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A long but fulfilling day

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Another long day but a good one over all. Taught middle schoolers how to create header images for their blogs or web sites. Taught a high school elective via video conference about wikis, tags, and rss to kick off the horizonproject. Then brought 9 new teachers into the blogosphere with an after school Professional Development opportunity.

On thing that is becoming clear is that it’s getting harder and harder to find a place to put a personal blog. Edublogs, Blogger, Yahoo 360, blogs.com, are all blocked and I don’t know where to tell teachers to turn too if they want to have a personal blog. I would love to be able to support them in creating one as there is no better way to learn a tool or see the benefits in it if the learner can make a person connection.

If anyone has a site they think might work from China please pass it along. Right now the only way I know how to run a blog is to host one yourself…which the average person doesn’t want to do. They want something, simple and free…a.k.a. blogger.

It’s times like this that living behind “The Wall” is frustrating.


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I started blogging in 2005 and found it such a powerful way to reflect and share my thinking about technology, this generation, and how we prepare students for their future not our past.


  1. And we hear so much complaining about the mini-walls here in America. We simply have no realization of what you deal with on a daily basis, working to bring a world class education behind a true wall!

    I’m glad it went well today — we are making progress and doing well on the project. We’re on track for a good start! Hold on!

  2. I’m in Beijing. After finding my blog blocked last week–see my post “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants, Digital Refugees–I created an account at http://www.blogsavy.com. I don’t know much about them but I started the process of moving everything over but got sidetracked. Two days later I found I could access my edublogs blog again. Therefore, I’m still using edublogs and haven’t progressed with blogsavy. Blogsavy might be worth investigating.

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