Blogs

Disclosure: I use this wiki page to accumulate links that aid my personal learning and that of my students.







Here is what a top executive does to keep up with what's going on in the world.

Admiral James Stavridis: What I Read
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2012/08/natos-supreme-allied-commander-europe-james-stavridis-what-i-read/55626/


BLOGS: FIRST STEPS

Spend a few minutes watching this video:
http://www.commoncraft.com/blogs

"Understanding and Reading a Blog (for Newcomers)"
http://www.dvorak.org/blog/primer/blogprimer1.htm



Several blog examples:

1. An award-winning blog--produced by Mrs. Linda Yollis and her third-grade (!!) class.
http://yollisclassblog.blogspot.com

2. A feeble blog--produced by me: The Learning Professor
http://thelearningprofessor.blogspot.com/

3. Great advice from one of the best bloggers: Richard Byrne
"All My Blogging Advice in One Place" (Richard Byrne in his Free Technology for Teachers blog)
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/03/all-of-my-blogging-advice-in-one-place.html

4. Why do you blog?
theedublogger.com/2013/01/24/why-are-you-blogging-guest-post/



Here are several blogs I subscribe to in my own Google Reader:

Richard Byrne. Free Technology for Teachers.
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/

Vicki Davis. Cool Cat Teacher
http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/

Pastor Ron Edmonson
http://www.ronedmondson.com/

Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day
http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/

Edudemic
http://edudemic.com/

HomeWord Daily Devotional
http://www.homeword.com/daily_devotional.php



HOW TO FIND OTHER INTERESTING BLOGS

Here are some ways you can determine what other blogs/websites you might want to subscribe to:

1. Google Blog Search
http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en

Use some of the following search terms:

Elementary school teacher
First grade teacher
Second grade teacher
Sixth grade teacher
Social Work
High school English teacher
Athletic Training

2. Regular Google Search
http://www.google.com/

Use some of the following search terms:

Top blogs by category
Top fitness blogs
Top football blogs
Top wedding blogs
First grade teacher blog [etc.]
High school English teacher blogs
High school math teacher blogs
High school U.S. History teacher blogs

Here are some results that came from those search terms

Social Work Blogs
http://www.socialworkblogs.info/

Top 15 music education blogs
http://www.onlinedegrees.org/top-15-music-education-blogs/

25 Best math blogs for students in the classroom
http://www.onlinedegrees.org/25-best-math-blogs-for-college-students/

Top 25 world languages blogs
http://www.onlinedegrees.org/top-25-world-languages-blogs/

Top 20 art blogs for educators
http://www.onlinedegrees.org/top-20-art-blogs-for-educators/

Top 25 creative writing blogs for students
http://www.onlinedegrees.org/top-25-creative-writing-blogs-for-students/

25 Best Chemistry blogs for college students
http://www.onlinedegrees.org/25-best-chemistry-blogs-for-college-students/

Top Ten Graduate Student Blogs
http://www.onlinedegrees.org/top-10-graduate-student-blogs/

Nursing Blogs
http://msndegree.net/2010/top-25-pediatric-nursing-blogs/

3. Blog Rolls

When you have a few good blogs you like, work your way through the Blog Roll of what that blogger selects for himself/herself.

Here is an example from my own blog:
http://thelearningprofessor.blogspot.com/

4. Websites

Go to the website itself.
Look for the RSS or XML thingy.
Click on it.
Copy the URL on the page that opens.
Paste that URL into the ADD SUBSCRIPTIONS box in Google Reader.

Let's try adding a feed from USA TODAY:

Go to the main USA TODAY website
http://www.usatoday.com/

Scroll all the way to the bottom and click on "RSS"

Scroll down on the RSS feed page to TECH and select Personal Tech

Then watch how I can add that feed to my own Google Reader.




BLOG

Thanks to _ for the tip.

Tags: Remember to tag each post.

HTML for a basic link:
<a href="http://URL">Text</a>

Ask for responses:
1. I would love to hear your experiences.
2. Tell us how you handle this type of situation.
3. This is my favorite way to handle the situation. What's yours?
4. What did I miss, leave out, overlook

Openings:
1. A question
2. A statistic
3. State a need you have yourself
4. A quote



BLOGS: COMMENTING

I want us to learn how the process of commenting on blogs: why it is done, how to do it physically, what to look for in good comments.

Google Help
http://www.google.com/support/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=42399

Mrs. Linda Yollis devoted one of her wiki pages to developing commenting skills
http://educational-blogging.wikispaces.com/How+To+Teach+Commenting+Skills

Liz Castro. Her blog, Pigs, Gourds, and Wikis, has an excellent post on "How to add comments to a blog post"
http://www.pigsgourdsandwikis.com/2008/11/how-to-add-comments-to-blog-post.html

1. Google Blogger
How do I leave comments on a blog?
http://www.google.com/support/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=42399

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2. Darren Rowse (Pro Blogger)
Leave Comments in Other Blogs
http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/04/25/leave-comments-on-other-blogs/