Let Edublogs Help You With Professional Development and Training!

While we feel the learning curve for starting a blog using Edublogs is pretty low, we also know that proper training and support is critical to the success of any new program or endeavor.


Whether or not your school, district, or university is already using blogs, let us help provide the assistance needed to jump start and improve the user experience!

Priority is given to our Edublogs Campus sites, our team can be available for live sessions or webinars at different times for anyone that wants to learn about blogging in education.

Or, if you happen to be leading a local training or session, let our support team know – we’d love to provide ideas or share resources!

Our calendars are filling up fast, so contact us and let us know how best we can support blogging by students and educators.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Edublogs Weekly Review: Introducing Teacher Challenges – Free Professional Development!

teacher challengeWe couldn’t be more excited to announce the start of a new series of free professional development for educators – something we are calling ‘Teacher Challenges’.

The online trainings will be open and public to anyone that would like to participate. While we will provide a suggested time line and set of activities, you can participate however you like, and once the courses are complete, they will remain live for future reference.

One of our main goals is to model how blogs can be used as effective and collaborative learning tools.

The first topic will be “30 days to kickstart your blogging” and will cover topics such as writing effective blogs posts, embedding media, and building readership.

Future topics will include building a Personal Learning Network (PLN), online student safety, and using the best of the free resources on the web.

Visit the Teacher Challenge homepage and subscribe to the blog there to stay up-to-date as we gear up to start the first challenge on January 10th!

This week in the Edublog world

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Posts you might have missed

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Summing it up

We hope that you will join us in the upcoming professional development series.

As 2010 comes to a close, we wish you the best to you and yours.

Happy holidays!

Edublogs Weekly Review: EdCamps and Teach Meets – A new kind of professional development

conferenceOver the past year, a grass roots movement in educator professional development has evolved into a widespread phenomenon.

EdCamps, mostly in the US, and Teach Meets, mostly in the UK, are popping up all over as a new type of collaborative conference.  In fact, they are often called an “unconference” as the attendees are the presenters and the focus is on the needs and wants of those attending.

This week, Edutopia published an Introduction to Edcamp: A New Conference Model Built on Collaboration which includes interesting information on the history of the EdCamp model.  Would you believe that the idea for EdCamp came after a few educators attended a similar “unconference” for computer programmers?

Jason Bedell also posted an exhaustive post on unconferences as part of his ongoing series on “Professional Development 2.0”.  He provides great tips on how to start your own.

One of the differences in these types of conferences is that anyone that attends is also encouraged to present. If you are thinking about presenting about blogging, web 2.0 tools, or other tech uses in the classroom, don’t hesitate to let us know!  We might be able to provide resources or tips for your presentation – we’re always happy to help out whenever we can.

Want to learn more about edCamps and Teach Meets and how to bring one to your area?

Top #ebshare tweets from the week:

A 1:1 Progam is Possible in Your School! Interview with Rich Kiker http://bit.ly/d1qoUv via @shellterrellTue Sep 28 14:03:06 via web

Via @amcollier: Storytelling in higher ed. What are your instructional strategies using storytelling? http://bit.ly/aX4ME4 #ebshareTue Sep 28 13:30:18 via TweetDeck

A post on the impact of PLNs and the climate of American public education. http://alienpedagogy.edublogs.org/Mon Sep 27 12:51:09 via web

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Featured Edublog of the Week

edu_featured_dir Learning Science in the 7-8 at PDS
Check out the daily student summaries – what a great idea!

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Summing it up

The changes and advancements in professional development opportunities are exciting.

Leave a comment below if you know of an unconference near you or know of another great resource to share!  We would also love to hear from you if you have attended an unconference before and what you think about the model.

Have a great October weekend!

Have Your Science Questions Answered!

We all have misconceptions about how the physical and natural world works.

And there can be science questions that students don’t feel comfortable asking in class or would like to ask outside of class.  Such as “Do tree’s breathe?”, “ What is the difference between strength and hardness?”, “Where do puddles go to?”, “Why doesn’t a twig conduct electricity?”

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Wouldn’t it be great if there was a Science site where younger students could get help with their questions?

The good news is there is a site, The Science Master, and it’s been set up on Edublogs to provide a safe learning environment for students.

About the Science Master

The Science Master has been designed for children/pupils to ask questions that they might feel that they cannot ask in a class environment. To some of us asking questions in a public forum can be quite a daunting experience.

IScientist s it safe? It’s an Edublogs site. The children/pupils are not asked for an email address, or their real name. They are just asked for a name and some idea of their age. They find their answer by following the website as answers will be linked to the information supplied. The site will obviously only offer answers to real questions (all questions are checked before publication).

However these questions to the Science Master will not, in most cases, get a direct answer. The Science Master and his friends will try to give the questioner(s) a pathway that will help them investigate the question at their own level of understanding and arrive at possible solutions. They are the scientists.

Using the Science Master

Students ask their questions here, check all Answers here and have an option to Ask another question or leave a comment on responses to questions.

Simple ask a question form

They can comment on their own investigations and other readers can add their comments (including the Science Master). This is the blogging environment.

Here’s the answer to a question asked by a student!

Example of an Answer

Final Thoughts from the Science Master

“I have been using Edublogs in a variety of ways for the last 10 years so when I was invited to develop the Aston Tower, Science Master site Edublogs became my first choice as a tool to build what then, and still is, a fairly unique site.

The kids loved it, criticized it, and helped develop it, as well as apparently enjoying it!

I hope you do the same!”

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