Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Teacher Blogs

I'm a little irritated with Visual Thesaurus. I said their Blog Du Jour site was one of my five non-kid-lit blogs and then they went and let me down. Their newest set of blogs du jour are titled Teacher Talk. I checked them out, and the title should be High School Teacher Talk.

Where are the elementary school teacher blogs?

I've looked at education blogs before and I went looking again for awhile this morning, but mostly what I find are secondary educator blogs, or blogs about technology in the classroom.

However, I did find Teacher Tube:
About Us

After beta testing for almost two months, TeacherTube officially launched on March 6, 2007. Our goal is to provide an online community for sharing instructional videos. We seek to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill.
Seems like a BRILLIANT idea. I can't wait to spend some time exploring and viewing. One more for my spring break To Do list.

6 comments:

  1. Harris Salat9:15 AM

    Hi Mary Lee,

    I'm the executive producer of the Visual Thesaurus. I hear you! I'll keep an eye out for blogs that focus on elementary school education. Please don't hesitate to email me if you come across any you like. (email: wanted [at] visualthesaurus [dot] com) TeacherTube's pretty cool, btw. Thanks for reading the VT magazine, Harris

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  2. Hello, Mary Lee! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Regarding elementary teacher's blog, here is the blog that a school librarian friend of mine kept last summer:
    http://www.bainbridge.wednet.edu/blakely/staff/kmeulen/summer06/

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  3. Amen to your question about elementary blogs. I'm trying to figure out the best reasons for starting an elementary library blog. I really want it to be for and about kids, not adults. Having access and being able to comment are real issues for young guys. What I really should do is an audio blog. Not a podcast because then you are committed to listening to the entire transmission, but something like the robot voice on computers that you can listen to while you are reading. Of course it would be my voice, not a robot. I don't want to scare my readers!. And for posting comments, they should be able to record their thoughts without struggling to write. Is that possible or is it the next generation of computers? Why couldn't you just upload a soundfile and then readers could click and listen? Inquiring minds want to know.

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  4. Allie701,
    If I knew how to upload a soundfile in Blogger, we'd have done it long ago!

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  5. Hi there,

    have a look at http://edublogs.org.

    It is not very easy to find stuff there, but they do offer blogs for kids as well. I have set up a blog there myself, but it is not for students, rather it is for teachers.

    I am looking at developing a wiki to use for students - wikispaces have a special offer for educators at the minute, a $50 pa wiki for free, as long as it is used for education.

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  6. oops - here is the link if you want to check it out

    http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers100K

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