February 16, 2014

#txeduchat - @bkuhl2you chats about Blogging

  1. Hi everyone, welcome to #txeduchat! Tonight we have @bkuhl2you hosting on blogging! Get ready for a great chat!
  2. WELCOME to #txeduchat - tonight we have our guest host @bkuhl2you but first things first: Where are you from, what do you teach?
  3. Tracy Kriese, Austin, Texas. 7th grade ELA, 120 kids, no block...52 min. periods #TXEduChat
  4. My first #txeduchat! So excited about the topic of blogging! Hi, I'm Heidi, a 4th grade teacher from Merton, WI (~30 miles west of Mil.)
  5. Christy Valyou, K-5 Reading Specialist, Geneva, IL Excited to talk about blogging! #txeduchat
  6. Jana - Texas - Instructional Technologist. Working closely with a 1:1 iPad MS campus. #txeduchat
  7. Hello from TX (pardon my tweets for the next hour for #txeduchat) school librarian & adj Lib Sci instructor here @bkuhl2you welcome all
  8. @PNetherly I rely on my DVR to record The Walking Dead, so I can attend #txeduchat!
  9. Elem P in north Dallas. Multing with chat and Olympics #TXEduChat
  10. I'm Stacie Strategic Design Coach-So excited to learn more about blogging #txeduchat
  11. @mrskriese106 Welcome Tracy! Really glad you joined us tonight. You shared your blog this weekend - hope you will again #txeduchat
  12. I'm Ben Kuhlman, middle school literacy and social studies teacher in the Chicago area. Love blogs -writing them, teaching them, #TXEduChat
  13. Good evening #txeduchat ! I teach high school French in Columbia, SC. Love this topic!
  14. #txeduchat I'm Allison a primary teacher from Dallas joining in this evening
  15. Kirsten Wilson, IT coach for 4 elementary campuses and 1 MS, Northwest ISD, N. Ft. Worth, TX #txeduchat Happy to be here!
  16. Hi #txeduchat! Grechen here! Will be in & out. Enjoying some beef stew tonight :P #yum
  17. @janamac Welcome Jana! We are glad to see you again. It will be fun to learn with @bkuhl2you tonight on #txeduchat
  18. Mitch from Indiana. 1st grade teacher and co-lead teacher for technology #txeduchat
  19. #txeduchat Brian from Long Island. I teach HS Eng and run Talks with Teachers podcast +website
  20. We will be using the standard Q and A format. I will tweet numbered questions with a Q - please respond with A1, etc. #TXEduChat
  21. Hi #txeduchat, Jennifer Miller, district tech coordinator for 1:1 district, PhD learning tech student, STEM advocate
  22. I'm Paul Solarz, a 5th grade teacher from Arlington Heights, Illinois. #txeduchat
  23. @schantzmarilou Welcome Marilou. Glad to see you in the chat! Some of our participants are from OK! #txeduchat
  24. Tim, 4th & 5th grade teacher in Maine. Looking forward to #TXEduchat tonight.
  25. We recommend that you use a program like tweetdeck, tweetchat, twubs, hootsuite, or tweetcaster (on a tablet) to contribute. #TXEduChat
  26. Great to see many familiar faces tonight on #txeduchat. It's almost time for Question #1 but remember to use the hashtag on your answers!!
  27. Pulled in by @bkuhl2you. Looking forward to joining #txeduchat tonight. Scott, K-4 music teacher from NJ. Please pardon the HTS.
  28. Hello #txeduchat! This is Brian Brown, district tech director from Melissa, TX
  29. @kodable Sounds good - nice on a freezing night . . . great to have you! #TXEduChat
  30. #TXEduChat kaylin -Secondary instructional coach. New to blogging just here to learn.
  31. Join #altedchat Wednesday February 26 at 7pm central time to discuss issues in alternative education! #txeduchat #blogchat #alg1chat #sced
  32. Got my tweet deck all set. I have been doing #txeduchat from my phone the past few weeks. Crazy!! #txeduchat
  33. #txeduchat Su Brusco LISD tech coach. Looking forward to talking about blogging
  34. If you miss something, don't worry - I'm sure someone will have an archive together. Little help, @txeduchat? #TXEduChat
  35. By the way, I might switch to my evil twin @bkuhl3you at some point if I get stuck in Twitter jail. (Watch out for that guy.) #TXEduChat
  36. We will use the Q1: A1: format for Questions and Answers tonight. Without further delay - @bkuhl2you please get us started #txeduchat
  37. @jaherbel @PNetherly So great to have our wonderful past hosts back in the chat, welcome back to #txeduchat!
