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Using Blogging in a Classroom Environment

There are so many things that are not understood about
blogs.
We are going to discuss one fact that most people do not
realize: blogs can be used as highly effective educational
tools. They will offer a complete freedom for individuals to
publish web content and will make a classroom a lot better
than it is.
However, this can only happen if blogging is properly utilized.
Everything starts with choosing web builder tutorials and
platform. Based on most professionals, starting a blog is
easier with WordPress so this is what you want to use. Then,
you want to think about the following tips to make blogging a
huge part of the classroom.
Offer Expectations and Guidelines
It is really important that clear expectations and guidelines are
set so that the student can know what to expect. As an
example, you may not allow students to use their photos on a
blog page. You may force the student to get a written
permission from one of the parents in order to allow a blog to
be open. All the guidelines can be updated and published on a
main class blog. That leads by example and allows the
parents and students to see important information about what
is to be done.
Integrate The Classroom Curriculum Into Blogging
You can easily use blogging all across the classroom’s
curriculum. For all topics from history to science, blogging can
take complete literacy.
Improving Writing Skills
One of the big parts of blogging is, of course, writing. As a
blogger you need knowledge about the subject you blog about
and proper writing skills. This is true even if you use blogging
in a math class. Besides talking about blogging and teaching
your subject, you have to teach grammar and writing. In many
situations you can get away with it when you allow 10
minutes per class to cover an important writing related point.
That would make the student a better writer and blogging
would be even more efficient in the classroom.
Discussing And Encouraging Commenting
One of the disregarded but highly important parts of any blog
is the comments section. You want to encourage your
students to learn how to properly comment and how to
properly respond to comments. In this case you can lead by
example. Have a blog with a couple of posts on it and make
the students comment based on the offered criteria. Always
provide feedback about how the student manages his own
comments section so that a better experience can be created.
Always Be Realistic
It is not easy to build a blog. This is something that you have
to take into account. The goals and deadlines need to be
small. As an example, one class can be started off by a focus
on a topic where a student would contribute to a post while
under supervision. Always choose a subject that brings in
passion from the student. As an example, you can encourage
building a blog that talks about endangered species or about
healthy eating. When you have a classroom blog, you can
always take everything one topic at a time. Students have to
build skills and this only happens when they are passionate
about what they write.
Encourage Subscriptions To Other Blogs
You want to read other student and classroom blogs. This
would encourage commenting and would offer great examples
of a blog that is finished and suitable. It can also give you
some ideas about what to write about. In fact, professionals
often read other blogs in order to get new topic ideas.
Always Stay Consistent
Studies show that the future of real estate is bright but only
for those agents that remain consistent. Blogging is exactly
the same. You cannot expect to have a lot of traffic on a blog
if you are not consistent. You want people that come back
and if there are no new posts to see every time they visit,
there is no reason for them to come back.
In blogging you have to keep expanding and building. The
start should be around 1 or 2 posts per week. Blog
submission can be increased gradually when the students
become more comfortable with what is to be done.
Avoid Plagiarism At All Costs
Most students do not know much about plagiarism and do
not understand why it is a bad thing. You have to explain this
as a teacher. It is vital that a student would only contribute
his/her own work. This includes images. Copyright free images
are always a necessity. Do monitor plagiarism and openly talk
about it. Focus on the fact that the student will not learn
anything through classroom blogging if plagiarism appears.
Blogger Networking Should Be Encouraged
You should always encourage global and local collaboration .
This is done by allowing students and encouraging them to
follow other bloggers and student blogs. Keep in mind that it
is a really good idea to allow the student to choose what blog
to follow but a set criteria list should be added in order to aid
with this selection.
Do Not Forget About Social Media
Initially, blogs were a part of social networks. Nowadays, they
are not always connected with running and maintaining a
blog. This is a mistake that many make. You want to always
increase classroom blog membership by using social media
websites like Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. With this
particular part of the promotion, word of mouth stands out as
the most effective promotion method.
Encourage Patience
Blogging is new in the classroom environment. As with all the
new ventures, a learning curve exists. You need to create a
number of blogs while monitoring the classroom. However,
there is a strong possibility that the students will really enjoy
blogging so patience should not be a huge problem.
Traditional classrooms are changing all around the world.
Since most future careers will require really strong computer
skills, it is a good idea to use classroom blogging. Just make
sure that blogging is fun and creative. Freedom should be
available while taking into account everything else mentioned
above.

Praguepost.com

WhatsApp Update 2.12.365 for Android Now Available for Download, See Features & More Details Here

The latest WhatsApp update for Android is now available
for download. Developers of WhatsApp has been working
endlessly to provide the best service to their users.
Recently, they released WhatsApp Update 2.12.365 for
Android, which aims to fix bugs and provide several fixes
for the said application.
According to Neurogadget , WhatsApp is releasing two new
updates because of the overwhelming number of reported
bugs by its users. Currently, there is an available WhatsApp
update on Google PlayStore that can be downloaded by its
users. However, they are also trying to improve WhatsApp
2.12.365 version for Android, which will be made available
online but not on their official website.

