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Blog early, blog often: the secret to making boys write properly

In today’s Independent, via @joedale:

The biggest impact has been on boys – who are happily churning out 5,000-word stories for their blogs in the classroom. The school, Heathfield primary, is now being used as a role model to encourage others around the country to adopt its methods. The turnabout has seen the percentage of pupils getting a higher than average score (“level five”) in national curriculum writing tests for 11-year-olds soar from just 7 per cent to 63 per cent.

The biggest impact has been on boys – who are happily churning out 5,000-word stories for their blogs in the classroom. The school, Heathfield primary, is now being used as a role model to encourage others around the country to adopt its methods. The turnabout has seen the percentage of pupils getting a higher than average score (“level five”) in national curriculum writing tests for 11-year-olds soar from just 7 per cent to 63 per cent.

 Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/blog-early-blog-often-the-secret-to-making-boys-write-properly-2211232.html#

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Are you blogging more than you think?

Ooops a daisy! Photo by duncan on Flickr, used with permission.

Could you be accidentally publishing images, documents and other files to the web? 

You could be if you forget that all uploaded files are on the web, not just those you’ve chosen to use in your posts.  And those files can be surprisingly easy to find.

Here’s an example to explain.

Yesterday, a commercial publisher asked for permission to reuse an excellent photo, taken about 3 years ago, which they’d found on an Edubuzz blog. There’s nothing unusual about that: there are now over 8000 images on the site. What was unusual, though, was that the school involved didn’t think they’d used the photo on the blog.

So what was happening?  Read on to find out.