  38. Welcome, everyone! Thanks for joining us! And if you're out there lurking, feel free to jump in! #TXEduChat
  39. @mwholloway Welcome Matt! Really glad you joined us from Region 13 ESC! Our Service Centers make us stronger - Like our PLNs #txeduchat
  40. @PaulSolarz PS. If anyone wants to see some great resources, check out Paul's weebly. #txeduchat
  41. @bkuhl2you Not freezing here, but still good. The smell is driving me crazy! Been cooking in the crock pot all day! #txeduchat
  42. It might take @bkuhl2you a while to dig out from all of the tweets, but I'm here to steer the ship in case of emergencies. #TXEduChat
  43. Q1 - What are the advantages/disadvantages of blogging over other types of writing? #TXEduChat
  44. A1: Adv: Very authentic writing experience for Ss. Disadv: If they don’t get comments, can be disappointing. #txeduchat
  45. Hi there, Stacey here. Interested to join the chat. #txeduchat
  46. @txeduchat awesome to be here, twitter chats are incredibly powerful! #txeduchat
  47. Charles, IT & college government...already in chat mode :) #TXEduChat
  48. A1 Student engagement--the excitement of seeing work published fosers participation #txeduchat
  49. My students who struggle with reading/writing have been incredibly motivated by authentic audience/connections with peers #txeduchat
  50. @JennGRoach Hey Jen, how was the initial #nbtchat, tonight? Lurked on the prechat. Looked interesting. #txeduchat
  51. A1- it gives students an authentic audience! More motivation to write! #TXEduChat
  52. @bkuhl2you We archive the chat on  http://txeduchat.com  so don't worry if the chat is moving a little fast... #txeduchat
  53. A1 For students, blogging provides a wider audience & is more authentic. Opportunity to make connections & generate dialogue #TXEduchat
  54. Pro: Cultivate personal brand, PLN, etc. Cons: Public, time consuming. #txeduchat
  55. A1 - Advantages = reflection, clarity, discussion. Disadvantages = misunderstanding, misrepresentation. #txeduchat
  56. Hi #txeduchat I'm Kathy from Indianapolis, IN- Common Core Coach
  57. #txeduchat A1 advantages authentic writing for an audience, feedback from a variety of readers, Ss write at a higher level for audience
  58. A1- kids add their voice, are engaged and have fun! Sharing to the world then builds pride #txeduchat
  59. We would especially like to see specific blog posts about using blogs w/your students! #TXEduChat #EdTechChat #TeachWriting
  60. A1. From a teacher's point of view blogging makes it easier for me to stay connected, motivated, and share ideas. #txeduchat
  61. A1: Advantage-required reflection.Disadvantage-brings out the perfectionist in me. Takes a bit more time that private journaling. #txeduchat
  62. A1 - Authentic Audience! My students' writing & ePortfolio entries reach students & others around the world! Parents comment too! #txeduchat
  63. Adam, Drama teacher from Wisconsin…but thought I'd see what's happening in TX tonight :) Probably a lot warmer than here! #TXEduChat
  64. @bkuhl2you @PaulSolarz Tone, which can be key, is hard to convey depending on the subject. However, it also allows for nuance. #txeduchat
  65. A1) Feedback is the #1 advantage of blogging over other types of writing. #txeduchat
  66. @kbroadli Hi, Kathy glad to see you tonight! The chat should be really rich with content - we archive at  http://txeduchat.com  #txeduchat
  67. #txeduchat A1 primary class started blogging this year huge jump in engagement for writing DA: different reading levels make it challenging
  68. A1: Blogging allows for more student choice and creativity. #txeduchat
  69. A2: Blogging allows for written reflection with embedding of video, web 2.0 tools, branding to reach wider audience, global #txeduchat
  70. A1: Also allows for students to develop their ideas...comments from the readers help them dig deeper #txeduchat
  71. A1 #TXEduChat Blogging provides Ss the opportunity to engage their community in their learning. #Stuvoice
  72. @txeduchat looking forward to entering the world of blogging in the classroom. Eager to learn #txeduchat
  73. A1: Adv: Ss love getting feedback from around the globe & their parents. Disadvantages? ....uh I got nothin' #txeduchat
  74. Good point @PaulSolarz comments from parents & global community show purpose for digital citizenship #txeduchat #blogging
  75. @4BetterEducatio All in all, I'd say a huge success.It was WAY faster than I'd prepared for. Thanks for asking! Next week!?! #txeduchat
  76. #txeduchat A1: blogging allows for asynchronous interaction about writing, pictures, videos, etc. Great for authentic feedback.
