Trying out Twitter

Even though I love using technology in my classroom and at home, I find it is important to limit tools and unplug. This is part of why I have never…

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Blogging: Best practices for teachers and students

In order to be successful using blogs in your classrooms, you have to do more than just come up with creative lessons and projects for the students to do with the blog. The more integral they become to your everyday teaching, the more you will need to establish guidelines for your students. You may have to ask your school or your district to tweak their Acceptable Use Policy or Digital Citizenship Policy to include blogging, or maybe you’ll need to create student contracts or notify parents.

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Blogs: A tool for creating the 21st century classroom

As someone who has been teaching writing since I started teaching, blogs excite me. I love that writing becomes something for outside the classroom. It’s no longer just for the “teacher’s eyes”. Blogging brings a connectedness to the classroom, exposing other classmates and sometimes even the entire world wide web to a student’s thoughts and insights, making it a great tool for 21st century classrooms and learning.

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Dot Complicated: a book review

I just finished reading Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives by Randi Zuckerberg, sister to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. In this book, she tackles the subject of how evolving technologies complicate people’s lives.

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10 More Ways to Use Blogs in the Classroom and Beyond

For my class this week, we’re exploring blogging in the classroom. All of us reviewed a great article, “33 Ways to Use Blogs in Your Classroom and an Educational Setting.” This post has great ideas for every grade level, but here are 10 more ways that you can use blogs in your classroom setting.

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Why educators should use blogs

Educators in the 21st century are lucky. The advancements in technology have given them so many ways to make education come alive and to extend the walls of the classroom…

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