Saturday, March 06, 2004

Utah Educators Express Enthusiasm for Educational Blogging

Thanks to the active participation of a full lab of Utah educators, the web has several new educational bloggers this morning. Our hands-on session, Blogging to Connect, Create and Collaborate was well received by those came to the workshop as part of the annual meeting of the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology at Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake.

Although the Utah Education Network offers several blog-like content creation tools like My.UEN, Virtual Tours, Activities, Lesson Plans and Rubrics, we opted to use Blogger in the workshop to enable participants to have a bona fide blog creation experience. Although it wasn't a race, it only took about ten minutes for the first blog to be published. Prior to the lab I test-created a Blogger blog. It took less than five minutes from logging on to creation and posting of a new blog.

Friday, March 05, 2004

Welcome to UCET!

I'm blogging from the vendors area. The second lunch session is about to start. I'd rate this morning's keynote with Bernie Dodge **** (four of five stars).
Blogging to Connect, Create and Collaborate



Blogging to Connect, Create
and Collaborate

The following references are available online at:

What is a Weblog?

A weblog (aka Blog) is a live online journal that can be easily and instantly updated. A Blog can be a frequently posted list of interesting web sites, or a personal diary of events and thoughts, or a combination of the two (among many other things.) The newborn publishing world of weblogs seems to be having a significant impact on digital culture, communication, education, and publication.


The best proof of impact at the moment is the proliferation of Election and Political Blogs that have sprung up around presidential candidates, parties, and news agencies. Bloggers are constantly defining and debating the definition of a weblog, as well as presenting their reasons for keeping a blog. 


--Pattie Belle Hastings, Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Interactive Digital Design Department at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.





Pew Research - Internet & American Life Project 

44% of Internet users have created content for the online world through building or posting to Web sites, creating blogs, and sharing files.



Best blog on education blogging I've seen. Maintained by Will Richardson, Supervisor of Instructional Technology at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, NJ.


The Gifted Thing
A Utah summer with Dave Wiley and the USU team


EdBlogger Praxis 

Examples of educator blogs sorted by pre-k and kinder, primary, EFL/ESL, cross grade, high school, school library, school administrator, etc.




Teachnology : Teaching Blogs


Seb's Open Research

Clipping: Pointers and thoughts on the evolution of knowledge sharing and scholarly communication 


Delano High School 

High School Home page built in a blog format, cited among Will Richardson's best practices links.

Clipping: "school of over 2700 students, located in the City of Delano, Kern County, State of California" 




Windley's Enterprise Computing Weblog

Clipping: Organizations Usually Get the IT They Deserve 


Jim's Pond - Exploring the Universe of Ideas 

Personal/professional blog of Jim Stewart, UEN Director of Technical Services


THE Network Security Blog - Geek Troy Jessup


Pete Kruckenberg's Perfect World 

Pete is senior network engineer at the Utah Education Network.


Dan's Cancer Weblog

Clipping: I'm not exaggerating when I say that my experience with this disease has brought joy to my life that I never anticipated in the form of new friends, closer relationships to family, new appreciation for the kindness of strangers...


Rich's UEN Blog





UEN - The Governor's Monthly News Conference - Transcripts & Streaming Video 

Watch the latest news conference or read the transcript. Archived transcripts starting in June 1999.


UEN - Calendar of Events

What's ahead for Utah educators, students and parents. Also includes archives of past events.


UEN - News Articles

What's new for educators, students and parents at the Utah Education Network, KULC and KUED.



BLOG-LIKE SITES (continued)


SLC Public Library : Events


Google News
Search and browse 4,500 news sources updated continuously.




The provider that fueled the blogging revolution. Free and premium (pay) versions.

Aimed at a younger crowd. Easy sign up procedure. No banner or pop up ads.

Webby award-winning site used by 400,000+ worldwide.

Rated 3 in Free Blog Providers on Mar 4, 2004 at 03:33:52 GMT. (0 views)

Available in free and premium (pay) versions.




Rated 3 in Other Blog Services / Software on Mar 4, 2004 at 18:39:30 GMT. (0 views)

Donation supported. $20 - $45 buys the software license. Commercial accounts: $150.



Online service from MoveableType. Monthly pricing at $4.95, $8.95 and $14.95.


Radio UserLand

After free 30-day trial period, Radio costs $39.95 per year with 40 megabytes of storage.


EBN - Educational Bloggers Network 

Paid Service marketed to educators. The first year rate is $19.95. After the first year, the educational rate is $39.95 per year.






UEN - my.uen 

Educator-created customized web page to share information and resources with students, parents, and the learning community.




UEN - Virtual Tours 

Educator-created virtual tours organized by Utah core curriculum. Registered UEN educators can quickly create their own content using this tool.


UEN - Activities 

Educator-created activites organized by Utah core curriculum. Registered UEN educators can quickly create their own content using this tool.


UEN - Rubric Tool Home 

Browse exiting rubrics, adapt or create your own, online tutorial included.


UEN - Lesson Plan Tool 

Browse existing lesson plans, adapt or create your own, online tutorial included


UEN - Basic HTML Tags Tutorial 

One page reference for Formatting Text with basic HTML tags.


SURWEB - State of Utah Resources Web 

Educator-created multimedia presentations using a huge library of images, sounds & movies provided by SURWEB or other digital sources.


MyEdesk Reference Desk 

Create, manage, and distribute portfolios, lesson plans, presentations, study guides, and more.

Clipping: Use several proven search engines to find reliable resources to add to the content of collections. Search for and find teacher, student, administrator, and power users to share content and collections. Create, format, and edit documents using the powerful Virtual Notepad. Bookmark your favorite websites and upload files to your personal storage space from anywhere on the web.




Utah Policy Political Weblog

Clipping: what's up in Utah politics, media, public affairs











OJR article: Blogging as a Form of Journalism

Online Journalism Review - USC Annenberg

Clipping: Weblogging will drive a powerful new form of amateur journalism as millions of Net users — young people especially — take on the role of columnist, reporter, analyst and publisher while fashioning their own personal broadcasting networks.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Invitation to UCET Conference

It's Teaching, It's Technology is the theme of the annual conference of the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology at Cottonwood High School. I'll be presenting Blogging to Connect, Create and Collaborate We'll explore how educators are using blogs to encourage collaboration, connect with students and parents, and create a greater sense of community on Friday, March 5 from 2:00 - 3:10 p.m.