EdTech 537: Discussion Question Entry

Along with 2 other blog posts, I created a discussion question entry this week in EdTech 537. Initially, I thought that creating a discussion question out of thin air was going to take me a little while, as my blog did not have a theme yet. However, with the news of my new job, I found my blog’s topic and created a discussion question that related.

What tool do you use to communicate with parents? How has this tool changed parent communication in your classroom (or as a parent)?

I introduced my discussion question with some information about my inspiration for the question. Parent involvement has always been important to me. My previous position at a rural low-economic school did not afford me the opportunity to communicate with parents as much as I would have liked.¬†I was hung up on a lot by parents, no matter whether I was calling with good or bad news. ūüė¶ ¬†That being said, this new opportunity will require a lot of parent communication, and I am interested in some proven practices that I can implement in my own classroom. Who better to ask than my fellow EdTech-ers?¬†

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EdTech 537: Links and List Entry

Finally, we are blogging! I have been excited about my blogging course since I registered for it. We have been building our blogs and creating some foundation, but now, we get to do the fun stuff. This week, in EdTech 537, we were assigned to create 3 blog posts. The first two posts were links and list entries. These entries were simple, yet fun to write.

For my links post, I focused on some exciting news in my life (I got a new job! Whoop!) and actually began constructing my blog around a theme. The post included links and annotations to tools that I would like to use in my new 7th grade English classroom. The tools outlined in the post included Nearpod, Twitter, WordPress, Remind, Plickers/Socrative, ReadWorks Digital, Edublog/Kidblog, and Google Drive. After posting, I was encouraged to see 4 comments quickly came in. Each with a positive perspective on my post and my blogging style.

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Bloggety-blog-blog. I love to blog!

The list post actually took me longer than the links post did. I decided to use my list post to outline some ideas for books to teach next year and books to read to quite to develop myself as an English teacher. This post was remarkably similar to the links post less the annotations, yet I found myself wanting to add more commentary to my lists. Maybe I should have written my list post first. Oh well, hindsight. In the list post, I settled on 4 proposed books to teach next year, including To Kill a Mockingbird, The Outsiders, A Day No Pig Would Die, and The Merchant of Venice.

I really enjoyed blogging the day away and hope to continue to have many more entry assignments that make me think more about my classroom as well as blogging in the classroom.

EdTech 537: Disclosure Page

As a part of my EdTech 537 blog, “It’s Bloggin’ Time,” I created a disclosure page. I was reading about the need for a disclosure page and was shocked to find out that the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) governs some aspects of blogging. According to the FTC guides, bloggers that receive endorsements, cash or in-kind payment, must disclose the material connections they share with a product or service’s provider.

I was not sure where to start with my disclosure page. I read a few examples but as a student blogger, currently, those examples did not fit what I needed. My disclosure page ended up being a series of statements declaring ownership of the ideas and opinions expressed on the blog. It also included a clearly stated lack of compensation or outside influence to express thoughts and opinions in a particular way. The disclosure concluded with a few sentences about my intentions for the blog and the topics that I planned to cover.

All in all, I completely see the need for a disclosure page but am still struggling to wrap my head around it. I do not know that outside of this class I would have learned about the FTC’s regulation and the need for a disclosure page. Thank goodness for EdTech 537! ¬†ūüôā

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EdTech 537: I’m a Blogger

Blogging has always been an exciting idea to me, but I have never had the push to do it. ¬†I have felt like it would be something that I enjoyed¬†but again had never made the leap. ¬†Well, Jack, I’m flying. ¬†This week, I began EdTech 537: Blogging in the Classroom by creating a blog (It’s Bloggin’ Time!!) on Edublogs and writing my first post.

We were given three different blogging platforms to choose from: WordPress, Blogger, and Edublogs.  Initially, I thought I would go with WordPress because I already have this learning log up and going, so I might as well go with what I know.  After reading a bit more about Edublogs though, I felt like it was something that I would actually use in my classroom, plus it was supported by WordPress.  (The best of both worlds??)

I began by naming my blog “The Hughes Blog” (boring…) and gradually shifting through a number of different names before settling on “It’s Bloggin’ Time!!” ¬†Immediately after settling on this title, I told my husband about my blog and his first thought was that I had named it after The Fantastic Four‘s The Thing (It’s clobberin’ time!) ¬†Nope. ¬†I am not that cool, but I can pretend to be. ¬†Anyway, creating my first entry and page in Edublogs was incredibly easy since it functions similarly to WordPress. ¬†I am really excited about where this class is going to lead. ¬†I want to use blogs in my English classroom to break up the monotony of a traditional writing curriculum. ¬†Who knows what else I will come up with?!

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