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Blogging and Digital Portfolios

This was a session at #ncties17 with George Couros on creating blogs and portfolios for students and teachers.

The session was about how we can use blogs and portfolios as a way for teachers and students to keep track of their life and work over a long period of time.

Some of the steps to writing a blog post are below.

  1. Write – Put your information here, pics, videos, links, etc.
  2. Categorize – Ex. Teacher Observations – Categorize by standards. Think ahead and align standards to what you want – if you want administration categorize by leadership standards for admin. Plus 1 – Personal. Categories are big ideas or standards. This is something I am still working out and trying to figure out the best way to use. I’ve started really looking at the design of other people’s blogs to see how they use this.
  3. Tag – Along with tagging the content of your post, you might want to tag yourself, so it shows up on Google search.
  4. Publish

Blogging and Portfolios apply to all teachers and all subjects. Blogs should not be seen as an additional assignment, it should replace other assignments. “Not a plus, a replacement.” – George Couros.

As you can probably tell from this post and the others on my blog, this is new to me and I am trying to make it a consistent practice as a way to reflect on what I do as a teacher. I also hope to make it a resource that other teachers might be able to read and find something they can use.  At the conference, I was using this as a way to take notes on everything that was being discussed during the session. Going over it now I hope to edit it and make it sound more like a blog post and less of a note taking practice.

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NCTIES Conference – Thursday March 2

I am here in Raleigh at my first NCTIES conference and feeling a little overwhelmed by all the great ideas out there. The opening keynote was great.  I would highly recommend following Jennie Magiera – @MsMagiera onn Twitter. Also, went to a great session on Hyperdocs and Legos. Some great resources in the link. Getting ready for Coding in the Classroom session. Will post again with more resources and ideas I picked up.

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Atomic Learning

This has been a part of my district since 2014, but I just discovered how great it is this year.  I was so impressed, I decided to join their ambassador program. There are some great learning modules that I will talk about in other posts.  If you have it at your school, it is definitely worth checking out.  It’s easy to search and find almost any tech PD.