TeacherCast.net: Educational Blogs, Podcasts, App Reviews and more http://www.teachercast.net On Demand Educational Professional Development featuring the worlds brightest educators. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:21:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Welcome to the TeacherCast Podcasting Network. Join host Jeff Bradbury (@TeacherCast) and the worlds finest educators and educational technology creators as we discuss the latest in educational tech and pedagogy. Our goal is to help you find and use the right educational technology for your classroom. Subscribe today! Jeffrey D. Bradbury @TeacherCast clean Jeffrey D. Bradbury @TeacherCast feedback@teachercast.net feedback@teachercast.net (Jeffrey D. Bradbury @TeacherCast) 2014 TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network The TeacherCast Broadcasting Network: Your Educational Professional Development Podcast Network with Jeff Bradbury @TeacherCast TeacherCast.net: Educational Blogs, Podcasts, App Reviews and more http://teachercast-net.jeffreybradbury.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/TC-LARGE-1400x1400-text.png http://www.teachercast.net TV-G New Jersey, USA Weekly What are the Advantages of a Microsoft Education in your K-12 District | @Microsoft_Edu @GlennR1809 - TeacherCast.net: Educational Blogs, Podcasts, App Reviews and more http://www.teachercast.net/microsoft-education/ http://www.teachercast.net/microsoft-education/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:21:51 +0000 http://www.teachercast.net/?p=19883

I recently have the pleasure of sitting down with Cameron Evans, the Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Education to discuss how school districts are utilizing Office 365 and the Windows System in their schools.  In this video, Cameron shares the many advantages students have by working on Windows Tables and working on it’s great touch based mobile classroom solutions.…

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I recently have the pleasure of sitting down with Cameron Evans, the Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Education to discuss how school districts are utilizing Office 365 and the Windows System in their schools.  In this video, Cameron shares the many advantages students have by working on Windows Tables and working on it’s great touch based mobile classroom solutions.
 
Also appearing on the program are teacher Michael Braun and principal Glenn Robbins.
 
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I recently have the pleasure of sitting down with Cameron Evans, the Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Education to discuss how Microsoft and Code.org have teamed up to teach millions of students the art of coding and app development.   Also appearing on the program are teacher Michael Braun and principal Glenn Robbins.   Please contact…

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Also appearing on the program are teacher Michael Braun and principal Glenn Robbins.
 
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Jeff sits down with Cameron Evans from Microsoft Education and educators Glenn Robbins and Michael Braun to discuss how Microsoft and Code.org are transforming the lives of more than 20 million students through code. About Microsoft Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people…

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Jeff sits down with Cameron Evans from Microsoft Education and educators Glenn Robbins and Michael Braun to discuss how Microsoft and Code.org are transforming the lives of more than 20 million students through code.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Links of Interest

  1. Microsoft in Education
  2. Microsoft Educator Network
  3. @Microsoft_EDU
  4. Microsoft in Education (Facebook)
  5. YouthSpark (Hour of Code)

Show Topics

  • Hour of Code
  • Microsoft Education
    • On 12/8, Microsoft launched Microsoft Imagine, a new cornerstone of Microsoft’s global YouthSpark initiative that connects aspiring student developers of all skill levels with the tools, resources, and experiences they need to turn their innovative ideas into reality. Whether it’s building a game, designing an app or launching a project, Microsoft Imagine strikes a balance between fun and learning, encouraging students to create, code and develop their ideas throughout their educational journey. This is another resource teachers can use to pull from for their lesson plans.
    • Microsoft’s support of Hour of Code/Code.org is a part of a broader purpose…MS EDU’s goal is to provide the programs and technology to educators that can help ensure kids have 21st century skills.
    • Explore how technology in the classroom can help students, teachers and administrators be successful beyond just the classroom.
    • Microsoft IT-Academy: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/training-and-events/it-academy/default.aspx

About our Guests

Cameron Evans

Cameron Evans serves as the National and Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft Education, responsible for shaping and leading Microsoft’s empowered learning agenda in US Education.

A 20-year veteran for education and training, Cameron has been apioneer and leader of education transformation in public schools and universities across the nation.  Cameron focuses his expertise on sustainable education initiatives that improve individual learner outcomes and the productivity of people with technology.

