QuadBlogging

Earlier this year I introduced some students to blogging. They set up their blogs, wrote their first posts and started down the path of maintaining their blogs. A few weeks later when I asked how things were going, one student commented that she was still enjoying the process but felt that it was like ‘writing in a vacuum’ in that she was writing regular blog posts but not receiving many…

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Some New Web 2.0 Tools for the Classroom

We are all aware of the benefits of the collaborative web tools like blogging, social media, podcasting but I have been looking for some new Web 2.0 tools that I think teachers would find useful. I discovered quite a few but I will save some for future postings – I don’t want to overload your creativity!!Here are a few I think you should investigate – all free of course! For…

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Easy Blogging with Live Writer

A lot of primary schools now use WordPress blogs as their school website. Usually the ICT coordinator updates this with news and events. What I would like to see happening is all teachers within the school adding posts with pictures of their pupils activities. I would also like to see pupils doing this.  To facilitate this I suggest that the ICT coordinator use the free blog publishing tool Windows Live…

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Kidblog – Easy Blogging for Primary School Students

Are you looking for a safe, free to use, advertisement free, easy to manage blog for your primary school students? Kidsblog http://kidblog.org/home.php has ticked many of the boxes for me. I had toiled with the idea of using edublogs, blogger, wordpress, scoilnet blogs and others but this was just so clear cut for the purpose and was separate from the school blog. And what’s more, it can also be accessed…

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A Blogging Principal

Every year, Educate Together organise a conference for its principals and we get to meet and learn from each other.  It’s always a brilliant conference and one of the best sessions, this year, was when three principals spoke about a certain aspect of their school. One of these principals has done something amazing.  Fintan McCutcheon, the principal of Balbriggan ETNS runs a “principal blog”.  Every so often he writes articles…

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2 Blog Or Not 2 Blog?

​I’ve noticed recently a marked increase in queries though the DICTAT and CESI mailing lists regarding the potential use of blogging platforms as replacements for traditional static type html websites. Though I read with interest a straw pole conducted by Simon Lewis a few months back, of one hundred teachers over at www.anseo.net, suggesting that just over 20% of the sample claiming to post to blogs versus over 86% posting…

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