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L&L Podcast: May Point/Counterpoint

June 22nd, 2011

Eric A. Walters and Michael Baum argue both sides of the question "Will the iPad revolutionize education?" This podcast is 9:24 minutes. ISTE members can read the full text version in the L&L archives.

Jennifer Perino, director of instructional technology at Peoria Notre Dame High School in Peoria, Illinois, produced this podcast for L&L  as part of her internship through Johns Hopkins University.

L&L Podcast: May Student Profile: Adora Svitak

June 22nd, 2011

L&L Senior Editor Diana Fingal profiled 13-year-old Adora Svitak, the youngest person to ever win the National Education Association Foundation Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education. This podcast is 4:54 minutes. ISTE members can ead the full text version of this story in the L&L archives.

Jennifer Perino, director of instructional technology at Peoria Notre Dame High School in Peoria, Illinois, produced this podcast for L&L  as part of her internship through Johns Hopkins University.

L&L Podcast: “Do Web 2.0 Right” by Daniel Light (Feb. 2011)

March 16th, 2011

So you want to use Web 2.0 tools in your classroom, but you don't know where to start? Find out what works and what doesn't from some teachers who have tried it all.This podcast is 19:21 minutes long. If you're an ISTE member, you can read the text version of this article in L&L's archive.

Jennifer Perino, director of instructional technology at Peoria Notre Dame High School in Peoria, Illinois, produced this podcast for L&L  as part of her internship through Johns Hopkins University.

A Reflection on the Benefits of Classroom Blogging

February 10th, 2011
Posted by Kathleen Morris (McGeady) on Monday, January 17th 2011

Most of you will know how passionate I am about blogging in the classroom. Since I started blogging with my students in 2008, I have come to realise how enormous the benefits are.

The diagram below summarizes the most powerful benefits I’ve found from blogging:

benefits of blogging 2


  • Improved Literacy Skills: I wrote about the improvement in my students’ literacy skills in this post. Not only were skills improved, but engagement levels increased. Reluctant writers wanted to write for a purpose and students were using blogs to purposefully communicate and converse with others.
  • Authentic Audience: In the traditional classroom, the only audience of student work was the teacher and sometimes classmates and parents. Blogs provide a much larger audience for student work and an avenue for feedback and self-improvement through commenting.
  • Sense of Classroom Community: Creating a class blog requires teamwork and collaboration. Students and teachers learn and share their learning together. A real sense of classroom community can be developed through blogging and establishing a class identity.
  • Global Connections: I have found this to be one of the most exciting benefits of blogging. Blogging can help flatten the classroom walls and we have got to know many classes across five continents who we call our “blogging buddies”. The benefits of these connections are priceless. A sense of understanding and tolerance develops and students can learn a lot about the world in which they live. We’ve used blogs to undertake global collaborative projects such as Collaboration Corner and the Uganadan Global Project.
  • ICT Skills: Blogging assists students to become more ICT literate which is an important 21st century skill. Through blogging, we’re able to incidentally discuss many ICT skills such as keyboard shortcuts, researching online and troubleshooting.
  • Home- School Partnerships: I have received many comments from parents and families who love using the class blog as a “window into our classroom”. Through commenting, families can be a part of what is happening in our classroom and have real time access to their child’s education.
  • Appropriate Online Behaviours: Everyone will agree that teaching students to be safe online is an important issue. You can’t just do one off lessons on cyber safety. Cyber safety is not a separate subject. Through being heavily involved in blogging, my Grade Two class has opportunities almost every day to discuss cyber safety issues and appropriate online behaviors in an authentic setting.
  • Confidence: I have found that students really take pride in their work that goes on the blog and want to do their best for their impending audience. Students can gain self-confidence from being part of a class blog and demonstrating their achievements.

Overall, blogging is a platform for everything. It is a fantastic place to start for teachers and students who want to learn about technology. Additionally, there are so many wonderful Web 2.0 tools out there which have so much more value when you can embed them in a blog.

A Reflection on the Benefits of Classroom Blogging

February 10th, 2011
Posted by Kathleen Morris (McGeady) on Monday, January 17th 2011

Most of you will know how passionate I am about blogging in the classroom. Since I started blogging with my students in 2008, I have come to realise how enormous the benefits are.

The diagram below summarizes the most powerful benefits I’ve found from blogging:

benefits of blogging 2


  • Improved Literacy Skills: I wrote about the improvement in my students’ literacy skills in this post. Not only were skills improved, but engagement levels increased. Reluctant writers wanted to write for a purpose and students were using blogs to purposefully communicate and converse with others.
  • Authentic Audience: In the traditional classroom, the only audience of student work was the teacher and sometimes classmates and parents. Blogs provide a much larger audience for student work and an avenue for feedback and self-improvement through commenting.
  • Sense of Classroom Community: Creating a class blog requires teamwork and collaboration. Students and teachers learn and share their learning together. A real sense of classroom community can be developed through blogging and establishing a class identity.
  • Global Connections: I have found this to be one of the most exciting benefits of blogging. Blogging can help flatten the classroom walls and we have got to know many classes across five continents who we call our “blogging buddies”. The benefits of these connections are priceless. A sense of understanding and tolerance develops and students can learn a lot about the world in which they live. We’ve used blogs to undertake global collaborative projects such as Collaboration Corner and the Uganadan Global Project.
  • ICT Skills: Blogging assists students to become more ICT literate which is an important 21st century skill. Through blogging, we’re able to incidentally discuss many ICT skills such as keyboard shortcuts, researching online and troubleshooting.
  • Home- School Partnerships: I have received many comments from parents and families who love using the class blog as a “window into our classroom”. Through commenting, families can be a part of what is happening in our classroom and have real time access to their child’s education.
  • Appropriate Online Behaviours: Everyone will agree that teaching students to be safe online is an important issue. You can’t just do one off lessons on cyber safety. Cyber safety is not a separate subject. Through being heavily involved in blogging, my Grade Two class has opportunities almost every day to discuss cyber safety issues and appropriate online behaviors in an authentic setting.
  • Confidence: I have found that students really take pride in their work that goes on the blog and want to do their best for their impending audience. Students can gain self-confidence from being part of a class blog and demonstrating their achievements.

Overall, blogging is a platform for everything. It is a fantastic place to start for teachers and students who want to learn about technology. Additionally, there are so many wonderful Web 2.0 tools out there which have so much more value when you can embed them in a blog.

L&L Article Podcast: “Culture of Collaboration” by Brenda McCombs

December 22nd, 2010

Find out how one school system achieved districtwide technology integration through an ongoing professional development program that encouraged its teachers to learn and lead together. This podcast is 13:22 minutes long. Jennifer Perino, director of instructional technology at Peoria Notre Dame High School in Peoria, Illinois, produced this podcast for L&L  as part of her internship for Johns Hopkins University.

Michael George