Edublogs Weekly Review: Social networking in schools, Facebook in trouble and email a thing of the past

Welcome to the first of what we hope is a useful post with a weekly overview of news in the edublogging world.

This week, one of the most discussed topics around the web has to do with the use of social media by educators and students in schools.

Many schools seem to be moving to strict policies that outright ban or limit their use, while others are encouraging the use of Twitter, Facebook and other tools in classrooms.

Edubloggers too are divided on the issue, though the majority seem to be more in favor of increasing the use and teaching students (and teachers) how to use them appropriately.

Dodie Ainslie has some great advice for teachers in her post, Being Professional in a Digital World.

Other great posts just this week on the topic of social media include:

  1. Video Rebuttal to Educational Leaders and Parents On The Social Media Ban Wagon
  2. Facebook and teachers: Still a potentially dangerous combination for your career
  3. Bittersweet News for Social Media in Education
  4. Social Networking and the Death of Email

Top edutweets from the week:

A look at the work of Sal Khan- – very good online teaching. I’ve been viewing many of his lectures @ khanacademy.orgWed Aug 25 04:51:21 via web

New Blog Post: A PLN Connection…11 Years in the Making! @teachingwthsoul & I didn’t know just how connected we were!Fri Aug 27 13:26:02 via web

My Dad Doesn’t Google Aug 27 10:14:59 via bitly

Featured Edublog of the Week

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A true must read blog!

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

Summing it up

Where do you stand on the use of Social Media in the classroom?

  1. Does it depend on the age of students?
  2. The subject taught?
  3. Should teachers and students be ‘friends’ on facebook?

We would definitely be interested in hearing more about your views and the policies in place at your school.

Turn that hobby into a job – come and work with us in help and support!

We’re hoping the new school year is going well for all Edublogs users and we’re looking forward to providing you with some great blogging tools for the next year!

And we’d also like to say a huge thank you to all of you who have become Edublogs Supporters or looked at Edublogs Campus for your schools… you are the people that make Edublogs possible so give yourself a huge pat on the back!

But while you’re doing that, have a think about whether you’d like to take this whole Edublogs thing a bit further and come and work with us providing help and support for and Edublogs Campus users!

That’s right, we’re looking for a help and support ninja.

Someone who can figure out how to make widgets dance, plugins gambol and posts and pages sing!

You’ll be working alongside the existing team, manning the forums, tweets and emails… and putting the EDU into blogging :)

There’s no specific experience required – except that you are an existing Edublogs or WordPress user – and naturally we have a preference for people with educational backgrounds.

What’s more, we’ll be looking at a flexible, hours-based, arrangement at first so that you can easily do this kinda thing alongside your current work… especially if you spend a lot of time in front of a computer already :)

We’re not saying that you moonlight per se…. oh, ok, we are… moonlight away!

So… if you’re interested, please contact us here (or by emailing support (at) edublogs [dot] org) and we can have a chat.

Let us know a little about yourself, point us to your Edublogs / WordPress experience and ask us any questions you might have.

Two fully working plugins – and a call for more

Yes, definitely a good week. I’ve installed for your pleasure two new plugins which you can now turn on or off at your leisure. These are the ‘static front page‘ plugin (which allows you to create a page called ‘Home’ and for that to become the front page with blog posts appearing as a category… very useful for some projects) and a fully working Google Analytics plugin (the last one wasn’t doing the job).

So just go to your ‘Plugins’ menu and turn em on if you fancy.

And now a ‘call for plugins’… could you use the comments below to tell me what plugins you’d like to see installed at

Unfortunately there are quite a few which don’t / won’t work using this architecture but with any luck there may well be some that do. Please provide a link to the plugin as well as the name :)

Formating post issues – getting the WSYWIG working…

If you’ve got an existing edublog then you might have problems with formatting posts… the link / bold / block-quote buttons don’t work etc

You can fix this by pointing to wp-admin/upgrade.php and clicking there. Sorry it’s not easier at the moment!

So just got to (make sure you’re logged in) and the WSYWIG should be installed!

Apologies for the stress…

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No stress, you can always change this later on.

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