Cameron is a sought-after speaker and frequent lecturer on issues impacting learning, the academic enterprise, and school innovation. As the US spokesperson for Microsoft in Education, Cameron conferences and writes on literacy, STEM, entrepreneurship, gaming, leadership, and innovation monthly.

Cameron is a US Air Force veteran. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management-computer information systems from Park University and a Masters in Business Administration specializing in Global Leadership from The University of Texas at Dallas. He enjoys all forms of creative work, fitness tech, eating dessert first, and travel with his bride and daughter.

Michael Braun

Michael Braun’s innovative approach to teaching Computer Science has been highlighted by the New York Times, the Seattle TimesGeekWireCode.orgMicrosoft ResearchTEALS, and the Daily Edventures blog. Washington State’s Governor Jay Inslee also recognized the computer science program.

A former Computer Science teacher, Michael Braun currently serves as an Instructional Coach. His focus is in the integration of technology, problem-based learning (PBL), and 21st Century Learning in the public school system. Braun supports curriculum in Common Core State Standards while mentoring teachers on innovative education.

Braun co-founded, organizes, and manages middle school and high school “hackathons” called App Day. The goal of this coding event is to give public school students a taste of computer science and basic programming over the course of a single day. Students use a web app called TouchDevelop to create their own apps on their Windows phones, Androids, iPhones, iPads, laptops, whatever device they are carrying in their pocket or backpack. App Day has received support from Microsoft TEALS, Microsoft Research, Microsoft Citizenship, Seattle Public School’s Career & Technical Education Department, the University of Washington Computer Science Department, the College Success Foundation, and individual IT professionals. The hackathon concept has been a terrific success, as a result of which, Braun has been invited to lead various other coding events and “Teacher Training” computer science workshops across the West Coast of the United States and abroad.

Full bio: http://michaelebraun.weebly.com/

Glenn Robbins

Glenn Robbins Is currently the Lead Learner at the Northfield Community Middle School.  He is a digital leader who embraces Twitter (@Glennr1809) and Voxer (Grobbi143) to connect with educators from across the globe to better his students, staff and school as a whole.  As a digital leader it has allowed him to bring amazing changes to a school, such as: creating and implementing a 100% secure WiFi building to allow staff and students to use BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), creating a schedule that increased instructional time by an additional sixty minutes per day, designed an APP and school Twitter account to promote more transparency within the community and lastly, developed a mentoring program that allows selected eighth graders to work with fifth grade students throughout the year to ease their transition to the middle school. He has an undergraduate degree from Rider University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Jones International University.  He is currently pursuing a Ed.D at the American College of Education in Educational Leader.  He was recently named Top 40 Under 40 in Atlantic City. He also is a member of the Edcamp Leadership organizing committee which was held at the University of Pennsylvania in August.  He was an organizer and keynote speaker for NJPAECET2, which was by invite only for 150 educators from NJ and PA for professional development and celebrate great teaching.  Lastly, he was 1 of 50 people selected out of 1000 to attend Edcamp USA, which was held at the Department of Education in Washington D.C., this past June.

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I recently have the pleasure of sitting down with Cameron Evans, the Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Education to discuss how the new Microsoft Imagine platform is being deployed to help students achieve their fullest potentials in the classroom.  For more information, please see the official Microsoft Press Release below.
 
Also appearing on the program are teacher Michael Braun and principal Glenn Robbins.
 
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4 Amazing Trainings for those looking at going 1:1 by @jbormann3| #1to1techchat - TeacherCast.net: Educational Blogs, Podcasts, App Reviews and more http://www.teachercast.net/4-amazing-trainings-looking-going-11-jbormann3-1to1techchat/ http://www.teachercast.net/4-amazing-trainings-looking-going-11-jbormann3-1to1techchat/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:12:51 +0000 http://www.teachercast.net/?p=19861

Building the plane while in flight – that’s the analogy I hear quite a bit from schools that self-admittedly say they may have jumped the gun on implementing a 1:1. Why did they implement it then? The reasons can vary from feeling pressure (from school board, parents, etc.) to seeing other schools go 1:1 and feeling…

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Building the plane while in flight – that’s the analogy I hear quite a bit from schools that self-admittedly say they may have jumped the gun on implementing a 1:1. Why did they implement it then? The reasons can vary from feeling pressure (from school board, parents, etc.) to seeing other schools go 1:1 and feeling a need to make themselves just as marketable or viable. However, through my own experience of going 1:1 in a school district and now helping other schools transition, I have come up with a very straightforward checklist of trainings for schools who wish to avoid the frustrations that can come with “building the plane while in flight.”