  77. A1: Individual student reflection; distilling of thoughts to present to the public eye #txeduchat
  78. A1: Give Ss ownership of their learning and reflection. Teaches them digital citizenship. And connects them to a larger audience #txeduchat
  79. A1: I feel a special connection to Ss when I respond personally to their blogs. Better than comments on paper #txeduchat
  80. @RachelOtt_ I love having my students record podcasts of their writing on blogs to clarify tone & voice:  http://psolarz.weebly.com/podcasts.html  #txeduchat
  81. A1 #TXEduchat Blogging also celebrates S creativity. Screenshots, embedded video, & text can all be part of a post.
  82. A1: Disadvantage--Ss start to compare, then criticize themselves. Some drop out of blogging, want to hide #txeduchat
  83. #txeduchat A1: Disadv:From a world lang perspective,hard for beginners to really inspire discussion. Advantage:Real-world preparation.
  84. @USMDrama Yes and I believe that digital citizenship is a transferable skill to Democratic citizenship #txeduchat
  85. @mrskriese106 Great point - sometimes writing in public can be intimidating. We should talk about strategies to overcome that. #TXEduChat
  86. @MrsKotchounian @txeduchat me too!! As progressive a teacher as I am, this is an area I seem to be struggling with #txeduchat
  87. @amysoupy I totally agree with that, Amy! Plus it's really easy to do. It's so 21st century! :) #txeduchat
  88. A1: My students complain when I say we are going to write...but when I say we are going to BLOG, they CHEER! So engaging. #txeduchat
  89. Be careful on Tumblr, an innocent search can give no so innocent results if you don't monitor it carefully! #lessonlearned #txeduchat
  90. @bkuhl2you A2: Disadvantages of blogging: So many topics, so little time. Tone & professionalism when matched w/passion.#txeduchat
  91. @msfrenchteach From an ELL perspective, too. Lots of embarrassment about how their writing looks sometimes. #TXEDUCHAT
  92. @amysoupy Students love when you comment on their blog it is more meaningful than ink on paper to them. #digitallearners #txeduchat
  93. Many of my students received 30+ comments from people around the world on their first passion projects:  http://psolarz.weebly.com/passion-projects.html  #txeduchat
  94. @bkuhl2you @mrskriese106 Yes I think the hard part of continual writing and reflecting is growing publicly #txeduchat
  95. Did I answer incorrectly?! Yikes! Is this about student blogging, specifically? #txeduchat
  96. Has anyone offered use of pen name for really shy kids? #txeduchat
  97. A1: I find my Ss try much harder on their writing when they know that it's going on their blog…which the world will see! #TXEduChat
  98. @PaulSolarz @RachelOtt_ We do something a little similar with recording on video of the iPads #txeduchat
  99. @JennGRoach Both - but we're starting with student bloggin. It's okay, we won't make you leave - yet. #TXEduChat
  100. @JenniferMiller9 That is key-Continuing conversation. I focus on teaching conversation builders not comment killers. #txeduchat
  101. @JennGRoach Quite possible, thanks for asking. Same time as #21stedchat. Tough for me to keep up with 2, but will try. #txeduchat
  102. #txeduchat Blogging allows for the sharing of a multitude of products but pencil and paper only permit the written word.
  103. @PaulSolarz #txeduchat love the passion project idea, blogging is only as effective as the message that's being blogged :)
  104. @bruscos Easier to be an "artist" when the Internet helps out with the pictures, too. #TXEduChat
  105. @mrskriese106 I can see this happening. How about the S who struggles with spelling and organizing thoughts? #txeduchat
  106. @T_HEB Absolutely. Comprehensible imput doesn't just come from words. Great opp for kids to make meaning with visuals as well! #txeduchat
  107. Q2 - What has been the most effective blogging assignment or task you’ve given? Least effective? #TXEduChat
  108. @txeduchat @amysoupy Probably because the comments are public now. They don't have to show of. It's just out there. #txeduchat
  109. @rondorland I am new at this..I hope that it will make them take more ownership of their learning #txeduchat
  110. @mrskriese106 Haven't seen kids drop out yet. I work with K-5 kids..how old are your students? #txeduchat
  111. @rondorland @amysoupy ye sthey do and they soon intuit that writing is communicating 1st and foremost #txeduchat
  112. @JennGRoach Negative to a positive here; taking more time requires us to reflect even more, makes the learning more powerful. #txeduchat
  113. A2 - My students have done best when they're doing something structured, with clear goals. Total freedom hasn't worked well. #TXEduChat
  114. A2: My first assignment was a failure! Thought the Ss knew how to use technology….they don't. Well, not for ed purposes at least! #TXEduChat
  115. @NatashaRRivera @mrskriese106 I think having others read helps them to see that they are not communicating& beg to value org #txeduchat
  116. #txeduchat A2: LE writing and responding to math story problems dependent on one another ME: Reflection of kind words
  117. A2- least effective are assigned.Most successful are students showing off thinking/ learning #TXEduChat
  118. A2: Once a wk after blogging assignment, I require my Ss to read & respond to at least 3 classmate’s blogs #txeduchat
  119. @bkuhl2you #txeduchat Yes,that creates teachable moments.When we did blog, feasible topics for ability & finding readers were yhe challenge.
