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: Attack of the web browsers and RockMelt wins!

It all started on a typical Monday morning when my web browser of choice, Chrome, just stopped working for me.

A quick google search lead nowhere – only that others experienced similar problems over the past year, but no help or advice. I deleted, reinstalled, upgraded, downgraded, and nothing – Chrome was not happy. So I reluctantly looked elsewhere for something new.

About the same time I was checking out our monthly stats on Edublogs.org in our Google Analytics account and came across this stat:

126 different browsers

What?! We had users using 126 different browsers visiting Edublogs.org over the past 30 days!

Nearly half where using Internet Explorer, followed by Firefox, Safari, and then Chrome.  Who knew (not me!), but there are also browsers such as Konqueror and Sea Monkey, and we had a couple hundred visits from the PlayStation Browser and the Nook eReader.

Coincidentally, at the same time I was also catching up on my favorite tech-geek podcast, CNET’s Buzz Out Loud. They were going on and on about a new web browser called RockMelt.

rockmeltIt is currently in invitation-only Beta mode (while they test and work out all the bugs), but I put in for an invitation and a few days later was happily using RockMelt.

The best feature about RockMelt is that within no time, I have set up all of my favorite blogs in the sidebar where it alerts me to new posts immediately. I am no longer dependent on Google Reader, which I for one am very happy about. Not because Google Reader isn’t good at what it does, but if I go a couple of days between checking in, I’ll never catch up! This real-time display of blogs lets me keep up in a non-intrusive way.

I can especially see teachers and students that want an easy way to follow blogs in their classes to find this feature useful and fun!

Oh, and RockMelt is built on Chrome, but it isn’t having the same problems I was having before.

You must have a facebook account to use RockMelt as facebook is highly integrated into the browsing experience. There’s a pretty good twitter feature built in too, but still no option to publish tweets directly from the app. (edit: Oops, actually there is – see the comments below!)

To see more about what it can do, you might like this video here.

If you’re interested, be one of the first three to leave a comment below and I’ll send you one of the invitations I have left. Or, you can sign up for your own on RockMelt.com.

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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The Plugged In Portable

Grade 6 class blog with loads of resources!

St. Thomas, Ontario

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 24th @ 9:30am PSTAll About Edublogs Campus

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

Thursday the 25th @ 4pm PSTEdublogs 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.

Learn more about our live events here!

Recent Posts You Might Have Missed

Summing it up

What’s your browser of choice? In your school or place of work do they let you use more than one?

With the use of add-ons and extensions Firefox and Chrome are certainly growing in popularity, and it will be interesting to see if any of the others can make a lasting impact.

Have a good rest of the week!

Edublogs Weekly Review: Top 5 sites to find images for student use

This week, Kathleen McGeady wrote an excellent post on student blogging and internet images.

Her experience with grade 2 students and teaching appropriate copyright use is truly inspirational. This one sentence is an excellent reminder to educators and students about the importance of using images from sources that approve the use.

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Many students’ first instinct might be to head to Google’s image search and use the first image that they see, but it is important for all of us to make sure we are following all laws and protecting the rights of others. This includes learning about and following through with attributions and acknowledgements of the source of an image when required.

So where do we find free-use images? Here is a list of our 5 favorite sites for images:

  1. Edupics.com
  2. FindIcons.com
  3. Wikimedia Commons
  4. FlickrCC
  5. Photos8.com

(Edit: More for the list from our readers: compfight.com and www.sxc.hu)

For an exhaustive list of sites like these, visit Larry Ferlazzo’s post, The Best Online Sources for Images – updated this week!

Top #ebshare tweets from the week:


Today’s blog post: A subtle epiphany – over-planning kills engagement http://bit.ly/9HMoTn #ebshareMon Sep 13 22:25:50 via Chromed Bird



Do you think research shows that computer use is good or bad for kids? Find results here: http://bit.ly/9VpoG6 #ebshareWed Sep 15 18:13:19 via TweetDeck



From @ddeubel – Have you made a doodle video before? http://bit.ly/dgI0nd #ebshareTue Sep 14 15:20:29 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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A French class blog with great resources.

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

Summing it up

With the increased access to different media available on the web, Creative Commons and copyright discussions are important ones to have with students of all ages.

Do you have other great resources to share or ideas on how to teach students about these different laws?


Major news! Our new community site and blog directory is now live

Community areaWe’re excited, and we think you will be too!

If you click on the Community tab at the top of the Edublogs home page, you’re now taken to our new community area.

What’s in our new community?

Our new communiy area is designed as a place to collaborate, share blogs and resources including:

  1. Latest posts for our Edublogs News blog
  2. The Blogs Directory
  3. Our Curriculum Corner

The Blogs Directory

Already with hundreds of blogs of all types from all over the world.

What makes this directory unique is that you can easily see the latest three posts and a preview thumbnail of the blog.

Now you can easily check out how others are using their edublogs while connecting with other teacher and student bloggers…

And don’t forget to add your blog to the directory as well!

Exampe from the Blogs Directory

Our Curriculum Corner

This new section of the Edublogs website contains pages of useful tips and resources about using blogs with students in the classroom.

With that, we need you!

There is so much knowledge and experience out there and we welcome all ideas.

Leave a comment on this post, or complete the forms on each page of the curriculum corner, if you have anything you would like to share.

Please explore!

Have a look around and let us know what you think.

Our goal is to make this space a useful resource that will help teachers and instructors maximize the potential of using blogs in the classroom.

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