How to Hide Unmoderated Comments from Students in WordPress

Many teachers are blogging in the classroom. It’s authentic writing that hooks struggling readers and writers, especially boys.

However, there is one huge flaw with using WordPress or Edublogs in the classroom. Students can read unmoderated comments when they are logged into the edublog or class blog before the comments get moderated and published online. They can’t edit the comments, but they can still read them.

What does this mean? Continue reading “How to Hide Unmoderated Comments from Students in WordPress”

Use Technology to Engage Boys in Reading and Writing

“Educators and parents may have been too quick to dismiss boys’ preoccupation with computers as a diversion from their own book-based literacy, not recognizing the computer’s capacity to empower users to gain access to, and control of, information. It is imperative that educators and parents be aware of the impact of the multimedia world, and understand the positive ways in which these new languages and cultures can be harnessed as adjuncts to book-based literacy.” (Millard, 1997, p. 46)

“Boys thrive on the visual language of television, cartoons, and video games… Researchers suggest that boys respond so positively to images because boys are more oriented to visual/spatial learning. As a result, visual images “accelerate” boys’ learning” (Daly, 2002, p. 16).

The use of technology is often advocated as a way to engage boys and close the gender literacy gap. (OMOE, 2004, pg 40):  smart boards, blogging, wikispaces, literacy software. Continue reading “Use Technology to Engage Boys in Reading and Writing”

Eduwikis: Create a Wikispace for your Classroom or School

This post is a work-in-progress as we experiment with using wikis in the classroom and school environment.

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Social Networking with Web 2.0

Our Google pagerank has dropped to a rank of two and we’re not sure why.

Pagerank is Google’s opinion of how important a website is. The higher the pagerank, the more important Google (and apparently the world) thinks you are, and the higher you show up in a search listing.

In a nutshell, Google is a popularity contest. The more websites that link to your website, the more popular you and the better your pagerank. If a cool kid (i.e. a popular website) links to your website, then their vote counts for more (after all, they’re cool), and your pagerank improves even more.

So we’ve decided to socialize. Continue reading “Social Networking with Web 2.0”

Use Google Translate to Help Parents Understand What is Going On

Consider your own experiences with communicating with parents about your reading program. What are the key barriers to parent involvement in your teaching situation?

Personally, I’m big on integrating technology into my classroom practice.

However, I think the greatest barrier to parent involvement is the language barrier. Continue reading “Use Google Translate to Help Parents Understand What is Going On”

Students that inspire

This is an ongoing draft about students who do inspiring things. Eventually, I hope to use these examples to inspire students in my own class. We’ll keep you posted as our research unfolds.

Dalton Sherman, fifth grader in Dallas ISD