  120. @nathan_stevens Pretty sure you’re #twitterfamous too! Ain’t no Twitter chat like a Nathan Twitter chat! ;P #txeduchat
  121. @PaulSolarz A2: @RachelOtt_ Love it! My Ss were very surprised upon listening to themselves read! #txeduchat
  122. @StaceyBTeach We have a question about that later - so hope to get lots of answers. #TXEduChat
  123. Most effective: free topic, free genre, almost every week. Only requirement--write! If not poem, org into paragraphs #txeduchat
  124. @msfrenchteach Reading/Writing connection is so important. High-interest books to blog about can support writers #txeduchat
  125. @rondorland whoa, this looks like an amazing project! No, learned something new #txeduchat already!
  126. @mrskriese106 Really? My students don't seem to want to write a blog unless I give them a clear task. #TXEduChat
  127. @bkuhl2you @mrskriese106 I find my students are less intimidated than grown ups! I started a blog and have yet to go public.#txeduchat
  128. @RobertRcp111 @mrskriese106 I can see that, but will Ss?I feel it would add so much stress; that's why I've hesitated to start #txeduchat
  129. “@mcnairan3: Saw this earlier today on Twitter.  #txeduchat http://t.co/zja019LoJ2” Really like this, thanks for sharing.
    @mcnairan3: Saw this earlier today on Twitter. #txeduchat pic.twitter.com/zja019LoJ2” Really like this, thanks for sharing.
  130. A2: I love to give my Ss photo writing prompts & let them respond. We also blog & reflect as part of #geniushour. #txeduchat
  131. @USMDrama That's so exciting!! The best learning comes from our failures. Now you'll do it again and it will be FANTASTIC! #txeduchat
  132. Late to the game #txeduchat . @jaysenanderson asst HS principal in the Twin Cities; formerly of El, Paso in my younger days
  133. @christyvalyou @msfrenchteach So true! As a classroom teacher, our blog was a place where we shared the books we were reading! #txeduchat
  134. A2 #TXEduchat Ss most engaged when there is an open invitation AND they think what they are doing is unique/interesting for others.
  135. @bruscos Pencil and paper can create art as well. Just saying.... Seen some amazing artwork from my Ss. #txeduchat
  136. A2 most effective blogging for Ss for me: poetry (short- personal- all successful) #txeduchat @bkuhl2you but I am sure many other tasks...
  137. @bkuhl2you Used Writer's NB first, Atwell's Wrtg Territories, @writeguyjeff Writer's Eye to generate idea bank #txeduchat
  138. @NatashaRRivera @mrskriese106 My background is SPED and Ss w/LD didnt mind but it came from building a culture of acceptance #txeduchat
  139. A2: My most effective blogging assignments on our ePortfolios usually ask my students to include a picture or video of the task. #txeduchat
  140. A2- whatever the assignment online is model one first! #txeduchat
  141. @EnidSchools Smart to advertise for a Supt during #txeduchat - amazing pool of candidates here on Sunday nights.
