Friday, February 08, 2008

Tips for Better Google Searches

It's Friday, so I have been blog reading. I came across one blog post that was about tips for better Google Searching Tricks in Joan Vinall-Cox's blog, WebToolsForLearners. I just couldn't NOT share this.

I've heard of most of these; in fact, I bet we all have been introduced to these at one time. But, who can remember them. It's kind of like learning a new, healthy habit. Kinda.

FYI - She links to the LifeHacker blog which focuses on tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done.

Lee Anne

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

What About Blogs? (8th Floor Class - Feb 7, 2008)

What About Blogs?
As a collaborative and constructive tool, blogs have found their place in education. As educators, we are using them as learning tools not only for our students, but for ourselves.

Blogs in Plain English

Lee LeFever of the Common Craft Show

So What’s a Blog?
Let the
6 & 7 year olds from Room 9 at Nelson Central School educate you about what they think a blog is and why they love using them!

Let’s Talk About Blogs
How is a blog different from a website?
What does it mean to blog, be a blogger?

Why do you think you or your students might be attracted to this as a form of expression?
The first step to being a good blogger is to be a good blog ____________?

Education Professional Development Blogs
Weblogg-ed - A blog by Will Richardson
Moving at the Speed of Creativity - A blog by Wesley Fryer
Blog of Proximal Development - a blog by Konrad
Blogs about Educational Blogging - a wiki by Support

Classroom/Student Blogs
Arthus - NewlyAncient (high school student blog)
The Good Habits Blog (blog for students)
Mrs Cassidy's Classroom Blog (elementary)
Blogical Minds (This is a blog created to explore what happens when 5th graders blog and converse about literacies in class and beyond)

Check out the following education/safety focused postings and articles:
MySpace Education
Change Agency
Blogs, Fair Use, and Paying to Play

Blogging Tips and Tricks:
Web Blog Basics Blogs - Anatomy
Blogs for Learning
valuating Blogging
logging Best Practices
Top 10 Blog Writing Tips

Since this is a class about blogging, we thought you might want to do a little, well, blogging. So, if you were to integrate blogs or blogging into your curriculum or professional development, how do you think you would most likely do that?

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Lee Anne