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Blogging archive

August152008

A Blueprint for 21st Century Engagement

This week, PBS Teachers rolled out its curricular guide for the 2008 election. It offers teachers a range of online tools created by the public broadcasting community to encourage civic engagement, embracing social media with each lesson plan....

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March142008

School Authorities Stifle Student Blogging Project

An Australian teacher renowned among educators for his use of blogging in the classroom has just had his latest blogging project shuttered by state authorities. Are other edubloggers next?...

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January112008

Web 2.0 and Education: Hot or Not?

Andrew Keen’s polemic on Web 2.0 culture, The Cult of the Amateur, has been riling the social media community for months now. It was probably just a matter of time before it came up in a big way within the...

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December182007

Collaborative Writing, 140 Characters at a Time

A teacher in suburban Washington DC has launched a collaborative writing initiative using the messaging tool Twitter. Prepare to be concise!...

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December122007

More than Just Blogging: the 2007 EduBlog Awards

It’s that time of year again - the winners of the annual Edublog Awards have been announced. And despite the name having the word “blog” in it, the awards cover a whole range of educational projects, including wikis, social networks...

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December032007

Teaching Jeff Corwin a Lesson Through Student Video Blogging

What do you do when you notice a TV personality could use a bit of help speaking Spanish? For a group of South Carolina sixth graders, the answer is to create a video blog and offer up some language lessons...

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November092007

Students Weigh in on Media Literacy

One of the best things about having a blog is participating in the conversation taking place in the comment threads. And this week has been a particular treat, as a group of students in Georgia has been duking it out...

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August232007

What Other Blogs Do You Read?

There are a lot of great education blogs out there, many of which I’ve talked about from time to time. But the blogosphere is a really big place, with numerous blogs that may not be seen as educationally focused, but...

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August102007

Web 2.0: What’s in a Name?

In late July, edtech pioneer and author David Warlick posted a short blog entry about an interaction he had with a group of educators unfamiliar with the term “Web 2.0.” His post erupted into an all-out smackdown between edubloggers trying...

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August032007

The Return of the Original Edublogger

There’s a new blogger in town, but he’s an old friend to educators who have been online since the early days of edtech. Please welcome Louis Schmier to the blogosphere....

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March272007

March 30: Participate in Stop Cyberbullying Day

This Friday - March 30th - has been declared Stop Cyberbullying Day - by me. I’m hoping to get as many people, bloggers and nonbloggers alike, talking about cyberbullying, because it’s spinning out of control. Just ask blogger Kathy Sierra....

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February092007

Media Literacy as a Family Value

Right now I’m at an annual gathering of news executives and Web 2.0 activists in Miami, listening to speaker after speaker talking about the ever-changing media landscape. Even with all of these luminaries extolling the Internet on the conference stage,...

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January192007

Bloggers Back Teacher Convicted on Questionable Porn Charges

The blogosphere is rallying in support of a substitute teacher who was convicted on porn charges despite evidence suggesting she was a victim of malicious computer software and a lack of technical safeguards on the part of the school....

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January032007

Educational Blogging: Avoiding the Usual Suspects Syndrome

There’s been a fascinating conversation unfolding online over the last few days about the role of blogging in building communities of educators. The discussion raises an important question: does the advent of all-star bloggers in education help, or hinder a...

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October202006

Connect the Dots: Students, Blogs and the Nobel Peace Prize

The Seattle Times ran a nice introduction to how educators are embracing blogging in the classroom. Elsewhere in the world, Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank won the Nobel Peace Prize. Perhaps these two stories have nothing to do with...

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October032006

CyberOne: A Glimpse of the Future Classroom?

While there is no shortage of educators experimenting with interactive tools like blogging, wikis, immersive virtual environments and the like, Harvard Law School’s CyberOne course is throwing the entire Web 2.0 playbook at one group of very eager students. Does...

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August142006

Back to School: Five Predictions and a Waffle

It’s that time of year, kids - we’re going back to school. (Okay, I’m not going back to school, but millions of educators and students are, so there’s a good chance this applies to you.) In honor of the start...

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July142006
June012006

Using Blogs as a Novel Approach to Engage Students

Last week, I described the basics of blogging and promised to share stories of educators using blogs in the classroom. So today I’d like to introduce you to Janice Robertson, who’s using blogging to engage her students in some novel...

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May222006

What Exactly is a Blog, Anyway?

In the coming weeks and months here at learning.now, you’re going to hear a lot about the exciting educational work that’s being done with technologies like podcasts, photo blogs and video blogs, just to name a few. But before we...

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May012006

Welcome to learning.now -
Enjoy It While You Can

Hi everyone! Welcome to my new PBS blog, learning.now. I hope you enjoy reading it, because this may be the one and only time you’ll ever have access to it. The subtitle of this blog is “At the crossroads of...

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