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Around the Blogs
What’s the buzz in the blogsphere? Here we pick out some of the latest news and views from blogs by teachers.

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Blog of the Week
The End of Not Knowing  
I had a very curious flash of insight the other day. Not a revelation as such but one of those moments that happens a thousand times a week and just occasionally you see the right juxtaposition to make you realise what just happened. I was driving my family to Glasgow. We came around a bend in the motorway and, slightly abruptly, met the tail end of a traffic queue. It was abrupt because there were no signs indicating any roadworks. When you meet a queue before you see the signs, you naturally start to think you're in for a bit of a wait. Everyone wants to know just how long. The driver of the car in the lane next to me started edging his car towards the centre line, craning to peer down the queue and see how far off the obstruction was. Without even really thinking about it, I slid open my iPhone that was mounted on the dashboard playing music. I fired up the TomTom app, picked my destination. In a couple of seconds, the phone beeped to show that the obstruction was 1.1 miles from my current position and that the delay to my journey would be approximately four minutes. It's not that GPS navigation systems with live traffic data are particularly new; it was just the contrast between my experience and the frustrated, anxious driver in the next lane that made me think about this. It felt like I had a sixth sense: data. Source: Fraser Speirs
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Open source versus Windows, a good idea?  
Why teach your students about open source products when they'll be surrounded by Windows and Office in the classroom? Teaching at the end of the earth discusses this. Check it out.
Posted: 2/09/2009
Live Binders  
If you're finding your web based resources are becoming unruly, Live Binders might be just the thing to keep all those web pages in one neat place. Check out Greg Carroll's blog for more.
Posted: 17/08/2009
Making e-learning books  
Creating e-learning books has never been easier with Classtools. Classtools provides ready-made flash templates you can embed into your webpage - and it's free! Check out the blog.
Posted: 11/08/2009
Here's a nifty application that allows you to discuss topics online with your students using voice called Voicethread. Check out JMK's blog to see Voicethread in action.
Posted: 6/08/2009
Wordle for word tags  
If you're finding word tags a challenge to create for your webspace, try Wordle. Jacqui Sharp's blog features a nice little slideshow of the power of Wordle.
Posted: 4/08/2009
Meet the Firefox of the future  
Early concept designs for Mozilla's Firefox 4.0 are now posted on its wiki. Could this be the future design for Web browsers? Check it out.
Posted: 30/07/2009
Creating a Favicon  
If you've ever wanted to create a website and you could never figure out how to create that little picture that appears in your browser next to your website URL, this blog explains it all. The Favicon is a way to easily identify your site in a list of bookmarks.
Posted: 28/07/2009
Speak Up - tool to assess Cyber Bullying  
Mr Wood's blog discusses cyber bullying and tools to help teachers become more proactive towards their students. Speak Up is an interesting tool that allows students to use comic strips to express themselves. It is also a great way to communicate with students.
Posted: 23/07/2009
The wonderful world of Moodle  
Moodle is yet another e-learning software application that enhances learning and sharing through online-based portals or platforms. This blog is Moodle in action and has been created by the students at KatiKati college for a Social Studies class.
Posted: 21/07/2009
Online surveys with Google Docs  
An easy way to use Google docs for online surveys within the classroom as explained on of our teachers blogs by Jenny Smith.
Posted: 16/07/2009
Posterise your learning!  
Glogster is an application that lets you 'posterise' things that you enjoy ... and it's one of Raenette Taljaard's favourite tools. Here she talks about some great examples of what you can do with Glogster in the classroom.
Posted: 13/07/2009
Digital Citizen - Facebook  
Kristin School’s Andrew Churches makes some interesting and informative comments about a story Thehe Herald on Sunday, ran about students using Facebook in an inappropriate manner, firstly in a conversation about a fellow students and then posting comments about a teacher.
Posted: 10/07/2009
How to use Adobe Acrobat Reader  
If you are unsure of how to use Adobe Acrobat Reader, this step-by-step instruction will help you. The web link will open into a .PDF document so you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed.
Posted: 7/07/2009
Google forms and spreadsheets  
Collecting data from multiple sources can be a real challenge. Here's a nicely presented blog about the basics of integrating data into a spreadsheet using Google shared spreadsheets and forms.
Posted: 25/06/2009
The Story (so far) of Twitter  
Check this out for a visual - and quick fire - review of key moments in the history (so far) of Twitter, from the advent of UNIX “Talk” in the 1980s (an early real-time text update system), all the way to the 'Twipocalypse'!
Posted: 23/06/2009
Google Books Adds New Features And Tools  
TechCrunch reports on a bunch of new features Google has added to its Google Books in an effort to promote interactivity between readers and the online books. Check out the one that lets you embed previews of books into your own blog or website.
Posted: 22/06/2009
Warning: Do You Recognise These 21 Blogging Mistakes?  
What are the most common mistakes made by new bloggers? And how can they be avoided? Here are 21 mistakes that new bloggers make.
Posted: 19/06/2009
Really Bad Powerpoint ... and how to avoid it  
Seth Godin believes there are thousands of hours wasted, every single day, by boring PowerPoint presentations filled with bullets. Tryhis tips for better PowerPoint presentations.
Posted: 19/06/2009
Adding ClustrMaps to Your Blog Sidebar  
ClustrMaps is a popular widget for class and student blogs because it reminds students that they are part of a global audience and demonstrates how connected we all are. Here's how to adsd one to your blog.
Posted: 19/06/2009
The Color Wheel and Color Theory  
This blog post, written by a graphic designer, shares ideas and basics about the colour wheel and colour theroy in very user-friendly language. The full blog - Creative Curio - has many other ideas on graphic design principles, as well.
Posted: 15/06/2009