For the sake of this post, we are going to assume two things…

  1. That your school has already carefully researched which device is necessary for your 1:1 teaching and learning needs. I could go into which device I personally feel is the right fit for learning (not training), but that is something your district must research and decide for themselves.
  2. I will also assume that your school has researched what infrastructure needs there are in order to support a 1:1.

So, if we are working under those two assumptions, here is a checklist that I would recommend (and I would go in this order).

1. Provide Teachers Training with Blended/Flipped Learning while introducing a proper Learning Management System.

For whom: Teachers

Recommended Duration: 1 year prior to 1:1

The biggest hurdle to overcome when moving 1:1 is getting teachers to understand “Why?”. Teachers need the proper training in how pedagogy may (or should) change in order to better match how students are currently learning and interacting with the environment outside their classrooms. The classroom environment and the outside environment need to match, otherwise students see a direct disconnect and engagement will plummet.

I recommend Blended or Flipped Learning simply because it puts a focus directly on purposeful instruction in order to allow students to operate at the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy on a more daily basis. It’s also an instructional model that best utilizes the 1:1 environment for real learning and not just electronic worksheet/homework distribution.

It’s also important to include a Learning Management System (LMS). If you wish to do true Blended/Flipped teaching, the LMS that you choose should…

  1. Allow for students to submit work electronically.
  2. Allow the teacher to easily organize content and resources for students to be able to access at any time.
  3. Allow for online discussions to happen through some kind of forum.
  4. Allow the teacher to give timely feedback to student work.
  5. Allow for asynchronous communication between teacher and students as well as students and students.
  6. Allows for electronic formative and summative assessment.

Giving this training should take some time, but it’s the best way to get teachers to start buying in to the 1:1 idea. When you show them what the potential could be, they may even be begging to start the 1:1 sooner.

2.  Training on Digital Citizenship

For whom: Teachers and Students (and Parents if possible)

Recommended Duration: All the time.

If you want to avoid misuse of the technology in your 1:1 (and possibly avoiding legal headaches), then Digital Citizenship training for teachers and students is a must BEFORE rolling out a 1:1. Students need to understand at any grade level what is considered appropriate and inappropriate digital behaviors. Even if your school is not 1:1, this training should start now. Even if you have students going to a computer lab or accessing the internet in any way, you should be explicitly teaching them about digital citizenship – like wise for teachers.

The more you teach, re-teach, address, harp, hound, or nag students about it before you’re 1:1, the more likely they will understand it and follow the rules after you’re 1:1.

However, don’t leave out the parents. Either during your rollout or before, parents need to also understand digital citizenship. More importantly, they will need tips and tricks on how to help their child manage the device when it’s at home.

3. Training on Classroom Management

For whom: Teachers

Recommended Duration: The semester before.

For teachers that are self-proclaimed “not tech savvy,” managing a classroom of technological devices can be the most overwhelming aspect of instruction. And 9 times out of 10 what ends up happening is the teacher just tells the students to put the devices away. If you do Step 1 first, you will hopefully avoid this, because the teacher will see the value of the device as a tool to make learning more efficient and engaging. But even if they see the value in it, managing is still a task best mastered before the devices enter the classroom. Management and instructional techniques can vary depending on the device your school chooses to go with as well as the layout of your classroom.

4. Training on Troubleshooting

For whom: Teachers and Students
Recommended Duration: The month before (maybe more for some)

Let’s be honest, technology is great…only when it works. Even if you go through the checklist above, fluent teaching and learning cannot occur if the technology does not work. And if a teacher, or the students, don’t understand how to troubleshoot, the learning process can stop dead in its tracks. Both could become frustrated and easily give up on technology all together and quickly revert back to the “traditional” way of teaching.

