Saturday, January 4, 2014

Chart - A Comparison of Educational Blogging Platforms

I'm often asked for advice about picking the best blogging service for classroom use. Every school's and classroom's situation is a little different so it's not easy to make a blanket statement like, "blog service X is best for all teachers." To help teachers decide which blogging platform could be best for them, I created the following chart. The chart compares eight key elements of five common blogging platforms.

You can download this chart as a PDF through this link or click here to see it as a Google Document.

The Week in Review - Celebrating Zero Degrees

Good morning from Woodstock, Maine where yesterday we celebrated the temperature finally rising back up to 0F. This week someone asked me if my dogs like the cold and snow. My older dog, Morrison, can't get enough of the frigid, snowy weather. The colder it is, the more energy he seems to have. In fact, as soon as this week-in-review is written we'll be back outside for another romp in the woods. Wherever you are and whatever the weather is like, I hope that you have a great weekend.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. By Request - Ten Helpful Resources for Middle School and High School Math Teachers
2. Thinking Blocks - Model Math Problems on iPads, Interactive Whiteboards, and in Your Browser
3. 10 Tools to Help Students Keep Track of Tasks This Year
4. Updated - A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Backchannels & Informal Assessment
5. How to Create Simple Comic Strips With Storyboard That
6. 5 Ways to Add Interactive Elements to Your Videos
7. An Animated Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States

In January I am again offering my series How To Use Google Drive In SchoolClick here for registration details and a discount code. 

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