  142. Closest I ever can to blogging was doing a class wide wiki on college level writing prompts ... Not open to outside though :( #txeduchat
  143. @bkuhl2you @msfrenchteach I agree-xtra layers of support need to be in place to make blogging successful for struggling students #txeduchat
  144. A2: My blogs always have a prompt and the prompt usually has a story behind it. Also, love having my own blog as well. #txeduchat
  145. A2: Just starting to blog. We (Ss) had to first clearly define the purpose of us blogging #TXEduChat
  146. A2 - My least effective blogging assignments on our ePortfolios usually involve asking my students too many reflection questions. #txeduchat
  147. @christyvalyou #txeduchat Yes. Beginner world language students have limitations w/ texts, tho. I am bringing blogs back, tho! #determined
  148. @christyvalyou @bkuhl2you Lost my fear when I realized how very few readers I'd actually have! haha! #txeduchat
  149. Chem teacher;think blogging is way to bring more writing into science class;not just lab reports;anal. of learning for the day #txeduchat
  150. A2: Best blog was having each Ss post an authentic survey quest. thru Google forms. Having people respond and Ss looking @ stats !#txeduchat
  151. A2: As a Drama teacher, my Ss blog about preparations, rehearsal, performance, & reflection. Their performances are posted too! #txeduchat
  152. A2: Best assignment was to have them write and they would have comments awaiting from their favorite book author! #txeduchat
  153. @PaulSolarz love the incorporation into your ePorts... love to know more! #txeduchat
  154. A2) we've used microblogging (Twitter) to chat with local politicians and students in other states #txeduchat
  155. Q3 - How do you help students “dig deep” on their blogs - revise, re-think, evidence/examples, develop complexity? #TXEduChat
  156. @rondorland yes I always like GUided Release of Responsibility I do- We do- You do - then back to WE do as class #txeduchat
  157. @_ShawnaMiller Don't forget to talk about digital citizenship with your Ss. It's important. #txeduchat
  158. Trying out the 100 Word Challenge this week (I'm very excited about this!):  http://100wc.net  #txeduchat
  159. amazing when u spend just a few extra min modelling how much less time u need to explain, reexplain later #txeduchat
  160. @4BetterEducatio Very true! Didn’t think about artwork was thinking mainly about ability to include podcasts, video and the like #txeduchat
  161. My school is now 1:1, so all my Ss can record their performances, upload the video, and share with a larger audience! #txeduchat
  162. VERY Important! @MrsJones_Merton: @_ShawnaMiller Don't forget to talk about digital citizenship with your Ss. It's important. #txeduchat
  163. @bkuhl2you In past two wks, have assigned expository for STAAR warm-up. Any topic, but had to be that genre Disappointed Ss. #txeduchat
  164. Looks like scheduled questions and (scheduled) wit are good, but the real Ben has been put in Twitter jail. Grr. #TXEduChat
  165. @bkuhl2you the only way is to engage in a critical pedagogy where divergent thinking is valued & auth Qs are posed by all #txeduchat
  166. @MrsJones_Merton absolutely! It's embedded in all our conversations.. And modeled. #txeduchat
  167. A3: I always want my Ss to have more developed responses with connections & comparisons in their writiing. We edit all the time! #txeduchat
  168. My Blogging page:  http://cybraryman.com/blogs2.html  Blogging gives even the quietest person (student) a global voice. #txeduchat
  169. @rondorland See work of Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey of San Diego State #txeduchat
  170. #txeduchat A2: Most = freedom to choose topic Least = teacher-defined task, especially at lower levels
  171. A3) Not hard to teach Ss the art of constructive criticism through the use of guiding Qs. Then they want to impress each other. #txeduchat
  172. A3: I struggle with this. I thought that Ss would be better about self-correcting blogs bc it is public. Not so much! #txeduchat
  173. @txeduchat Not blogging yet, but idea of #PBL products being 4 an audience changed quality level... Ss are tough self-critics! #txeduchat
  174. @mrskriese106 No, I haven't, our students only use 1st name anyway. So, it's pretty anonymous to rdrs outside our class #txeduchat
  175. @Thrasymachus Have my Ss tweeting this year, but need to do a better job connecting with other S musicians. #txeduchat
  176. @bkuhl2you Clear expectations & authentic praise…if Ss need to make their work stronger, tell them. Everything can't be "great" #txeduchat
  177. MT @T_HEB A2 #TXEduchat Ss most engaged when there's an open invitation AND they think what they are doing is unique/interesting for others.
