[Excerpt] "For the country that invented paper it is no small irony that China's most innovative writing happens off the page. A number of authors, stifled by state censorship and a conservative publishing industry, are finding freedom online.
* In the late 1990s aspiring literati began to share works online. One of these, Li Jie, started to write internet stories for no other reason than to kill time. Bored with her job serving customers in a bank, she signed up under the pen name Anni Baobei. Her depiction of a damaged, disillusioned youth hit a nerve. Aged just 25, to the horror of her parents, Ms Li gave up a secure income to write full time. The gamble paid off. She made the transition to print and is still one of China's bestselling authors.
* Internet writing has been nothing short of a revolution for Chinese literature. It has allowed myriad voices to be heard. The digital landscape and technology have changed since the first wave of authors began to write; readers in China now access novels through smartphones and tablets rather than desktops."
[Excerpt]: "Blogging is a digital skill that every teacher and student should have. Its a great way to expand upon and share the learning that is happening both in and out of the classroom, and to engage students in ongoing discussion on the subjects that they’re learning about.
Finding the best way to set up classroom blogs for your students (or an individual blog for yourself) isn’t always obvious. There are a lot of choices out there for blogging platforms, and we’re going to take a look at a couple of the most popular ones, and a couple that are designed especially for teachers and students."
"From blogging and Twitter to online networks, Fearghal Kelly charts the evolution of professional development and interactions for teachers in the social media age"
[Excerpt]: ... "This form of professional isolation isn't a big problem if you work in a large and vibrant school where the staff and the leadership team are innovating and have open minds to change. However, not all schools are like this....
... This first began to change for me when I encountered blogging. Although I was sceptical at first, the geek in me was intrigued and so I was easily persuaded to give it a go. I soon discovered a whole new world of professional dialogue. Through blogging, I began to have stimulating and challenging conversations with teachers from around the world, but mainly in Scotland. These were like-minded individuals who I'd never met, and yet they provided me with huge amounts of professional support."
I started my blog using WordPress and I have found it a platform that makes it easy to own and publish your own content online.
It is the foundation to the success of this blog which currently receives over 300,000 hits per month.
If you’re looking for an easy way to create a web presence and start sharing your ideas online, the best way to do this is to create a blog. Millions of users around the world already express themselves and share their thoughts by means of their personal blogs.
The advantage of having your own WordPress blog that is self-hosted is that you own it.
It is good to have a Facebook “page” or a Tumblr blog but they are owned by someone else and you can have a web presence there but under their “Terms and Conditions” It is basically a rental.
Disqus, a comments platform for bloggers, is trying to help people find unique conversations using data visualization.
The discussions that occur around posts and across blogs via the "comments" feature are rarely experienced by novice bloggers. Without an introduction to this key aspect of personal and social publishing platforms, many skeptics fail to realize the potential that blogging has for interaction and conversation, not just what they perceive to be mindless, one-way self promotion.
[Excerpt]: "Digital reading and writing has changed me as a learner. On June 24, 2007, I started my journey into blogging and for months before that I was glued to the screen of my computer inspired how other teachers, book lovers and writers could alter my thinking, energize me to begin more self-reflection and connect me with endless learning.
A Year of Reading and Amick's Articles were some of my first mentors as I began to reflect and blog on my own. The writers behind these blogs (Franki, Mary Lee and Sarah) helped model for me how to create my own voice and share ideas and books that meant something to me. They helped me feel apart of the reading and writing club. And then when I connected with them and others I began to feel like there were people out there who might even read what I have to say. I was gifted some identity. Then, I began connecting to others by linking to their thoughts, responding to other's posts and collaborating in events and now this series."
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