Have a clear idea of what kinds of tech issues could occur and train teachers and students on how to handle these themselves. Not only will the teachers and students feel empowered when hiccups occur, but it will prevent your IT Administrator from becoming quickly swamped with help requests.

What about Administrators?

Of course, the building administrators should be highly involved with the planning, training, and implementation. I have seen 1:1 thrive or struggle simply based on the level of involvement of the administration.

Final Thoughts…

I hope the above checklist helps in deciding how to properly prepare your district and all stakeholders for a smooth 1:1. Another analogy I like to use (and perhaps one that isn’t as dramatic as building a plane while in flight) is making sure your water is boiling before you put in the pasta. Pasta takes twice as long to cook if you throw it in before the water is boiling. By following the checklist, you want teachers and students feeling so prepared for the technology, that they are almost begging for it.

Jarod Bormann

#EdTech Rocks

 

P.S. Is there a training that you would recommend? Leave it in the comments below.

 

P.S.S. Maybe your school has already gone 1:1. But are there any trainings that you have missed in the process? What trainings do you need to start focusing on?

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Hello there, thank you for watching todays screencast from TeacherCast University.  This is the fourth video in our online learning series called “Kidblog: An Introduction to Blogging with your students” About This Lesson In todays look at Kidblog.org we will take a look at the Users Menu and help you add your students into your class blog.…

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Hello there, thank you for watching todays screencast from TeacherCast University.  This is the fourth video in our online learning series called “Kidblog: An Introduction to Blogging with your students”

About This Lesson

In todays look at Kidblog.org we will take a look at the Users Menu and help you add your students into your class blog.

Before we learn how to add students to your classroom account, lets first examine the concept of user roles in Kidblog.

User Roles

Kidblog offers several user roles including Administrator, Teacher, Moderator, Student, Parent and Guest

  • Administrator
    • Administrator role is available to users with Admin Pro site licenses
    • Designed for school or district administrators setting up accounts site-wide

    Teacher

    • Create student accounts
    • Manage student passwords and profiles
    • Moderate content based on class privacy & approval settings

    Moderator

    • Available for Admin Pro subscriptions
    • Moderate posts & comments in a class
    • Cannot edit user accounts

    Student

    • Publish posts and leave comments
    • Request post audience based on privacy settings set by teacher
    • Update their profile – avatar, display name, password

    Parent

    • Connect to their child’s account via email invitation
    • View child’s posts and comments
    • Join class as a Guest (if enabled by teacher)

    Guest

    • Join class with a Guest registration code (if enabled by teacher)
    • View posts published publicly or for “Connections”
    • Leave comments if permitted by the teacher
    • Can be removed from class by Teacher

Creating Student Users

There are two ways of creating users in your Kidblog Dashboard.  First, click on the Users Tab and click on the Create New Users button on the top right.

To create a new user, type in a Display name and select a password.

To create a batch of new users click on the Bulk Create button and download the sample CSV file.

You can open the CSV file into your favorite spreadsheet application such as Excel, Numbers, or Google Sheets.  After opening your spreadsheet, simply fill out the appropriate columns, save your work and upload your completed file.

The second method of student registration is to create and enable a unique registration code that students can use to sign up for for you class blog on their own.

To do this, click on the Registration Codes button on the top right.  This dialogue box provides 2 registration codes. One for Student Roles and one for Guest Rolls.  Click the enable button to active these Registration codes.

Once created, these class codes can be emailed out to your student population, or shared on a class website.  Students can use this code by visiting Kidblog.org and selecting the Enter Your Class Code button on the front page.  We will show you how this works from a students perspective on a future video in this online course.

Once a user is created, you can edit their account by choosing the edit button . . . . . from this dialogue box, you can change their Avatar, view their individual storage and update their email and password settings.  Additional options allow you to set the display type for their date and time and the ability to enable or disable Theme Animations.

To remove a student, simply click the Remove button and the student will be deleted.

