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100,000 Edublogs

Edublogs.org free blogs for educators, teachers - logoJames Farmer announced 100,000 Edublogs on his popular Edublogs.org, the online education tools and community of blogging educators. Edublogs was the first run site, with following soon after.

I’ve long been a huge fan of Edublogs and the work that James Farmer has been doing to make blogs free to educators and students.

Are you a teacher, student teacher, or educator? Do you feel frustrated and weary with the sense of isolation, not getting cooperation of other teachers, stuff, administration, and sometimes even parents – let alone, students? Wouldn’t it be exciting to communicate with teachers from around the world, learning about their struggles and triumphs in teaching the world’s future?

Many are using their free Edublogs to communicate with their students and the families, giving assignments, reminders, to do lists, and more. Some offer extra credit work via their blogs, and tutorials to help their students beyond the classroom. E-learning and online education become more important as teachers reach beyond the school building to help students learn and grow.

Edublogs.org offers that community. It’s a chance, for no money or requirements, for you to express yourself, share your knowledge, experiences, and wisdom with others, to ask questions, and learn about how the international educational community.

Here are a few blogs I found while randomly hunting through Edublogs.

OTN @ CIT is “Sharing ideas about online teaching and learning at the Canberra Institute of Technology”. Recent posts include:

Haugen’s Tech Tips Blog offers a variety of educational tips and online references and resources to help teachers and students alike. Examples include:

Streaming Thoughts from Brian C. Smith, an “Instructional Technology Specialist”, has been writing on Edublogs for a while and covers a wide variety of educational topics on being an educator:

Dicas de Ciências – Professor is by Andréa Barreto M. da Poça, professor of sciences in Rio De Janeiro, and blogs about science and technology, and a few other things thrown in. Recent blog posts in Portuguese include:

Hörbuch- und Podcast-Blog is a “hearing book and Podcast blog” in German, introducing readers to web resources for audio books and podcasts that deal with educational material and otherwise. Recent posts in German include:

The Digital Classroom is a great resource with information on training programs for teachers, online education, and the rise in digital learning, often called “e-learning”. Recent posts include:

As you can tell, Edublogs covers a wide spectrum of bloggers and topics, all dealing with educational issues.

Congrats to Edublogs, James Farmer, and the wonderful staff, volunteers, and bloggers at Edublogs and the other student blog networks.

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12 Comments

  1. Posted October 3, 2007 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Thanks for mentioning my blog. :-)

  2. Posted October 3, 2007 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Yes, thank you so much for the mention. Much appreciated. I’m loving edublogs.org and am impressed with the updates made. I say keep them coming!

    Again, thanks for the link.

  3. Posted October 3, 2007 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Thanks for adding my Blog to your list: I’m honoured!

  4. Posted October 3, 2007 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the kudos to edublogs (I agree wholeheartedly!) and the mention of my blog. It’s been a fun learning experience for me, and hopefully helpful to others.
    Also, I now have a new place to turn to learn more about WordPress and blogging!
    Thanks,
    Kirsten

  5. Posted October 3, 2007 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    I thought blogsome was also using WPMU? It was before wp.com, I believe

  6. Posted October 3, 2007 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    It might have been before WordPress.com, but Edublogs was the first. “History” says it was Edublogs, then WordPress.com, but then, who can trust history nowadays with so many rewriting it. :D

  7. Posted October 3, 2007 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Thanks from the OTN crew :)
    Edublogs is one service we promote at our institute for world wide blogging, connectivity and sharing.
    Kudos to James for sticking with his vision – it’s been a journey I’m sure! Thanks a million James :)

  8. Posted October 3, 2007 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    I hope people track down as many edublogs (and uniblogs.org) as possible to see what an interesting collection has been built up.

    Paul Hamilton’s blog mentioned above is itself an edublogs.org, Free Resources Education Free Programs and Online Resources for (Special) Education, http://paulhami.edublogs.org/ His suggestions are great for the elderlies, too, who need to personalize their Internet, such audio or visual enhancers and a great find in “books”– (e.g., The mission of the folks at LibriVox is the “acoustical liberation of books in the public domain”.)

    Now I have to go check out what you discovered. :idea:

  9. theworkisdone
    Posted October 4, 2007 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Well, edublogs.org is running WordPress MU, right? Well, WPMU outputs a HTTP-Header, that looks as of today for edublogs.org

    Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2007
    X-totalblogs: 63063
    X-rootblog: http://edublogs.org/
    X-created-on: 2005-07-30 09:09:37
    Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8

    63063 seems a little bit smaller than 100K. Anyway: Congrats!

    Btw. the corresponding PHP-Function was removed from WPMU-Codebase as of today.

  10. theworkisdone
    Posted October 4, 2007 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Whoops, seems they are cumulating blog-counts from different sites. Quote:Well, OK, I can say a bit more, in fact we’ve currently got more like 103,000 blogs, separated over four sites (63K on edublogs.org and 39K spread across the student sites)., edublogs.org

  11. Posted October 4, 2007 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Like others, I am a big fan of James and Edublogs. Thanks for the great write-up but also for the links to the wonderful sites that you found. I rss-ed most of them.
    Kevin H.
    Massachusetts, USA

  12. Posted October 4, 2007 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Ah, I see we have some party-goers who are the type who enjoy popping the birthday child’s balloons at birthday parties.

    Edublogs is an umbrella blogging community, all based upon providing free education-oriented blogs for teachers and students. If you had dug into the history and links I’d provided, you would know that Edublogs is made up of the original Edublogs, blogs for educators, learnerblogs for school students, uniblogs.org for university and college students, and eslblogs for those involved in teaching English as a second language and English as a foreign language.

    I’d say that this makes what James Farmer and his team at Edublogs has done deserving of as many balloons at their party as anything. No matter how many candles on their cake.

    He’s a hero in my book.


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