Through everyone’s hard work, we’ve pulled together great lists of new blogs / sites, cool ideas and resources that are helpful to our teaching.
Congratulations to all nominees and winners….
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Good to know Richard Byrne's Free Tech for Teachers was recognized again. 

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Three Elements I Always Add to Classroom Blogs

Three Elements I Always Add to Classroom Blogs | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

As the new school year approaches many of us will be setting up new classroom blogs or revamping the ones we've used in the past. If you're setting up a classroom blog for the first time, here are the three elements that I always add to classroom blogs.

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What Is The Ideal Length Of A Tweet (And Other Communications)?

What Is The Ideal Length Of A Tweet (And Other Communications)? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

There are so many ways that teachers are using social media –  both in the classroom and for their own professional development. From Instagram and Facebook in the classroom to Twitter lists and hashtags for their PLN, there are so many social networks and so much content to choose from when you’re looking. You know that whether you’re browsing through your Twitter feed or searching on Pinterest, there are certain things that catch your eye and other things that blend into the background. You pick and choose what looks interesting to you.

 
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Smart List: 50 Great Blogs & Blasts

Smart List: 50 Great Blogs & Blasts | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Today we are recognizing 50 thought leading blogs, blasts and edtech sites.
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Select your favorites, add them to Feedly and then use Diigo to bookmark your faves.  And since it's all about sharing and caring, consider sharing some on ScoopIt!

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The Innovative Educator: 5 Rewards of Teaching Young Students to Blog

The Innovative Educator: 5 Rewards of Teaching Young Students to Blog | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

I have been an elementary-school teacher for more than 25 years and I am always on the lookout for meaningful ways to engage and motivate my young students. I started Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog in 2008 with the idea of sharing class activities with parents. Over time, the blog has grown to be the centerpiece of our third-grade classroom. It has become a true global learning community that offers myriad rewards for students, parents and teachers.

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How Blogging Can Improve Student Writing

How Blogging Can Improve Student Writing | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Instructional coach Ben Curran offers tips on getting started with student blogging, which he says can help address the common standards in language arts.
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Blogging was one of ed tech's first steps in publishing with the Internet.  


It crosses grade levels and subject areas, is relevant for ELA common core standards and something that teachers can begin doing today.


Click here to view the 2012 EduBlog awards to get ideas. Or here to view my bookmarked digital resources on blogging. Langwiches' blog is my fave!

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