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Tips for writing a blog post

It is the start of our school year and i have been talking with teachers about some of their class activities. We have had some year 9 students in English classes respond to literature – novels and poetry, in class blog. We are always tinkering with how we present the idea of a blog to the students.

Whilst looking for new ides to add to my collection of information about blogging I came across the following infographic below, “10 Elements Of Style Of Post Writing“. It was on Marko Saric’s  HowToMakeMyBlog  It offers some good advice for bloggers based  on a book about writing recommended by author Stephen King, The Elements of Style by Strunk and White. The post and infographic has some rules of grammar and most of it is a good guide for anyone who has an interest in writing in general, not just writing for a blog.  These writing tips could improve writing by making content more coherent and interesting for any readers.

I have added it to me digital folio of useful tips for class blogging and will be using these tips with our students.

10 Elements Of Writing Style [Infographic]
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Why teachers should start curating information

In the last school year many of the teachers I worked with did not understand when I talked about curation or the need for them to learn about it. The following infographic offers a nice practical way to introduce the topic and how it might be useful to them. How-Teachers-Can-Start-Curating-Information-Infographic Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics

John Flanagan on his Ranger’s Apprentice series

These books are well-loved and the final book was a fitting end to the series and Will’s story.

John Flanagan has often answered questions about his books via YouTube. Below are two recent videos offer some insight into what he is thinking and answer a few of the questions fans are asking. I will use them in our library next year to remind our readers about the books/series.

The first short video was done in answer to why he finished the series

And will there be a movie?

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Crowd Accelerated Innovation by gcouros, on Flickr
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Teaching Digital Citizenship in context

Teachable Moments for Digital Citizenship is a really useful infographic from a post by Nancy White – @NancyW.

She created it when she was looking for a resource about the importance of modeling good digital literacy skills for students. She explains that teaching digital citizenship as a separate curriculum is ok but finding the moments when they need the skill as part of undertaking a task, where the principles of digital citizenship can be applied, is the best way for them to learn and understand.

Allied to this infographic is a presentation (at the bottom of the post) where Nancy explained different aspects of digital citizenship called “9 Elements or themes of Digital Citizenship”. This presentation was created to explain digital literacy to parents but is a useful way to explain the concepts to fellow educators. These elements were:

  1. Digital Access
  2. Digital Commerce
  3. Digital Communication
  4. Digital Literacy
  5. Digital Etiquette
  6. Digital Law
  7. Digital Rights and Responsibilities
  8. Digital Health and Wellness
  9. Digital Security

The infographic uses the above themes and then puts them into a classroom context. It offers some direction for teachers who are working with students on particular tasks. It helps to map out what areas will be covered when students are asked to undertake each digital activity. It really goes without saying really that teachers must also show their students what’s expected of them. The themes need to be discussed with students when needed, allowing them to ask questions and explore ideas in a real situation. The final point that teachers,  and all responsible adults really,  need to model good digital citizenship themselves if they want young people to take these ideas on board I can’t agree with more completely. I have found with all things that if you say one thing but do another, you students will not take you or your message seriously.

Whilst many of the themes can recur in more than one context, Nancy has matched the most likely themes with the appropriate context:

  • Read: digital literacy and digital access
  • Watch: digital health and wellness and digital literacy
  • Find: digital access and digital literacy
  • Record: digital etiquette, digital rights and responsibilities also leading on to discussions about digital footprints and cyberbullying 
  • Curate: digital law and digital literacy
  • Connect: digital communication and digital safety and security
  • Collaborate: digital etiquette and digital communication
  • Create: digital rights and responsibilities and digital commerce
  • Write: digital communication and digital law

Teachable Moments for Digital Citizenshi

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