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.

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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!

New Plugin! Share the Best of the Web with Symbaloo

We’re thrilled to share the news about a brand new plugin now available to all Edublogs users – Symbaloo!

Symbaloo is a free social bookmarking tool. A fun and simple way to organize and store all your digital resources in the cloud.

Symbaloo helps teachers curate content and share the best of the web with their students. Teachers are able to work smarter and share more great resources and learning tools with their students in much less time.

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The Symbaloo Plugin

The Symbaloo plugin makes it easy to add ALL your favorite web resources in your posts and pages.

To learn more about the Symbaloo plugin, check out this support post.

Symbaloo Certification and Training

Symbaloo offers professional development, training and certification here.

Make sure to use the following code to get access to their courses for free: Edublogs14.

Edublogs Weekly: Tips for editing blogs and King’s Speech for educators

It is almost too embarrassing to write about – but during a recent Edublogs Campus training session, a user asked for an explanation for what all of those icons do in the visual post editor.

I admit, I hadn’t actually played with them all before, and had to do some quick learning for a couple on the fly. Who knew the custom characters tool was there all this time!?

Thanks to my new found custom character button, I can say happy π day everyone! :)

So, here is a quick and complete list of all of the different tools available to you when editing a post:

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Featured Post of the Week!

king5 Lessons for Educators from “The King’s Speech

Wow. You should check out this post – even if you haven’t seen the movie! From the EFL Classroom 2.0 blog by David Deubelbeiss.

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 this week’s live events!

Thursday the 17th @ 4pm PST – Edublogs Serendipity – PD Out Of A Blue Sky

Join us in our fortnightly unconference sessions. Bring along the burning issues and hot topics YOU would like to discuss. The topic is chosen by poll at the start of the session.

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 there and have a great week!

Edublogs Weekly: The Student Blogging Challenge is Starting Now!

Twice each year, educator extraordinaire Sue Wyatt puts together an amazing 10 week global challenge for students of all ages and abilities.

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Most definitely the largest event of it’s kind, the Student Blogging Challenge has hundreds and hundreds of registered students and classes. The goal of the challenge is to improve students’ global awareness, blogging skills, and online netiquette.

It isn’t to late to join in – students register here and teachers register your classes here.

You don’t have to use Edublogs to participate, and activities will ask students and mentors to visit each others’ blog posts, make comments, and collaborate on 10 weekly challenges!

It is an absolute blast! With loads of learning going on too :)

Visit the Student Challenge blog now to learn more.

Featured Post of the Week!

gamesA blog dedicated to stretching the digital dollar popped up on our twitter feed this week and one post really stuck out.

Let Them Play: Video gaming in education is an interesting post about the merits of games in the classroom. Check it out!

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!

Thursday the 10th @ 4pm PSTEdublogs Fine Focus- PD Out Of A Blue Sky –

Topic: Easy ‘tooning with ToonDoo

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: Skype in the classroom launched

The big education news over the weekend was that Skype launched it’s “Skype in the classroom” website which is now ready for use!

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The new free directory promises to make it easy to connect with educators around the globe that are interested in using skype to connect with guest speakers, set up language exchanges, and facilitate class discussions no matter how far apart the classes may be.

And we know this will be successful judging by the thousands of educators each month that visit our own ‘Skype Other Classrooms‘ page – one of our most popular resources for sure!

It only took us about 3 minutes to add ourselves to the directory. Once you submit your class, you can search by location, age, and topic. The filtering in the directory looks great!

Leave a comment below if you register for the site so fellow Edublogs users can more easily find you. :)

notepadFeatured Post of the Week!

Blogger Megan Cashing is a 3rd grade teacher who keeps up with her blog, Teaching: what works and what doesn’t.

Over the past few weeks, she has some excellent and thought provoking posts about homework found here.

Leave her a comment and let her know what you think about homework too after reading the posts.

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 this week’s live events!

Thursday the 3rd @ 4pm PST – Edublogs Serendipity – PD Out Of A Blue Sky

Join us in our fortnightly unconference sessions. Bring along the burning issues and hot topics YOU would like to discuss. The topic is chosen by poll at the start of the session.

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 there and have a great week!

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!

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