Sunday, November 4, 2012

Episode #5: Classroom Blogging… For Real... Finally!

Featuring Host, Mark Gura’s in-depth interview with Jeff Piontek, author of Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts, Oh My! Electronic Media in the Classroom

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This episode features an article with Jeff Piontek, former Director and founder of the Hawaii Technology Academy and keynote speaker at a recent ISTE conference. Jeff has spent many years conceiving and implementing effective instructional approaches that feature the use of blogs and he shares his experience and reflections about that and more in this insightful conversation.

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Part I: INTRODUCTION - Discussion of Classroom Blogging and related resources, practices, and articles Overview Discussion of Classroom Blogging -
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Mark’s recent articles: 1. Learning & Leading with Technology: LEGO Robotics: STEM Sport of the Mind”
2. Scanner: "Down from the Hallway Bulletin Board - Up on the Web: Using Technology to Build a School-wide Community of Peer Writers and Readers"

Watch for the upcoming ISTE Literacy and Technology book (title not yet set). This book picks up where (the of now out of print) Making Literacy Magic Happen left off…to be released in the not too distant future
Articles discussed in this episode:
4. Blog Basics – Oxford University Press
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Blogging in the classroom: why your students should write online – The Guardian Teacher Network Article
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Google classroom blogging resources
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6. Top 20 Teacher Blogs / Scholastic Instructor magazine
7. Using Blogs in the Classroom 
(From above) Additional educational blogging resources:
Teaching Today – Using Blogs to Integrate Technology in the Classroom
My eCoach – Classroom Blogs
Examples of classroom blogs
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a.    Krebs Class Blog:
.    KIDBLOG: 
c.    SCRATCH authoring program: ...also…
d.    ALICE authoring program: 
Part I: INTERVIEW with Jeff Piontek, Author of Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts, Oh My! Electronic Media in the Classroom
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·         Jeff’s Website:  
·         Jeff’s Book: Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts, Oh My! Electronic Media in the Classroom
·         Jeff’s Article – Blogging in the Big Apple:
Host, Mark Gura’s site and blog:  +

Please check back for more episodes soon, including Episode 6, which will feature my in-depth interview with popular young peoples’ author, Andrea Davis Pinkney. Ms. Pinkney is the author Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra , Bird in a Box, Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down, and many other really good books kids will love.