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VIDEO: Blogging is Learning!
VIDEO: How to Write a Quality Comment
VIDEO: Creative Commons Experiment
VIDEO: Howard Rheingold Interviews Mrs. Yollis
VIDEO: EduSlam-The Power of Blogging and Quality Commenting
VIDEO: My Third Graders Present at the Texas Google Summit
Why Have a Class Blog?
What Do Students Write About?
How To Teach Commenting Skills
Sample Blog Posts Organized by Subject
Family Blogging Month!
Student Blogs: Parents Are Administrators
Global Collaboration Projects
Mystery Skype Calls!
Adding Digital Images
Web 2.0 Tools
Adding Sidebar Gadgets
How Do Your Third Graders Know How to Type?
Things to Consider
(Time Management, Student Blogs, Professionalism)
Adding gadgets to the sidebar is a personal preference. I try to add gadgets that serve an educational purpose.
Here are links to my sidebar gadgets and the reasons why I chose them:
1. The orange
, or animated avatar. Visitors had a difficult time knowing how to comment, so the Voki is a cute way of explaining where the comment link is located. When you click on the triangle, she talks.
Get a Voki now!
2. The RSS feed is a way for readers to join your blog. When someone joins your RSS feed, they are notified whenever a post is published. The RSS is also available for comments. Here is a
video explaining the
Go to Blogger: Layout>Page Element>Add a Gadget>Feed>type a title like "Want to Subscribe?" and save.
Blogs We Follow
is a feature to add to your blog if you would like to link to other blogs. We have a few that we follow. I find that it is better to have a few educational blogs that you read and comment with, rather than a long list.
Go to Blogger: Layout>Page Element>Add a Gadget >Link List>type a title, add blog links, and save.
is a gadget that keeps track of who is visiting your blog. Every time someone visits, a dot is placed on the map. Repeat visitors make the dot larger. Students love to see where their visitors are from. It is one of many geography gadgets I love.
is another great gadget. Every time a visitor arrives at your blog, their flag is added to the counter. We have use this gadget numerous times with our atlases. It is exciting to find where visitors live.
Here is a link to a geography lesson
we did using information from our Flag Counter.
Experiment with different gadgets.
Make your educational blog an exciting, but purposeful place for your students to visit!
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"