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Blogging for Educators

Blogging for Educators
Writing for Professional Learning

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January 2015 | 64 pages | Corwin

Join the education blogosphere with this easy, go-to guide!

This engaging, all-in-one resource from expert blogger Starr Sackstein takes educators by the hand and guides them through the easy, step-by-step process of blogging. You’ll quickly turn snippets of writing time into a tool for reflective and collaborative professional growth. With instructive sample blog posts from sites like Blogger and Wordpress and generous examples and resource listings, this guide helps busy educators learn:

  • The value of blogging for professional learning
  • Best practices for safe digital citizenship
  • How to deal with the technical aspects of blogging
  • Platform-building tips and writing ideas 

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"Sackstein writes with a fresh voice on her popular blog, and that voice comes through clearly in her first book. Written like a personal coach for novice bloggers, Sackstein offers practical experience and invaluable insight into the whys, whens, hows and whos of building your very own professional learning network (PLN). This is a must-read for educators of all levels ready to expand their professional repertoire by taking the plunge into social media."
—Walter McKenzie, Education Technology Author, Speaker, and Consultant

"Starr gives great advice on making blogging meaningful and answers the all-important question of ‘Why should I blog?’ when time is so precious. Clear and concise, this book will empower readers to write for an authentic audience and open a reflective conversation that facilitates growth."
—Garnet Hillman, Instructional Coach
Deerfield Public School District 109

Preface by Peter DeWitt
1. Why Blog?
The Fear of Sounding Stupid (A Sample Post)

Reasons Educators Blog

It Started With Twitter

Blogging to Connect: Thoughts and Musings (A Sample Post)

So You're Not a Writer

What Teacher Has Nothing to Say?

Not Enough Time in the Day for Reflection?

2. Ready to Start; Now What?
Setting the Stage

What Are My Platform Choices?

Vanity URLs and Hosting

Setting Up Your Blog Using Blogger

3. Let's Get Technical, So You Can Hit Publish
Dealing With the Technical Side

Tips for Writing Engaging Posts

4. Connecting With an Audience
How and Why Should We Provide Feedback Through Comments on Blogs

What About My Privacy?

Creating a Community of Bloggers

Is Connecting Everything When It Comes to Blogging? (A Sample Post)

Final Thoughts and Takeaways
Key features

This book is the go-to guide for helping educators establish an online presence through blogging. Through sample blog posts, examples, and engaging dialogue, leaders and teachers will learn to:

  • Use a blog for reflection and growth in their professional learning
  • Deal with the technical side of setting up a blog
  • Get started with writing prompts and ideas 
  • Develop best practices for digital citizenship and online safety

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