About our Online Course

The complete video series to this online course can be found on our website TeacherCast.net/LearnKidblog. I hope you take a moment to browse this and all of our online tutorials over at TeacherCastUniversity.com and TeacherCast.net

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Hello there, thank you for watching todays screencast from TeacherCast University.  This is the third video in our online learning series called “Kidblog: An Introduction to Blogging with your students” About This Lesson In todays look at Kidblog.org we will examine the dashboard area and show you how to set up your class blog.  We will discuss…

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Hello there, thank you for watching todays screencast from TeacherCast University.  This is the third video in our online learning series called “Kidblog: An Introduction to Blogging with your students”

About This Lesson

In todays look at Kidblog.org we will examine the dashboard area and show you how to set up your class blog.  We will discuss some great new features to Kidblog and show you how to customize your Kidblog account to fit your individual class needs.

Here I have my class blog. You can see that Kidblog features a very simple and easy navigational structure.  On the top we have our header featuring our class name and class avatar.  You can view your class posts and comments by clicking on these tabs.  To the right are three buttons where you can choose how you wish to view your student posts an to the right of that is a button where you can choose to hide or show your blogs customizable sidebar widgets.

Once you have logged into your Kidblog account, access the dashboard by clicking on either the big K on the top left or clicking on the word SETTINGS in your blog header.

The Dashboard

In the Dashboard area, you will see your class information.  This information on top shows your class avatar, your blog title and tagline.  Below this you you can view the number of posts and comments your blog has as well as links to access your settings, privacy controls and the ability to add or modify users.

We will first look at the settings panel

Changing Your Avatar

In the settings panel Kidblog provides assess to the inner workings of your blog. You can customize these features however is best for your class.  Here we will discuss the features that will allow you to create a visually dynamic learning experience for your students.

The left of the screen presents you with the ability to change your class avatar.  To do so, click on the Choose Avatar button.  This will bring up your Media Library.  You may choose a new avatar from a variety of methods.

You may select an Avatar from images that have already been placed in your Kidblog media library or choose from a selection of preset icon images provided by Kidblog.

If you have an image you would like to add from your hard drive, you can select My Computer and either drag the image files into the screen, or click Choose File to select the appropriate image.

If you are interested in using an image already on the web, you can find that image and copy it’s URL and past it in the LINK (URL) section.

A popular feature for helping students choose photos is by using the camera built into their computers.  This is probably the most enjoyable method for your students. The can be as creative as can be.

Lastly, Kidblog provides the opportunity to connect your account to your Google Drive.  This feature is one of the many options if you choose to upgrade your account.

The box next to the Class Avatar is your User Accounts. When you sign up for Kidblog you are given a class size of 40 students.  If you wish to sign up for the amazing Teacher Premium account, you can unlock the great Unlimited Students feature for larger class sizes.

On the right are your class settings.  Here you can modify your class name, class description, and add a location for your blog.

Changing Your Theme

After modifying the features in your General Settings tab, click on the Theme/Sidebar button to choose a visual cover for your blog.

Kidblog provides students more than 20 visually pleasing themes.  Students can have fun changing these themes at any time without effecting their content. You can see here that the Retro theme is activated.  To change themes, simply click on another theme and hit the Activate button. To see your corrections, simply refresh your blog in a second tab.

To the right of the themes are the controls for your blogs sidebar widgets.  There are several great features to the new Kidblog sidebar area.  Because this feature is so dynamic and robust, we will be discussing these options in a separate video in this course.

Next to the Theme/Sidebar button on the top is your Users Menu

Adding and Modifying Users

The users menu allows you to create, edit, and remove the students in your class.  This menu is the heart of the Kidblog dashboard because it is the one menu you will be coming back to when your students need to have their passwords reset or if you need to add or delete students quickly throughout the year. The Users menu will be discussed in great detail in a future video in our online course.

Customizing Privacy

Next to the Users tab is the Privacy menu.  In this section, you have the ability to customize your Kidblog account for your students.

One of the new features in Kidblog is the ability for students to choose their audience. Students can now select who gets to see their posts and comments. Once you have your privacy settings selected, scroll to the bottom and click on the Save button.

To the right of the privacy menu is the Categories tab.

