Monday, July 21, 2008

Blog Reader

One of the first things that new teachers can do during the summer to get to know their team and what goes on at their grade level is to read the blogs and web pages of other teachers at the school. To do this you will want to add an Blog Reader to your computer. The following short video from Common Craft will show you what a Blog Reader is and how it works.

To add a Blog Reader to your computer:

1. Go to and set up a free account.

2. Next go to the Chets blog sites to find blogs you want to read.

3. Paste in each url address to the reader service.

Adding all the bog sites might be an interesting start because the Reader will give you notice when each has been updated. Going through an entire blog of a teacher on your grade level last year will give you an overview of the year or looking back to August and September of last year will give you an idea of what to expect as the new year starts.

There are a few other blogs that you might find interesting:

The Principal's blog: Dream Leader

Chets Creek's blog of professional development: Live from the Creek

A Year of Questions and Answers to and from the staff: Pixie Pointers

Now if all this seems just a little too overwhelming and complicated, don't worry. Melanie Holtsman will be offering workshops on setting up Blog Readers and setting up your own Blog. Most of us had to attend the workshops to figure it out, so don't worry, you'll be up and running in no time!

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