There are a number of different types of blogs available for reading. You might recognize some of these.
- The Venom Blog – Nothing is ever positive; the author builds up anger towards a particular topic and finally explodes;
- The Fluff Blog – Nothing new is really posted. You read “collaborate”, “21st Century”, “leverage”, “facilitate” over and over without really drawing any conclusion;
- The Me Blog – Everything is focussed on “me”. Buy my book, click my links, look what I did, aren’t I good?
And, I sure hope that this blog doesn’t fit into any of the above. If it ever does, let me know.
Surprisingly, some of these are very popular. For me, I typically take a pass on them. What excites me is reading a blog when the blogger goes out on a limb, takes a chance showing their vulnerabilities, or just talks about something great that worked for them. It may well work for me. This is the type of post that really garners my attention. Just what are you learning? If it makes sense, I’ll give it a shot and I’ll pass it along to my students.
A recent addition to the Ontario Edublogger’s list is a good example. It’s called “Mrs. Plumb’s Blog” and she shares her teaching and learning as it happens. It’s always a pleasure and a surprise to read her content. Try it!
Another blog that’s always a treasure to read is Aviva Dunsiger’s. She’s a real life person doing some real life teaching and sharing. I had an exchange with her just a minute ago. She was sharing, albeit cryptically, a success story from today and hinted that she was going to blog about it. In fact, she may be doing so as I type this. One of her replies speaks volumes.
She’s absolutely correct about this. I can’t wait to read her “good news” story on her blog.
And now, I’d like to step back from this and just wonder … why don’t more people just blog what they’re learning? Not everyone is going to write the next great breakthrough research paper. Goodness knows this very blog is a good example of that.
If you’re in education, why don’t you take the time to put your thoughts and actions to words? You learned something today, didn’t you? Share it via a blog or a wiki. Just contribute a bit and help the cause. You just might end up with new followers or a new mentor.
10 Stubborn Body Myths That Just Won’t Die, Debunked by Science
Hair grows back thicker when you shave it! Reading in dim light turns you blind! Peeing on a jellyfish sting will soothe the pain! The way our bodies work is a bit of a mystery, and our desire to unlock its secrets has led to a vast amount of misinformation.
A simple way to place useful, formative classroom lessons over any Web page.
A very unusual and entertaining clock.
Tech-Ease is your source for just-in-time answers for classroom technology questions.
Think Python: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist
In support of Free Books, Cambridge has agreed to keep this manuscript available under the GNU Free Documentation License. Readers are free to copy and distribute the text; they are also free to modify it, which allows them to adapt the book to different needs, and to help develop new material.
CS Connections from the University of Michigan
CS4HS 2012 Workshop Schedule
The Woz Brands Australian Price Gauging by Apple, Others “Horrible”
As technology giants Apple, Microsoft, Adobe and many others come under fire from Australian consumers and also its government over price discrimination in the country, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has branded the practice “horrible”, noting that companies “shouldn’t have boundaries between countries.”
Rover – The Browser for Education for iPad on the iTunes App Store
***Can’t access Flash on your iPad? Rover CAN! Rover is the free education app that streams educational Flash content to your iPad.***
This is Why Teaching is A Heroic Job
On this special event and to show honour to those teachers who are making a difference in their students’ lives I am sharing with you a great infographic under the title ” Teachers are Heroes ” and you can tell that the title speaks volumes of its content.
Digital Citizenship Poster for Middle and High School Classrooms | Common Sense Media
Go way beyond Internet safety. Turn students into great digital citizens.
Microsoft Just Blew Google Away In Social Search – Business Insider
Microsoft is adding a new Sidebar to Bing search that shows your contacts and activity on all your social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and — yes — Google+.
81 Links That Are Like Chocolate for Photographers
What an epic week in the world of photography! The folks at Toad Hollow Photography have been collecting links to tutorials, great photography and interesting blogs to share with everyone, and the result of all that work is this week’s list. We really hope you enjoy looking at the images produced by these great artists as much as the Toad did in bringing them to you.
Startups Court Dev Bootcamp’s Ruby Grads: 88% Have Offers At Average Of $79K | TechCrunch
There are no two ways around it, there’s a high demand for developers and engineers not only in the Bay Area, but around the country.
The Seven Learning Challenges and Trends for 2012
One of the most interesting elements of the presentation was that Masie used all photographs or images and barely any text. He explained his reasoning behind this was related to research that he had just read where it found that bullet points in PowerPoint presentations may not lead to memory recall.
Head-To-Head: Bing’s Social Search Vs. Google’s Search Plus Your World
Earlier this year, Google made its results more social with Search Plus Your World. Now Bing has reshaped how it handles social information as part of its “The New Bing” launch. Which does better, Google’s blended search+search model or Bing’s more segregated approach. Let’s look at some examples.
How Google’s Self-Driving Car Works – IEEE Spectrum
Once a secret project, Google’s autonomous vehicles are now out in the open, quite literally, with the company test-driving them on public roads and, on one occasion, even inviting people to ride inside one of the robot cars as it raced around a closed course.
Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.