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Best Practices in Educational Blogging

Posted on March 30, 2013 at 8:44pm 3 Comments

Student Norms

  • have students and parents sign a district and/or classroom created AUP
  • determine consequences for failing to adhere to the AUP
  • review Internet safety procedures
  • review of socially acceptable blog posts
  • review of types of information that is not acceptable or safe to share on the Internet…


21st Century Classrooms and Learning

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 10:27pm 1 Comment

I feel that there is a huge misunderstanding when it comes to a 21st Century Classroom.  In my experience, many people equate 21st Century classrooms and learning with the use of technology.  I have to admit that I too was initially confused.  Many think that by using technology, they are creating a "21st Century Classroom."  However, this is often not te case.  When used correctly, technology can enhance and contribute to a 21st Century Classroom.  Technology is not a stand alone; it must…


10 More Ways to Use Blogs in Your Classroom

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 10:30pm 1 Comment

1. Instead of having students hand write their writing homework each night, have them post their writing to a blog so that other students can read what they wrote and share comments. 

Blogging? It's Elementary, My Dear Watson!  


2. Have students have literature discussions via a blog so the conversations can take place from different classrooms and can continue at home.…


Google Apps

Posted on August 25, 2012 at 1:31pm 1 Comment

I have been using Google and Google Aps in my classroom and with my students for the past two years.  Each year I use Google, I am able to incorporate more of the Apps into my teaching.  My district has issued each student a Google account.  This has made the difference in using Google Apps with my students. 

Last year I utilized Google Docs in many aspects of my teaching.  I started the year with basis documents and taught my students how to share these with me.  From there the…


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