Adding Blogging Categories

In the Manage Categories section, you will have the ability to set up the various categories which your students will be blogging from. These categories can be for example: Homework, Classwork, Tests or perhaps Chapter 1, 2,3.

To create a new category, select the New Category button and type in the name of a new category and hit the Create Category button.

To the right of the Categories tab is the new Conections tab.

Connecting to Other Classes

Perhaps you and another classroom are both using Kidblog and you wish to share posts.  While logged into your Kidblog account, you can visit another users blog and click on the Follow button.  This is a great new feature that will help you teach your students about digital citizenship and digital content sharing.

After hitting the follow button, you can choose which of your classes is attempting to follow that blog. You can then leave a message for the owner of that blog to say hello.

The Class Connections tab works very similar to Facebook and Twitter in the respect that you can have the option of following another blog, but that blog’s class does not have to necessarily have to follow your class’s information.

There are many new options available in the Dashboard section of Kidblog.  These options can be edited and modified at any point throughout the year.

About our Online Course

The complete video series to this online course can be found on our website TeacherCast.net/LearnKidblog. I hope you take a moment to browse this and all of our online tutorials over at TeacherCastUniversity.com and TeacherCast.net

I hope you liked this video and found it helpful.  If you did, click on the LIKE button below and leave us a comment.  If you wish to receive more videos from TeacherCast, please click the subscribe button on the top left of this video box and visit TeacherCast.net for more information about google and other great educational tools.  Don’t forget to catch TeacherCast LIVE every Sunday night at 7pm as we bring you the TechEducator Podcast on TeacherCast.tv.

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Thank you for watching todays screencast from TeacherCast University.  This is the second video in our online learning series called “Kidblog: An Introduction to Blogging with your students” Today we will look at Kidblog.org and show you how to create an account to get started using this amazing digital portfolio creation tool. Getting Started The first thing we…

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Thank you for watching todays screencast from TeacherCast University.  This is the second video in our online learning series called “Kidblog: An Introduction to Blogging with your students”

Today we will look at Kidblog.org and show you how to create an account to get started using this amazing digital portfolio creation tool.

Getting Started

The first thing we want to do is visit Kidblog.org.  Creating an account in Kidblog is very easy.  There are two ways of creating your free account.  First, you can create an account by choosing a display name and providing a  password and email address.  The second method, and one that may be preferable to teachers using the Google Apps for Education system in their school is to sign up using their Google credentials.

How to Log-in to Kidblog

Once you have your Kidblog account created, there are two simple ways of logging into your account.

  • The first method is for users to visit Kidblog.org… click the Log In button, and type in an email address. From here you will be given a list of all of the class blogs under your account.
  • The second method is to enter the url of your class blog directly and you will be taken to your blog where you can then log in as either a teacher or a student.

The complete video series to this online course can be found on our website TeacherCast.net/LearnKidblog. I hope you take a moment to browse this and all of our online tutorials over at TeacherCastUniversity.com and TeacherCast.net

About our Online Course

I hope you liked this video and found it helpful.  If you did, click on the LIKE button below and leave us a comment.  If you wish to receive more videos from TeacherCast, please click the subscribe button on the top left of this video box and visit TeacherCast.net for more information about google and other great educational tools.  Don’t forget to catch TeacherCast LIVE every Sunday night at 7pm as we bring you the TechEducator Podcast on TeacherCast.tv.

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Thanks for watching our video “ An Introduction to Kidblog” from TeacherCast University. In this first video of a new Online Course from TeacherCast University entitled “Kidblog: An Introduction to Blogging with your students” we will take a look at the brand new Kidblog.org and discuss some of the reasons why your class and your students will enjoy creating…

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Thanks for watching our video “ An Introduction to Kidblog” from TeacherCast University. In this first video of a new Online Course from TeacherCast University entitled “Kidblog: An Introduction to Blogging with your students” we will take a look at the brand new Kidblog.org and discuss some of the reasons why your class and your students will enjoy creating their digital portfolios using Kidblog.

Throughout this series of videos we will be looking at the newly redesigned Kidblog.org and demonstrating to you how you can sign up for this free blogging platform and teach your students how to be safe and secure digital citizens.