  178. #txeduchat Class blog could be a form of shared writing in early elementary grades. Great way to practice b4 going live with indic Ss blogs
  179. @christyvalyou @bkuhl2you Yes, very important to build community. Also, I mix all 5 classes in one list--no "honors" etc. grps #txeduchat
  180. Sorry, that last tweet was supposed to come from here, not the other guy. Getting mixed up. #TXEduChat
  181. A3 - Feedback is key! Students need to hear from you how they are doing & what they can do to improve until it becomes natural. #txeduchat
  182. A3: We spend a lot of time focusing on comments as well as posts. Talk a lot about "meaningful" comments. #txeduchat
  183. absolutey @cybraryman1 All have voices & sometimes the results are surprising! At what age do you recommend Ss begin blogging? #txeduchat
  184. Wondering if anyone uses a Vlog? @linseymtaylor That'd be awesome for your PBL group. #TXEduChat
  185. @MrsJones_Merton Last yr campus prob of practice:critical talking, thinking & writing;upset until progress pointed out;baby steps #txeduchat
  186. @RobertRcp111 @mrskriese106 how about the "world at large?" Do you only post it within your class and parents? #txeduchat
  187. A3: It's like a Twitter chat. Posting your own tweets is great, but responding to others' ideas can be more effective! #txeduchat
  188. Q4 - Do your students blog in a publicly-accessible way? Why/why not? (Feel free to share links!) #TXEduChat
  189. @MrsKotchounian I use Edublogs--third year now. Pay $39; gives all my students many blogging features #txeduchat Booster club reimburses
  190. @valibrarian As long as they understand online safety & can type. Start with paper blogging. Have seen K and 1st gr blogging. #txeduchat
  191. #txeduchat A3: My ss didn't revise when we tried blogging 2 yrs ago, but that is one thing they will do when I bring it back.
  192. A4: We are getting there. Still waiting on a few permission slips. #txeduchat
  193. A4: My Ss blog using Kidblog and it is public. I like that anyone in the world can comment back to them. #txeduchat
  194. Our entire elementary school started blogging last week...every grade, every class. So exciting! #txeduchat
  195. Q4 I've used @edublogs which is public so #digcit imperative- no last names for young bloggers #txeduchat Great for beginners- with...
  196. Great tip. Thank you for sharing! #txeduchat @mrskriese106 Recommends Edublogs at $39 per year.
  197. A4) A blog post is an invitation to a conversation. If no one can read it then they are talking to themselves. #seriously #TXEduChat
  198. @msfrenchteach I have weebly moderators whose job it is every night to tell me what blogs need editing. #txeduchat
  199. @amysoupy You can restrict public access if you want. It defaults to public, though. #TXEduchat
  200. A4) Students need to have access to people from outside their community. Moderate for sure, but share them! #txeduchat
  201. that's awesome, what are they using @mcnairan3: Our entire elementary school started blogging last week... #txeduchat
  202. @mcnairan3 Sounds like someone's administration is on board. Very cool! How'd it go? #txeduchat
  203. @mcnairan3 When they blog is it on a topic they are passionate about or is it assigned? #txeduchat
  204. A2: #txeduchat I believe blogging can totally give anyone the confidence they need to convey their thoughts in a non-threatening manner
  205. @Tom_Kilgore The parents that I have talked to have been very excited & supportive.Started last week so we will see how it goes. #txeduchat
  206. #txeduchat A3: It's going to be a challenge to ask for complexity from novice WL ss especially, but it's a fun problem to explore.
  207. @bkuhl2you I'm also curious about parent permission. Paper blogs for those whose parents are opposed? #txeduchat
  208. #TXEduChat I know blogging has allowed me to add flesh to skeletal notions I operate in...now I wish I would have used with Ss
  209. @MKaulbach Yes! love how it gives the quiet a voice... they have one, just don't want to fight to be heard in classroom arena #txeduchat
  210. We know that the chat is moving fast. The archive will be available and live on  http://txeduchat.com  after we wrap up #txeduchat
  211. @4BetterEducatio It is great to have supportive admin and Ts willing to try new things. Going great so far! #txeduchat
  212. @PaulSolarz: Trying out the 100 Word Challenge this week (I'm very excited about this!):  http://100wc.net  #txeduchat” I'll try it too
  213. Question 5 - coming soon - starting to talk more about teacher blogs now . . . #TXEduChat
  214. a4) I use  http://kidlbog.org  because I want software that gets out of my students' way. They should be writing. #txeduchat
  215. @Thrasymachus It's a great tool - kids can get really engaged in it. And they can share it with just about anyone. #TXEduChat
  216. @teachkiwi Just depends on the teacher & how they decide to use it in their classroom. #txeduchat
  217. @mrskriese106 I'll check these both put and see what may work best for my 7th graders. Thanks for the tips! #txeduchat
  218. Q5 - Do you have a blog? Why or why not? What do you see as the purpose of your blog? #TXEduChat
  219. @PaulSolarz My students really enjoy reading and viewing videos/pics in blogs. #txeduchat
  220. #TXEduChat Our "workshop model" could use 3 minute blogging instead of 3 minute writing on paper!
