Teaching K-2 Students about Attribution

The topic of the week for the Student Blogging Challenge is Creative Commons. I love this topic! In Tracy-utopia, all teachers and students would partake in this challenge! If I was a K-2 classroom teacher, here’s how I’d approach this challenge: 1) I’d use Linda Yollis’ idea of having students do artwork, then hang them on […]

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Voting for AJUSD Blog Finalists in Edublog Awards

The Edublog Awards were created to raise awareness for educational use of blogs and social media in the classroom. It’s exciting to have several AJUSD bloggers make it to the shortlist of finalists for voting! Voting You can vote for as many as you’d like in each category. Your vote only counts once. The voting […]

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SMES Classroom Blogs and PD

One of my highlights of the week was working in Susan Rabe’s Kindergarten Class because her students were excited to compose quality comments on two blogs. It’s rewarding for me because at this point, I barely do anything, and get to reap the rewards of watching Mrs. Rabe work with her students on quality commenting. […]

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Student Blogging Challenge #3

The theme of this week’s challenge is A week in the life of… and it can be interpreted in many ways and allows you to share the awesome learning going on in your classroom no matter what you teach. For example, Em wrote this post last Thursday, and just added a few sentences in the beginning […]

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Student Blogging Challenge #2

There are several classrooms in our district participating in the Student Blogging Challenge, so the question that I often am asked is, “What are some tips for management of the Student Blogging Challenge?” It changes a little from week to week, based on the challenge. Here’s some ideas for this week’s challenge: Activity 1: How […]

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Blogging with Elementary Students

The school district has given you your blog, and you’ve set up your profile; customized the theme; and added a few key widgets (Pages, Categories, Recent Posts, Recent Comments, Archive, Search, ClustrMap, and Subscribe by email). Introducing Students to Your Blog So the next step is introducing the students to your blog. I like to […]

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Blogging First Steps

So, you asked the district to give you a blog. Now what? Here’s how to get started: Learn a little about what a blog is Understand the benefits of blogging Decide how you want to use the blog (will the teacher write the posts, or will students write the posts?) Set up your profile Customize […]

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Subscribe by Email Widget

I’ve recently been asked how to place the Subscribe by Email widget on our Campus Blogs. Here’s how: 1. From the Dashboard, click on “Appearance”, then select “Widgets.” 2. Find the “Subscribe by Email” widget. 3. Pull that widget over to the sidebar. 4. Click save. Do you have any questions about how to add […]

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Images for our AJUSD Campus Blogs

I learned about installing the Compfight plugin on our AJUSD Campus Blogs through the Student Blogging Challenge. Compfight is a Flickr search tool for Creative Commons and public domain images. Here’s how to use it: The image you chose and the attribution is placed in your post: Photo Credit: Theophilos Papadopoulos via Compfight So easy! […]

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How do I embed HTML on my website or blog?

I am often asked, “How do I embed HTML on my website or blog?” This post will walk you through how to do it. Step 1: Copy the Embed Code. Step 2: I remember wishing there was a sign saying, “Insert HERE” to guide where to paste the HTML code — and that’s when this […]

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