How to find Kidblog

The first thing we want to do is visit http://www.Kidblog.org.  Kidblog is the home to more than 5 MILLION student blogs. It is Safe and very simple to use and can be used by students of all grade levels and subject areas. In addition to being used a robust blogging platform, Kidblog is being used today as a way of teaching students about Creative Writing, Problem Solving in the Math Class, Digital Communication with Pen Pals across the miles, and so much more.

About our Online Course

The complete video series to this online course can be found on our website TeacherCast.net/LearnKidblog. I hope you take a moment to browse this and all of our online tutorials over at TeacherCastUniversity.com and TeacherCast.net I hope you liked this video and found it helpful.  If you did, click on the LIKE button below and leave us a comment.  If you wish to receive more videos from TeacherCast, please click the subscribe button on the top left of this video box and visit TeacherCast.net for more information about google and other great educational tools.  Don’t forget to catch TeacherCast LIVE every Sunday night at 7pm as we bring you the TechEducator Podcast on TeacherCast.tv.

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You just cannot ignore the fact that when you think about searching online for your assignments and projects, the first name that comes to your mind is Google. However, when it comes to academic research, Google search engine does not serve the purpose as it does in most cases. Its search results are not perfect some times. This doesn’t mean that it…

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You just cannot ignore the fact that when you think about searching online for your assignments and projects, the first name that comes to your mind is Google. However, when it comes to academic research, Google search engine does not serve the purpose as it does in most cases. Its search results are not perfect some times. This doesn’t mean that it is the end of the world for students trying to collect academic data online. Apart from Google, there are number of search engines that are especially designed for the purpose of academic research. They can help you get your hands on relevant information without going through irrelevant or low-quality pages.

Given below is a list of some of the best academic search engines that will help you get the research material you want quickly and easily, and without compromising on quality.

Academic Info

Academic Info contains an in-depth directory of the most useful links and resources within a specific subject area. You can browse through this website to get a list of useful academic websites for research. This site also offers online degrees, online courses and distance learning information from a selection of online accredited schools.

iSeek Education

iSeek is easily one of the best and widely used search engines for academic research on the internet. It has been especially designed keeping the students, teachers and scholars in mind. This search engine only shows reliable and relevant results that ultimately save your time and enable you to get your work done quicklyYou can find safe, authoritative, intelligent and time-saving resources with iSeek.

Virtual LRC

Virtual LRC or The Virtual Learning Resources Centre allows you to explore educational sites with high-quality information. It has indexed thousands of academic information websites. On top of that, with custom Google search, you will be able to get more refined results, which will help you complete your research in less time. It has been organized by teachers and library professionals around the world to provide students with great resources for academic assignments and projects. In short, Virtual LRC is the best place to start looking for research material that can help you in your studies.  

Refseek

Refseek is an academic search engine which is simpler than Google even in appearance. Refseek does not claim to offer more results than Google. Instead, it removes results that are not related to science, academia and research. The best thing about Refseek is that you can search for information related to your subject without getting distracted by sponsored links.With a database of over 1 billion documents, web pages, books, journals, newspapers, online encyclopedias and articles, Refseek is your ultimate companion for academic research.

Google Scholar

As the name suggests, Google Scholar is an academic search engine from the house of Google. Especially designed to search for scholarly literature, it helps you find relevant information from the world of scholarly research. With Google Scholar, you can exploremany sources such as books, dissertations, articles and abstracts from various academic publishers, professional societies, universities and other websites. In May 2014, third-party researchers estimated that Google Scholar database contains roughly 160 million documents.

Microsoft Academic Search

Microsoft Academic Search is a great search engine from the software giant Microsoft. It gives you the ability to explore more than 38 million publications. One of the best features of this search engine is that it provides trends, graphs and maps for your academic research. It contains more than 40 million publications and 20 million authors.

Conclusion

If you want your work to be of high quality, then you certainly need to gather information from genuine and reliable sources. The sources mentioned above can be of great help to you in making your research powerful. Ultimately, they will enable you to submit quality projects and assignments.

About the Author

Liana Daren is a teacher by profession specialising in the field of Arts. Currently, she’s serving her expertise at Coursework Point offering arts coursework help to learners and educators around the globe.

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