  221. A4: Public on Edublogs index, on class website. Ss email blog URL to relatives w/invitation to read/comment #txeduchat
  222. A5) Why would you expect your students to blog if you don't? Why tell them you don't find it valuable but they should? #txeduchat
  223. @PNetherly I will as soon as we get permission to share. We are just starting out so not much to share just yet. :) #txeduchat
  224. @rondorland #txeduchat Nice ! Love that you're teaching them to serve as moderators!
  225. #txeduchat A4: My ss did blog publicly, but nobody outside of our world read them. Ha! There are no restrictions at our independent school.
  226. A5 - Yes. Because one of my goals this year is reflection and clarity and that helps. Purpose is purely for my own clarity. #txeduchat
  227. @bkuhl2you not yet....just not sure how to start and then manage with 120+ Students.....want to get started soon! #txeduchat
  228. A4: Blogging taught me imp of reflection,collaboration &noting small things...taught me how imp 2 write from your passions #txeduchat
  229. A5: My blog is  http://edbean.com  It gives me a place to reflect on teaching, post podcast, & connect with other Ts. #txeduchat #VidEd
  230. A5: I do have a blog.  http://mandyvasek.com  Just posted today. It is a gr8 way for me to reflect on my own learning. #txeduchat
  231. A5 - My Educator Blog (updated 3-5 times per month):  http://psolarz.weebly.com/mr-solarz-eportfolio.html  I use it to pass on what I'm doing in my classroom. #txeduchat
  232. @msfrenchteach ty and they do a much better job than fixing errors on the board! #txeduchat
  233. A5: Have a private, reflective blog for school portfolio. Want to blog but nervous bout keeping up & if I have anything to say #txeduchat
  234. @wmchamberlain Love that answer! Applies to so much more than blogs. We have to teach by example! #txeduchat
  235. Our Moodle platform allows for teacher blogs to be imported via RSS feed...great way to walk the walk with your Ss #TXEduChat
  236. @PaulSolarz I think 100 words is a good way to start small... I teach English Language learners from 3-5th grade. #txeduchat
  237. A5: I do have a blog.  http://www.ameaningfulmess.blogspot.com . Great way for me to reflect. I like for my Ss to know I value reflection as well. #txeduchat
  238. #TXEduChat A5: I made the jump to blog two years ago. I have not looked back since! This one change made me want to do it with my Ss too!
  239. #TXEduChat Don't really know who would want to know what I am thinking.
  240. @rondorland Awesome blog Ron, thnx for sharing! I think PLN's are the key to staying current & meeting Ss needs at our best! #txeduchat
  241. A5: Yes, To share with Ps and anyone else reads a weekly view into our classroom!  http://mrsschantzclass.wordpress.com  #txeduchat
  242. @mrskriese106 Sometimes it takes courage. Just maintain a professional filter, and you have nothing to worry about. #TXEduChat
  243. A5: Only been on Twitter & posting to my blog for a year:  http://goo.gl/Yu6YGs  But it has changed my teaching & my Ss learning #txeduchat
  244. A5I- My primary purpose is sharing and searching how little ones use technology in the classroom. #txeduchat
  245. #txeduchat A5: Yes, I have my own blog, which I added to the list earlier this eve. I share ideas, notes from conferences, reflections.
  246. Have to throw it out there - I believe very strongly in teacher writing and teacher blogging. We should all try it. #TXEduChat
  247. A5: Just started my own blog:  http://heidijonesmerton.blogspot.com/  It's a nice outlet and fun to put out there on twitter for feedback. #txeduchat
  248. Let students compose on paper or at the keyboard. Choice equals better work and more comfortable students #txeduchat
  249. @amysoupy At 1st, your audience is small & "keeping up" isn't critical. As you build a readership, it's worth putting in time. #txeduchat
  250. @rondorland #txeduchat Awesome! That sounds like a better use of time. Love it and will take note. Thank you!
  251. A5: I blog. Wanted to share for class transparency. Now I share to show all the great tech integration going on in our school. #TXEduChat
  252. .@bkuhl3you amazing what kind of self realization happens while writing reflectively about school. #txeduchat
  253. @braxtonjm Even if you just post about how your lesson went for the day, it is worth doing #txeduchat
  254. Blogging is great for reflection and creating your own "platform" as a teacher. Here's mine  http://pikemalltech.com  #txeduchat
  255. A5: Not yet. I feel for T’s, S’’s & Admin, it has to be something that we feel strongly about. Got to find my courage. #txeduchat
  256. @wmchamberlain And that choice - even two options - is a huge motivator and shows strategic, reflective thinking. Great point. #TXEduChat
  257. Q6 - Do you share your blog with your students and/or parents? (Feel free to share links!) #TXEduChat
  258. @NatashaRRivera That's great for your kiddos! I will probably let my students go slightly over or under at first - no pressure! #txeduchat
  259. #TXEduChat will list of blogs be available at the end of chat?