Despite not having an official statement about the latest
WhatsApp update 2.12.365 for Android, the said update is
known to be smaller in size cutting it from 23.25 MB to
19.87 MB. Features that have been removed were not
revealed, but considering the size, it will probably contain
bug fixes.
New features may not even be included as the size is
deemed to be too small. If ever there’s an additional
update, it may have something to do with the option to
back up chats on Google Drive in all platforms and not just
selected devices.
The current WhatsApp Update 2.12.365 is merely an
enhancement of what’s already been previewed on its beta
version. These improvements are all based from user
feedback, which is why the current WhatsApp Update
2.12.365 mostly contains improvement based on what has
been negatively encountered from using the app.
Currently, WhatsApp’s latest updates include the popular
emoji, which shows different emotions coming from
different symbols of animals, fruits, etc. WhatsApp chat
runs on a wireless network, which makes it so popular to
users because of its free call and text messaging feature.
Neurogadget was able to feature the previous version of
WhatsApp, version 2.12.364, which contains a feature that
allows users to save chat history in the Cloud. This was
made available only on selected devices at the time of its
release. With the new WhatsApp update 2.12.365, there
may be a chance that it will be implemented on all devices.
Have you noticed the different changes made by the
WhatsApp update? What do you think has been the most
useful feature of the app since it was created? Comment
below and see what others think of the app.

Latinpost.com

What is Twitter – A Beginners Guide for Teachers and First Time Users

A lof of you have been hearing a lot of buzz about Twitter and may want to join but don’t know how different it is from Facebook and other Social Media Networks.
In this post i basically describe the basics of Twitter and all the fundamentals for teachers.

What is Twitter?
Twitter is a social network just like Facebook, Google+ and the rest. It is a service for friends, family,
and coworkers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent messages. People post Tweets, which may contain photos, videos, links and up to 140 characters of text. These messages are posted to your profile, sent to your followers , and are searchable on
Twitter search.

What’s a Tweet?
Just as we refer to status updates or posts on Facebook, Twitter refers to status updates or posts as tweets. A Tweet is any message posted to Twitter which may contain photos, videos, links and up to 140 characters of text. Once you’ve signed up, just type your first Tweet in the update box. Twitter will even count the characters for you! Then you Click the Tweet button to post the update to your profile.

Status updates or Tweets are limited to 140 characters.
Unlike other social networks where you can post more words, Twitter limits posts to 140 characters.
The standard text message
length in most places is 160
characters per message. Twitter reserves 20 characters for people’s names, and the other 140 are for every tweet/post of yours. So you have to be creative in your tweets to be able to say  a lot in fewer words.

What is follow?
What does it mean to follow
someone on Twitter?
On Facebook we friend people. On Twitter we follow people. Follow means basically to friend a person. Following someone means you’ve chosen to subscribe to their Twitter updates. When you follow someone, every time they post a new message, it will appear on your Twitter home page, just as updates appear in your newsfeed on Facebook.

How do I find people to follow?
When you create an account, you can search for people by name or @ username, import friends from other networks, or invite friends via email . You can also follow some of the people Twitter will suggest to you automatically.

How do I know who I’m following( who i have friend?)
After you click the ‘Follow’ button on someone’s profile, you’re following them. You can see a list of people you’re following by clicking on the following link on your profile page or on your home page’s sidebar.

How do I know who is following me(who has friend me?)
Twitter sends you notification on from your Twitter mobile app( that is if you download the Twitter Mobile App) any time someone new follows you. Twitter also sends you an email when someone new follows you. You can set up your email preferences to notify you when you have a new follower. The ‘Followers ‘ link on your profile page or home page’s sidebar will also tell you who is following you.

Who reads my updates?
Your followers read your updates/tweets. If your Tweets are public, anyone who runs a search for a keyword in your Tweet may be able to see that message. Your Tweets are public by default; if you’re hesitant to have people you may not know read your
updates, you can protect your Tweets to approve followers and keep your updates out of search.

How can I send updates to Twitter?
You can tweet from twitter.com, from your phone, or from
an application.

What’s a Retweet (RT)?
A Retweet is a Tweet that you forward to your followers.

What are Direct Messages (DM)?
Direct Messages are private
messages sent from one Twitter user to other Twitter users; they do not appear in public for anyone else to read. The messages appear in the inbox of the recipient on Twitter. You can start a conversation with anyone who follows you.

What are replies?
If a message begins with @
username, meaning it was directed to another user, it is a reply. Click the Reply button on another person’s Tweet to reply to it. Please note that if your Tweets are protected, users who are not following you will not see your replies or mentions.

What is the difference between a
reply and a Direct Message?
A reply is a public message sent
regardless of follow-ship. Anyone
can view it (if your Tweets are
public). A Direct Message is a private message, and can only be seen by the sender and intended recipients.

What is a Retweet (RT)?
A Retweet is a Tweet that you
forward to your followers. It can be your own tweet or tweets of others.

With this basic guide i hope you now know some basics of Twitter and you won’t find it difficult using it. Register and follow us on Twitter for more insights at http://twitter.com/ghteacherdiary

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