The Ed Tech Blog Carnival 2012 #1

A few weeks ago I asked for educational bloggers to share some of their posts as part of a Blog Carnival. The idea would be that they would write about aspects of technology in education,  and I would then collate into a single post that points to them all. Hopefully you the reader will discover some blogs you haven’t seen before.


So here’s the posts that make up the first Ed Tech Blog Carnival for January 2012:

To start, I’ll point to a post by me about the options available to use interactive whiteboards without the software.

Expat Educator Janet Abercrombie has written a great post about using student news videos as an alternative to newsletters. Learn the process of creating a classroom video news report.

Stephen Lockyer has written about some of the best iPhone apps that he uses in school. Some very useful recommendations.

Kevin Hodgson has written a post entitled: “Considering Mentor Texts 2: The Evolution of an Idea“. Exploring the ways that Make Your Own Adventure novels/stories might be used in the classroom with students, with wikis as one platform for writing and then with YouTube annotations.

Chris Coleman, a grade 4 teacher, has written about using the Pearltrees website to create a bookmark web to embed, share and collaborate

Tyson Seburn introduces the pros and cons of 3 different ways to use Google apps for scheduling with students.

Student teacher Dr Jo Badge has written about Blogging, Tweeting and Being a PGCE Student.

Greg Russell has written about his thoughts on the current state of using e-books for learning.

Seth Dickens gives the first in a series of 5 video interviews he did at BETT 2012, approaching his favourite stands at BETT and asking them why they come to BETT and what are they doing to make teachers’ lives easier. Interesting stuff.

Brad Patterson gives 4 key factors that are changing the business of ELT learning.

Doug Peterson gives his first look at the LiveBinders iPad application which lead to LiveBinders supporting the Ontario Curriculum.

Tom Hesmondhalgh writes about using Google+ to Help Improve Your Teaching. Google+ has generated its fair share of hype since its launch, and while it’s still officially in beta it’s growing at an incredible rate. Tom describes how teachers can harness some of the unique features of Google+ to help improve their practice.

Lisa Butler has written a post about trying a different approach with students and copyright – give them responsibility and ownership and take away the grade.

Terry Freedman gives 4 reasons why the ICT Programme of Study “had” to go. Interesting stuff with some excellent points about the state of ICT teaching in our schools right now.

And finally, Jen Deyenberg has written about creating your own geocaches featuring some of her students’ fabulous creations!

So that’s it! Thanks to all the contributors who have written some excellent posts for this carnival. I’d like to make this more than an annual event, so if someone wants to host another one, say in April, then let me know and I’ll help promote it here and on Twitter etc.
If you’ve written a blog carnival piece and I haven’t included it here, please let me know and I’ll add it. Make sure you include a link to this blog post so your readers can find the other blogs that make up the carnival.


Author: Danny Nicholson

Danny is an author, Science teacher, ICT Consultant, PGCE lecturer and computing / interactive whiteboard trainer. He has delivered training courses across the UK, in Europe, and in Canada. Please get in touch with your training requests.

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  1. I wonder what conclusion is to be drawn from the fact that the overwhelming majority of “educational bloggers” are ICT staff or similar?

  2. Not really sure that’s true Joe. I know loads of edubloggers who are regular classroom teachers in primary, plus school librarians, MFL/Science/History teachers and more.


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