  260. @braxtonjm Time is always an issue, but once you commit to the change…you'll never go back! #txeduchat
  261. @bkuhl3you I agree abt professional filter. So much I want to say about church, politics in my blog but don't #txeduchat
  262. I'm a firm believer our younger kiddos can use the same tools as our older ones in age and grade appropriate ways. #txeduchat
  263. @bkuhl2you #TXEduChat - just created my blog - if I want Ts and Ss to blog I must set the tone. My purpose is to share/ learn from others
  264. @bradmceachern We have a commitment from @HalLRoberts to start a blog. Maybe you two should chat! Hold each other accountable. #txeduchat
  265. @valibrarian @cybraryman1 My 1st-5th graders blog. #txeduchat With more guidance and support at lower levels.
  266. A6: Not so much-interesting idea. I do share with staff on Twitter! #txeduchat
  267. A6 - I share on Twitter. Then @daisyray215 usually retweets me, which brings me a lot of views.:) I have a few loyal followers. #txeduchat
  268. I've shared my blog,  http://primarytechteaching.com  with families and S. If you're not sharing, you're being selfish. #txeduchat
  269. When you allow students to write what they want, blogging allows students to develop their own pln with their own interests. #txeduchat
  270. @bkuhl2you A6: Hmmm, haven't done that yet. Thanks for giving me something to think about. #txeduchat
  271. A6 - My students & parents know that I have an educator blog that I update regularly & probably check it out occasionally. #txeduchat
  272. @mrskriese106 @bkuhl3you It is important to focus on the right things in your blog. Don't bring politics religion into the mix #txeduchat
  273. A6: #txeduchat I have not shared with parents or sts. I do share with staff. It is public and anyone can view.
  274. A4 My students blog publicly, but the 1st year when I was learning, we only blogged with classmates. #txeduchat
  275. @PaulSolarz thank you for the advice. I'm excited!! Now let's hope@the weather cooperates and we have a full week of school lol #TXEduChat
  276. I share blogs on Twitter & Google+; haven't shared with stu/parents #txeduchat
  277. Great point - need to separate personal/professional @mrskriese106 blogging should have clear focus #txeduchat @bkuhl2you
  278. MT @wmchamberlain: When you allow students to write what they want, blogging allows ss to develop their own pln w/own interests. #txeduchat
  279. A6: I showed my Ss my blog as an example for them but haven't linked to Ps yet. #txeduchat
  280. Love reflecting on everything from technology->government->philosophy on my blog-it's on my Twitter profile page if interested :) #TXEduChat
  281. A6 - I have a blog for my parents:  http://psolarz.weebly.com  & my students know I have dozens of blogs 4 different purposes 4 them! #txeduchat
  282. A6: I haven't shared with parents but have talked about it with Ss. Need to share more with Ps. Thanks for the nudge! :) #txeduchat
  283. Imagine if your twitter feed was locked down and you could only talk to people from your school. Engaging? I think not. #txeduchat
  284. @bkuhl2you if your blog is geared toward your classroom definitely! But if it is for PD then keep it private from them #TXEduChat
  285. A6: My blog is linked on class blog for anyone to read. Some parents/Ss have. #txeduchat
  286. A6- Not really shared with parents but blog link is included in my email signature. Some follow along. #txeduchat
  287. @mitchmosbey #txeduchat Very true. I share mine on Twitter, but not so much w/parents yet. Maybe next year.
  288. I have a blog for basic student information which it linked to my class website, separate from prof. blog #txeduchat
  289. @jaherbel Thanks...we are using KidBlog right now. Very easy to use and the students really like it. #txeduchat
  290. @PNetherly I'm my school our kindergartners and my English language learners are more proficient with tech than many other Ss #txeduchat
  291. Q6 - Didn't shared with Ss or parents, but share with Ts as PD. To encourage them to blog.  http://fabulous5thgradefun.blogspot.com  #TXEduChat
  292. Love when a parent will comment on blog of a child not their own. True community. #txeduchat
  293. @PaulSolarz I send weekly emails home w/ classroom happenings & updates. Maybe these could transform into the start of a blog #txeduchat
  294. @MrsKotchounian @PaulSolarz yes! Post the info on your blog and have the links in the emails. Great idea! #txeduchat