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Comment Challenge: Days 1 – 4

Comment Challenge: Days 1 – 4

Oh dear! I’m way behind in recording my reflections from the Comment Challenge so it’s time to play catch-up (apologies for the long post). But before I do I liked to thank Michele Martin for the excellent daily tasks she has created. Thanks Michele (you’re amazing)! Day 1: Do a Comment Self Audit Michele’s task for Day 1 is to do a Comment Self Audit of my own commenting practices. How often do you comment on other blogs during a…

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Getting Help With My Weight Problem!

Getting Help With My Weight Problem!

Let’s be honest I need all the help I can get. My weight has crept up πŸ™ . And like all woman I don’t like to feel fat! Thankfully I’ve got great friends in Christy Tucker and Christine Martell that decided to help me with my weight problem. Photo from Flickr photo uploaded on April 24, 2006 by Christina007 licensed under Creative Commons ShareAlike 2.0. Cause of The Weight Problem Apparently the weight issues happened during my blog cleaning when…

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The Messy Aspects Of Blog Cleaning

The Messy Aspects Of Blog Cleaning

Don’t you get frustrated with mess? I do! But I’ll procrastinate how I can clean up the mess until I can’t take it anymore. Only then will I take action. Today was my blog cleaning day! I’ve finished what I can but still not happy (are we ever totally happy with blog cleaning?). Anyway let me show you what I’ve done so you can give me your thoughts πŸ™‚ Importance Of Blog Cleaning Unfortunate fact of life, we do judge…

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Share Your Blogging Experience & Tips For Participants From Open PD

Share Your Blogging Experience & Tips For Participants From Open PD

Great news!!! I’ve been asked by Robin Ellis and Darren Draper to talk about blogging with educators participating in Open PD. Slight problem! Minor really — hardily worth mentioning but it’s at 5.00 am tomorrow morning my time (their local time of 5-6 pm US Eastern Time Zone on Wednesday April 9). Time for a confession — I’m not good at waking up in the morning. I never hear the alarm go off when it wakes up my hubby. So…

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Is Your Photo Avatar Making You Look OLD?

Is Your Photo Avatar Making You Look OLD?

Meeting people who you network with online for the first time face to face is always an amazing moment because your mind has created a mental picture of them based on your interactions. Unfortunately the online identity you develop for yourself and how it appears to you may not match what your online friends expect when they meet you, f2f, in real life. Take for example KerryJ (who I had the great pleasure of meeting this week for dinner with…

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Conversation On Al Upton Situation With Alec Couros’s EC&I 831 Class

Conversation On Al Upton Situation With Alec Couros’s EC&I 831 Class

Today I was invited into Alec Couros’s EC&I 831 course to have a conversation on the Al Upton Situation. Cindy Seibel, one of his participants, contacted Alec to ask if they could discuss the Al Upton and the miniLegend blog Order for Closure and fallout in class this week, and suggested my Parental Consent, Use of Student Images and The MiniLegends Closure post is a great summary; providing almost an agenda for discussion. Alec’s EC&I 831 is a graduate course…

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I’ve Gone Widget Crazy And Need Help To Control Widget Addiction

I’ve Gone Widget Crazy And Need Help To Control Widget Addiction

Edublogs have given all it’s users new freedom and allows javascript, iframes and object code to be embedded directly into Edublogs blogs. Which is great because I can just copy and paste pretty much most β€˜embedding’ code picked up around the web directly into my posts or a text widget in my side bar. Most importantly I no longer suffer from blogger envy caused by friends having cool toys on their blogs which I haven’t been able to embed. Trouble…

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Parental Consent, Use of Student Images and The MiniLegends Closure

Parental Consent, Use of Student Images and The MiniLegends Closure

As mentioned in my previous post Al Upton and the MiniLegends Class Blog was given an Order for Closure. Thanks to all my readers who commented on my post and who left comments of support on Al blog. The comments provided lots of food for thought and indicated the need to clarify more so that we can debate the issues in more depth. Parental Consent Parental consent was obtained prior to Al setting up the program. His permission form clearly…

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Al Upton & The MiniLegend’s Blog Given Order for Closure

Al Upton & The MiniLegend’s Blog Given Order for Closure

Last year I was incredibly fortunate to be able to work closely with the Al Upton and the miniLegends, a class of Year 3 students, aged 8 and 9, during the 31 Days to Build A Better Blog β€” which involved completing daily tasks to improve our blogs β€” with an added incentive of Chocolate for the Most Improved blogger and Best Commenter. Al’s been blogging with his students for the past five years and this year Al Upton decided…

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Do You Subscribe To Your Own Blog Feed? Maybe You Should!

Do You Subscribe To Your Own Blog Feed? Maybe You Should!

If you’re not already subscribing to the RSS feed from your own blog using a feed reader e.g. Google Reader it’s time you did! You can’t always guarantee readers will tell you there is a problem πŸ™‚ . What happened to Martin Weller (The Ed Techie) yesterday is a classic example of the need to subscribe. Martin uses Typepad which unfortunately experienced a brief problem with their feed service on TypePad. Some TypePad users were affected, where another blog’s entries…

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