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Edublogs helps advisers manage classroom blogging

Edublogs helps advisers manage classroom blogging

| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Blogging has become an essential digital skill for journalists, especially scholastic journalists. Harrison High School journalism teacher Brad Lewis uses edublogs.org in his beginning journalism classroom because it runs on a WordPress platform, which creates familiarity with the School Newspapers Online CMS his news staff uses, and allows him oversight capabilities. “Since I was doing this for […]

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TodaysMeet an easy feedback tool

TodaysMeet an easy feedback tool

| March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

TodaysMeet is an easy-to-use social media tool for presenters and audiences. A presenter (classroom teacher, newspaper adviser, fill in the blank) sets up a meeting that is available via the web on digital devices of all sizes (from desktop to cell phone) for as little as one hour to as much as one week. With […]

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Newsela.com adjusts online news articles to student lexile level

Newsela.com adjusts online news articles to student lexile level

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

The email from the school librarian seemed too good to be true.  It stated, “https://www.newsela.com/ High Interest daily articles from major publications- each one avail at 5 reading levels! Common Core aligned & each has 4 reading comprehension questions (mult. choice). Go see it!” I did, and I’m hooked.  I’ve set up sharing options for both […]

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Like Getty Images, should school sites share free photos?

Like Getty Images, should school sites share free photos?

| March 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

High school photographers and staff may wish to consider a cautionary tale playing out in professional media, namely Getty Images. Getty recently made a decision to remove its watermark from online photographs and share photos on the web for free, labeling the move a strategic survival tactic for photographers and the company. My high school […]

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The New York Times Learning Network offers a real-life editorial opportunity

The New York Times Learning Network offers a real-life editorial opportunity

| February 26, 2014 | 1 Comments

Students and teams of students can write on topics that matter to them, and potentially earn online publication in The Learning Network (Teaching and Learning with the New York Times). It’s a neat, real-life opportunity that can go far beyond the March 17, 2014 deadline. The link to the first-ever contest also provides a rubric […]

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Free CCleaner an optimization tool that’s easy to install in newspaper labs

Free CCleaner an optimization tool that’s easy to install in newspaper labs

| February 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Because I’m an app nerd, I subscribe to MacUpdate Desktop.  And, because I subscribe to MacUpdate Desktop, I’m exposed daily to a list of potential apps I can’t do without.  I’ve learned to scan quickly. I purchased MacKeeper to optimize my personal laptop computer, but it is an unaffordable option for my newspaper lab, which […]

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Inqscribe or Dragon Dictate: transcription/dictation software not all equal

Inqscribe or Dragon Dictate: transcription/dictation software not all equal

| February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

I won’t pretend to be an expert in this area, but I will be glad to share my recent experience with two dictation/transcription software programs I tried. When I want to get something done, I can be a little impulsive.  So, upon returning from the Journalism Education Association (JEA) Boston conference in November with fresh […]

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SNO recognition badges offer staff incentives

SNO recognition badges offer staff incentives

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Lettering in a sport is important to many high school athletes.  Perhaps earning badges will become a source of such an honor for scholastic journalists. School Newspapers Online (SNO) has created a recognition program in which SNO sites can qualify for badges, based on areas of continuous coverage site excellence story page excellence excellence in writing multimedia, […]

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Presentation: Add video to your traditional print journalism program

Presentation: Add video to your traditional print journalism program

| November 22, 2013 | 1 Comments

This presentation was given at the JEA/NSPA national high school journalism conference in Boston, Nov. 14 – 17, 2013. JEA Boston Presentation 11 15 13

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