Edublogs featured in new book on web business models

If you are looking for something to add to your Kindle queue, or a new good-ol-fashioned book to read, we want to suggest Nicolas Pujol’s The Mind Share Market: The Power of Alternative Currency.

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Ok, so it may only really appeal to you if you are like us and love learning more about online business models and strategies for building services on the web. But we had to share because Edublogs is featured as a case study in the book – which we think is pretty cool!

Through Pujol’s book, those looking to start new ventures online can learn how services like Edublogs use the ‘freemium’ model to build communities that include (as in our case) millions of users.

What do you think?

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: 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: Reading Levels in Google Search Results

Regular readers may notice a small change in the format and schedule of our weekly posts. A few tweaks will hopefully make for a much more useful post for everyone!

Featured Post of the Week!

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This week, our featured post is View Google Search Results By Reading Level by Paul Hamilton.

Especially when working with younger students or those learning a new language, this can be a great tool to identify resources that might be easier to understand at that level.

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 9th @ 9:30am PSTAll About Edublogs Campus

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

Thursday the 10th @ 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 there and have a great week!

Edublogs Weekly Review: 5 reasons to visit the Edublog Awards site!

There are only a few days left to vote in the 2010 Edublog Awards, and we wanted to take this opportunity to let you know why you should both vote and visit the Edublog Award site:
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  1. Find out who the edublogosphere thinks are the top blogs to follow
  2. Discover 42 of the top tweeters to instantly create or grow your PLN
  3. Learn from an excellent group of class blogs from around the globe
  4. See how students are using blogs in the classroom to enhance their learning
  5. Get ideas on how best to use audio and video in an educational setting

Plus much more!

This week in the Edublog world

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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Inter.Connect.Ed

reflections on teaching and learning through technology

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

Upcoming Webinars & Live Events

Join us for next week’s live events!

Wednesday the 15th @ 9:30am PSTWhat can you do with your Edublog!?

An informal chat where any of your blogging questions can be answered by our staff.

Thursday the 16th @ 4pm PSTEdublogs Fine Focus

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!

Learn more about our live events here!

Summing it up

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite nominees and come listen to the award ceremony – LIVE!

Winners will be announced at the live awards ceremony on Wednesday the 15th of December at 7pm EST USA!

Edublogs Weekly Review: Top 10 reasons why it is truly the most wonderful time of the year!

The last weekend of November is here which can only mean that the holiday season has officially arrived!

At Edublogs, we love this time of year, and here is our top 10 list as to why:

  1. The hardworking educators and students that use Edublogs get some well deserved time off from school
  2. Great widgets from here make it easy to put yule logs, holiday countdowns, snowmen and more in sidebars
  3. A popular idea to keep students’ minds focused during the upcoming holidays is to ask them to blog while on break – and our support team will be here in case we’re needed!
  4. The free holiday images found here and here are perfect for blogs, class newsletters, cards, and more
  5. Users send us tons of chocolate and gifts – there is still time to contact us for where to send them ;)
  6. We announce the winners of the 2010 Edublog Awards on December 15th
  7. There is so much excitement about how blogging is impacting student learning, and those sharing their experience are about to win BIG!
  8. All of the student mentors of the Student Blogging Challenge are about to receive their Edublogs Pro subscriptions as our way of saying thanks
  9. We all have an excuse to turn on the “Let It Snow” plugin (see the Plugins menu in your dashboard) on our blogs
  10. And we all get to spend time with our families!

Here’s to a great holiday season from the Edublogs team!

(See our CEO James, our support guru Sue, and myself getting in the spirit below!)

This week in the Edublog world

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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Ms. Edmonds’ Science class

An excellent middle school science class blog!

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

Upcoming Webinars & Live Events

Join us for next week’s live events!

Wednesday the 1st @ 9:30am PSTWhat can you do with your Edublog!?

An informal chat where any of your blogging questions can be answered by our staff.

Thursday the 2nd @ 4pm PSTEdublogs Fine Focus

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!

Learn more about our live events here!

Recent Posts You Might Have Missed

Summing it up

As you can see, December is a busy and exciting month.

Make sure to add a bit of festive cheer to your blog if you’d like and have an excellent holiday season!

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