Edublogs Weekly: Get blogging advice LIVE from the experts!

This week, we think you will be excited about a couple of LIVE webinars that feature a few Edublogs blogging rockstars.

podcast_newTech Talk Tuesdays – (Or Monday for those in the Americas!)

Teaching Commenting and Encouraging Parent Participation

4pm Tuesday the 22nd in Melbourne, Australia or 9pm Monday the 21st in Los Angeles, California.

(See the time and date in your time zone here.)

Linda Yollis, winner of the lifetime achievement award in the 2010 Edublog Award, will share the way that she approaches the all important commenting element of blogging and will also discuss how to get parents involved.

Linda, from Los Angeles, USA, has been an elementary school teacher for 24 years. She is committed to meaningful integration of technology in the classroom and is passionate about educational blogging. Don’t miss this exciting session!

Click here for more!

eT@lking – Wednesday

Learning all about the Student Blogging Challenge

8pm Wednesday the 23rd in Melbourne, Australia time or 9am, Wednesday the 23rd London, England.

(See the time and date in your time zone here.)

Let the student blogging queen, Sue Wyatt, cyberwalk you through the ins and outs of the Student Blogging Challenge.

Don’t forget, the twice-yearly challenge gets underway in March!

Click here for more!

Featured Post of the Week!

network_localGlobally over the past year, “school reform” has been such a (well deserved) hot button topic that it is almost ingrained in pop culture.

And Larry Ferlazzo, of larryferlazzo.edublogs.org is always on top of the debates and issues.

We couldn’t identify just one post to feature, so go here to see all of Larry’s recent posts tagged under school reform!

Have a post that you would like us to consider for post of the week? Send out a tweet using the hashtag #ebshare so we’re sure to see it!

Upcoming Webinars & Live Events

Join us for next week’s live events!

Wednesday the 23rd @ 9:30am PSTAll About Edublogs Campus

For new Campus site-admins or for those interested in learning more about Edublogs Campus.

Thursday the 24th @ 4pm PSTEdublogs Fine Focus- PD Out Of A Blue Sky

Join us for our fortnightly “Fine Focus” sessions each week. In these sessions we range across a variety of topics and include discussion (”Talk Time”), how to use various applications (”Techie How To”), and using technology in the classroom (”Tools and Strategies”). In fact anything “e-” that is of interest to educators!

If you’re interested in suggesting a topic, or even better, being a presenter, leave a comment and let us know!

Learn more about our live events here!

We hope to see you at all of the great live events this week!

Edublogs Weekly Review: Connect with classrooms and experts around the world with Skype

You may have heard that Skype announced this week the new ability to video conference with up to 10 users at once.

We’ve tested this out and find it to be really cool. And since many classrooms around the globe are using services like Skype, we thought we would share a bit more.

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Skype is a free tool that allows users to make voice and video calls to any other Skype user in the world.

Teachers and students have been using Skype for years to bring experts, authors, and guest speakers right into the classroom with no travel necessary.  Previously, Skype didn’t allow more than two video callers at a time, and with this addition, even more connections and interactions can be shared simultaneously.

If you are looking for other classrooms to connect with, a great place to start is on this post from TheEdublogger.com.  To add your class to this list, visit this post here and leave your details.

Here are a few other great recent posts about using Skype in the classroom:

  1. An Author in Every Classroom: Kids connecting with authors via Skype. It’s the next best thing to being there.
  2. Learning Beyond Walls: 21 Skype Resources
  3. Skype Saves the Day for Teacher Seminar
  4. Miss Tyler-Smith’s Class: Our First Skype Call!!

Top edutweets from the week:


@bportlandslider
They have to have permission to get them out – but we’ve used cell phones in my 9th grade 6 out of the last 7 days.Mon Aug 30 14:45:48 via HootSuite

The 6 Step Plan to Using Your 21st Century Voice to Make a Difference http://j.mp/aUJt2FTue Aug 31 23:18:27 via Reeder

Just had an AWESOME Skype session w/ the students of @USCAnnenberg on #edreform and digital media | Thanks @BillCelisThu Sep 02 23:57:14 via TweetDeck



Featured Edublog of the Week

edu_featured_dir Heroes 2001
Indianapolis, Indiana USA
A fantastic English class blog!
Read our interview with Jana Haffley, creator of this blog here.

Find more great blogs like this one in our International Edublogs Directory!

Summing it up

As the world grows smaller each day, and increasing focus is placed on global connections and relationships, we think Skype and other communication tools (like blogs) will only increase in their popularity.

Leave a comment and let us know if you have used Skype in your teaching or if you have anything else to share!


Edublogs Weekly Review: Taking blogging to infinity and beyond

nasalogo_twitter_reasonably_smallThis week we came across Mrs. T’s Fantastic Fifth Grade Bobcats class blog and this fun video post of a recent field trip to NASA.

In fact, we liked the blog so much that it is our blog of the week!

In addition, it really got us thinking about how blogging can be used to facilitate collaboration between classrooms and different organizations and experts such as NASA.

A little bit of fun research into the different offerings of NASA revealed a few tools and resources that you may find useful to add to your blog.

NASA and Twitter

Follow @NASAJPL_Edu for educationally related news and tweets from NASA. Some great images, videos, lesson ideas and more!

NASA hosts frequent Tweet-Ups at different locations, and if you sign up, you can be invited to come in for a VIP tour and question/answer period. How cool is that?

NASA TV

You can embed many videos from NASA right into any page or post on your blog. The most recent videos can be found here.

Or share this link to a live feed from the international space station on your blog. According to the NASA website, due to the orbit of the space station, there is a sunrise or sunset every 45 minutes caught on video here!

