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Advice for Aspiring Teacher Bloggers

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In one of my favorite Portlandia sketches, everyone in Portland promotes their DJ night. Sometimes it feels like every teacher is turning into a blogger like citizens of Portland compelled to spin records. This is a fundamentally good thing: it allows teachers to share and access great practices while creating positive digital footprints. Here is […]

Three Benefits of Being a Teacherpreneur

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A teacherpreneur? What’s that? Ok…this is actually a term that has been growing over the past few years, so you may have heard of it. If you haven’t, a “teacherpreneur” is an educator who uses their talents and business savvy to share their work, passion, and philosophy with others. (You can read more about them […]

Meet the Next Awesome Education Blogger…You!

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I taught in the classroom for eleven years before I put a finger to keyboard toblog. So why did I decide to blog? And why should you? There are two compelling reasons for you to start your own blog. Reason 1 – Your Profession Needs You If you have the intellectual curiosity about education to […]

This is the Year You Become a Connected Educator. Here’s How.

Does your doctor use leeches? Does your dentist use doorknobs and string? Of course not. If we want medical professionals using contemporary practices, shouldn’t we expect the same from other professions, especiallyteachers? The best way to stay current is to be a connected educator. Being a connected educator means using social media to improve your […]

Digital Portfolios and Blogs: Use Authentic Technology, Not Technology Made for School

Currently in my district we’ve had some preliminary talks regarding if/how digital portfolios could be implemented on a wide-scale. Of course, while the focus shouldn’t necessarily be on the technology, one of the first questions asked by everyone (both in and out of district) always involves what type of platform we have in mind. While […]

What Comes First, the Writing or the Blogging?

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The Problem In a previous district, I got my hand slapped for encouraging third graders to blog (using Kidblog, which was free at the time). The given rationale behind the hand slapping was something to the effect of, “These kids have trouble writing, and you want them to blog?!?” So, what comes first, the writing […]

Blogging: Teaching Students How to Quality Comment

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After co-presenting on blogging at EdcampNYCand then bloggingabout the significance of student work being made public, I have heard lots of conversation and questions regarding how to teach students to comment on each other’s blog posts. In this area, one of the resources that has guided me is the work of Silvia Tolisano. Nonetheless…The last […]

Why Write for Your Teacher When You Can Publish for the World?

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Last weekend at EdcampNYC, Starr Sackstein (@mssackstein), Tony Sinanis (@TonySinanis), and I facilitated a conversation on blogging and branding. This was the first time I had run a session with either of them, and it was an absolute blast! Making my work public is something about which I am passionate. Also, I strongly support students […]

No Excuses: Why All Teachers Should Blog

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With schools placing an even greater emphasis on “interconnectedness” and “global citizenship,” I can think of no better professional-development tool for teachers than writing and sharing their ideas online. Along these lines, I propose a new school position (perhaps “education outreach coordinator”) to teach faculty and staff how to write effectiveposts, pitch stories to media […]

10 Reasons Why Teachers Should Blog

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My EDTECH journey at Boise State University was an eye-opening and life-changing experience in too many ways to count. Blogging was one of the professional activities I got exposed to as a student; and, it is also one practice I want to continue as part of my teaching. In every EDTECH course, I was required […]

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