Edublogs Weekly Review: It’s blog action day! Where’s your post?

Today, Friday the 15th of October, is Blog Action Day where bloggers from around the world write about one topic to raise awareness and help drive change through collaboration.

This year, the topic is water – providing access to clean and safe drinking water to the nearly 1 billion people around the world that are currently without it. Facts from the official blog action day website point out that pollution, irrigation, poor infrastructure, and inefficiencies all contribute to the problems at hand.  In addition, as much as 10% of illnesses and disease could potentially be eliminated just by having access to healthy water.

It is definitely not too late to contribute posts and comments from students and teachers alike.

We’ve scoured the Edublogs site to look for student and educator blogs that are participating in Blog Action Day.  The day isn’t over, but as of the time this post was published, there looks to be hundreds of posts just on Edublogs.org blogs alone!

Here is a list of posts on water found on Edublogs that you might want to visit:

If you don’t see you post here, please leave a comment below with a link so that we can all share!

Top #ebshare tweets from the week:

The Blogger’s Cafe is open for business, after hols do you want your students to be better bloggers? http://thebloggerscafe.edublogs.org/Tue Oct 12 03:53:29 via web


our school librarian is awsome! check out her blog…prezi, glogster, youtube, wiki…she does it all! http://bit.ly/cziyEf #edtechWed Oct 13 13:51:44 via web


via @datruss – Moodle Schmoodle and no point to Sharepoint – A blogging alternative experience – http://bit.ly/bUBWw9 #ebshareFri Oct 15 12:51:56 via TweetDeck

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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Technology Integration and 21st Century Classrooms

FULL of excellent tech resources! From an Edublogs Campus site.

Technology Integration Blog – Pennsylvania, USA

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

Summing it up

It is collaboration and community that shows the real power of blogging. Blog Action Day is a great opportunity for students and educators to blog right alongside professional bloggers and organizations from around the world.

Don’t forget to share your favorite posts from Blog Action Day below!


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:


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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

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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!


Make-over your class blog and join the student blogging challenge

studentbloggingIt is now time to join in on the bi-annual student blogging challenge!

This challenge is all about having fun, improving blogging and reflective writing skills, and building readership and connections with a global audience.

Last year, the two challenges included thousands of students from over 15 countries around the world!

What is it?

  • The student blogging challenge is a series of 10 weekly tasks
  • Starts on September 21st – but registration is happening now
  • Students complete as many of the tasks as possible and in any order
  • Open to classes and students from all over the world and of all ages – blogs doesn’t need to be hosted by Edublogs to participate!

Past challenges have included adding comics and widgets, writing creative posts, discussing travelling, comment etiquette, and more.

How do I start?

Setting up your class-blog

You may be just getting started with your class blog or are looking for ways to make improvements.  The following 9 steps will help ensure that your blog is ready to go for the challenge:

  1. Set up your class blog
  2. Set Up Your Blogging Rules and Guidelines
  3. Teaching Commenting Skills and Etiquette – Guest post byKathleen McGeady
  4. Help Parents Connect With Your Class Blog
  5. Add Students To Your Class Blog So They Can Write Posts
  6. Add A Visitor Tracking Widget To Your Blog Sidebar
  7. Setting Up Student blogs
  8. Add your student blogs to your blogroll
  9. Add Your Student Blogs To A Folder In Google Reader

For more information on the student blogging challenge, visit the challenge F.A.Q. here.

The thousands of students that have participated in the past have found it a great way to improve their blogging and commenting skills and love the global interaction among the community that it builds.

(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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