Live Chats

NASA offers live chats frequently with different experts about many different topics. Recent chats discuss comets, the sun, the moon, fuel, and hurricanes – a wide variety that would be relevant to many different types of courses and age groups. Students and teachers can even submit questions before hand to get answered by the expert!

All of the recent chat transcripts – and information on upcoming ones – can be found here.

More NASA Resources

Find teaching and learning materials from NASA by searching through different levels, grades, subjects, and types.

Also, you can sign up to be on NASA’s news list to receive email updates and announcements about NASA’s educational programs, activities, and events.

Top #ebshare tweets from the week:

RT @edublogs: Check out all of the Edublogs live events in November – http://bit.ly/b3Fpsf Hope to see you there! #ebshare #culturainglesaMon Nov 01 23:27:28 via Panoramic moTweets


RT @edublogs: 34 Free Productivity Tools That Will Help You Eliminate Expensive Software via @inspired_clsrm – What a list! http://bit.lThu Nov 04 17:22:36 via web


Looking for ideas on how to help students evaluate web sites http://bit.ly/bLfa6Y #edchat #ebshareFri Oct 29 00:00:07 via web

Want to share a post, ask others to visit a blog for comments, or show off cool student work? Use the hashtag #ebshare to let us know so we can re-tweet it for you!

Featured Edublog of the Week

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Mrs. T’s Fantastic Fifth Grade Bobcats

An excellent example of what a class blog can be!

California, USA

Find more great blogs like this one in our International Edublogs Directory.

Summing it up

Besides NASA, are there other government, business, or non-profit organizations who’s online resources could really compliment your class or student blogs?

Let us know of any you find or how you use outside resources so that we can pass it on to others.

Have a great weekend!

(This is a "Page")Who’s behind the scenes at Edublogs?

Edublogs has grown from a single idea in 2005 into the largest and most trusted provider of educational blogging in the world.

We believe in the power that blogging can have to transform the educational experience of students and have seen first hand how Edublogs have increased ownership of learning, engaged students, and become a source of pride in the classroom.

Based in Australia, but with employees located all over the globe, the Edublogs team consists of some of the best technological and educational minds in the biz. We are happy to talk with you about blogging, Edublogs Campus, or anything else you might like to send our way.

Get To Know the Edublogs Team

James FarmerJames Farmer is the Founder and CEO of Edublogs. He’s worked previously as a teacher, Lecturer in Education Design at Deakin University and Online Community Editor of The Age. He´s based in Melbourne, Australia and when not immersed in Edublogs-related-thought, he likes hanging with his girls, soccer and roaming around Melbourne.

 

Sue WatersSue Waters is the force behind The Edublogger (our official ‘how to’ blog) and also the seriously well-respected author of the Edublog Mobile Technology in TAFE. She’s Australian, based in Perth, married with two kids and while not blogging works both with fish and other lecturers doing PD around e-learning, m-learning and everything in between.

 

Ronnie BurtRonnie Burt works to constantly improve the educational experience of Edublogs. He looks after sales as well as our overall product and business development. Prior to joining the Edublogs team, he used Edublogs in the classroom as a teacher where he has taught at the secondary and undergraduate levels in the US and Mexico. Ronnie is a longhorn football obsessed native of the great state of Texas.

 

Lol BruschLorraine Brusch looks after the marketing, look and feel and all those ungeeky elements of Edublogs without which we’d be completely stuffed. She’s got a background as a sales exec, entrepreneur and business owner and is the vision behind our development and success. While not critiquing sustainable business models, Lol paints, draws and designs.

 

aaronAaron Edwards is responsible for the systems that manage Edublogs free and pro accounts, as well as countless other innovations and custom functionality which Edublogs users enjoy. He’s a critical member of the Edublogs team and while not at the keyboard, enjoys travel and is the founder of the award winning MissionsPlace.com.

 

michaelMichael Katzenellenbogen is the person who makes Edublogs tick. He’s responsible for our extensive server configuration, caching, performance and security at Edublogs as well as working tirelessly on Campus, SSO configuration and anything of significance that we do. Previously a core SysAdmin at the NYTimes.com, he’s based in Brooklyn, NY.

 

MohaMoha Sudirikku is a developer for Edublogs with an eye across a whole heap of projects, providing excellent support and an aim to be the quickest coder in the, erm, east. Moha proudly takes care of our Edublogs Campus networks. He’s based in Finland, loves gadgets, and is interested in all things open source.

 

 

maniuManiu Misiek develops powerful plugins that help make every Edublogs users’ lives a bit easier. Also, he keeps a close eye on all of our themes! When he is away from his computer, he is playing tennis or windsurfing on one of the Polish lakes near his home.

 

 

ignactioIgnacio Cruz hails from Madrid, Spain where he is the co-organizer of the WordPress Meetup in Madrid. He’s an accomplished coder with his work found in many Edublogs plugins and projects.

 

 

VladislavVladislav Bailović lives in Zrenjanin, Banat, Serbia and comes from a languages and theory of literature background, but he picked up programming as a passion along the way and stuck with it. He’s still fascinated with being able to order machines to do his bidding, and is always looking for new ways to improve in that.

 

ElliottElliott Bristow bends over backwards to keep everybody happy! With 10 years of web design and development experience, and having watched WordPress grow in that time, Elliott is a crack-shot at troubleshooting the kinds of issues our users come up against. As a British Ex-pat living in Spain, his location means we can keep our support department open even when our US and Aussie based staff are tucked up in bed!

 

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You’ll find the best and most experienced developers on the planet contributing to the success of Edublogs and what we do.

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