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Learning in the 21st Century: How to Connect, Collaborate and Create

Learning in 21st Century book cover

On January 25, 2013, Global #gtchat was pleased to host special guests and authors, Ben Curran and Neil Wetherbee from @engaginged. Their soon-to-be published book, Learning in the 21st Century: How to Connect, Collaborate and Create, from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum was the topic for discussion. It was announced by Corin Goodwin, Executive Director at GHF, that the book would be released on February 18th. It will be available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble as a book and also in Kindle and Nook formats. Participants joined us from 14 states and 5 countries! A full transcript can be found at Storify.

Post Script ~ Global #gtchat celebrated its 3rd Birthday on January 22, 2010! Take a look at the transcript from the 2nd chat on the very first day here. Special thanks to Deborah Mersino for having the foresight to start our chat!


Engaging Educators website

Perspectives in Gifted Homeschooling Series from GHF Press

More about Ben and Neil at the Engaging Educators Blog

Engaging Educators Blog

Engaging Educators on Facebook

Engaging Educators on Pinterest

Engaging Education: 2013′s Hottest Trend?

Regional Connections: 2013′s Other Hottest Trend?

Going Global: How to Connect Your Classroom to Schools Around the World

Videos from Engaging Educators

Cybraryman’s ISTE Page

Cybraryman’s Google Docs Page

Cybraryman’s Google Hangouts

“Write to Learn: How Blogging Can Inspire”

This chat drew an unexpectedly large crowd from 18 states and 5 countries to discuss blogging for gifted students and adult bloggers as well. It was great to see so many new faces and old friends. Since its inception, gtchat has spawned many gifted blogs which in turn have inspired thousands of readers. It was also encouraging to hear that so many teachers were planning to have their students start blogging in the new year.

Where did our bloggers find inspiration?  “Twitter. Quotes. Twitter. Students. The world. Chats. Others blogs. Did I mention students? <–all inspiring!” (Krissy Venosdale) “I write what I live and know. My kids are a huge inspiration for what I write or probably more accurate: the inspiration.” (Stacia Taylor) “Inspiration from my life, the questions I have from clients, questions I see raised in forums/boards/groups -ways to become/be.” (Edith Johnston) “Focusing my writing on teacher behavior, I find the faculty meetings & my own classroom to be awesome source of inspiration”. (Mark Clements) “My inspiration comes mostly from the chats and Twitter stream. Enjoy sharing my resources and experience.” (Jerry Blumengarten)

What were considered some of the benefits of student blogging? “I feel blogging is wonderful for students. It even gives the quietest student a voice that can be heard globally.” (Jerry Blumengarten) “My students are working on writing thoughtful comments on other students’ blogs.” (Michael Buist) “We blog with our class; kids love to share our learning with their families (and the world).” (Krissy Venosdale) “Biggest benefit…motivation to produce high quality work. They know there’s an audience…this drives them to do well.” (Engaging Educators)

Below, you will find many links to sources that can help you start blogging with your students/children and ways to improve them if you have already started. The transcript to this chat may be found here.


8 Tips for Blogging with Students   

How to Write for Blogging Students

Learn, Learner,

The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons  

Thirteen Thoughts on Student Blogging  

What Does Student Blogging Exactly Do?  

Kidblog: Safe and Simple Blogs for Your Students 

A Better Blogging Assignment 

What it Might Be – Authentic Student Blogging 

Australia: Student Blogging Program

10 Reasons I Want My Students to Blog

Student Blogging (wiki) 

Setting Up Your Student Blogs

A Rubric for Evaluating Student Blogs 

How Do Students Create Their Own Blog and Join a Class? (Edublogs)  

The State of Educational Blogging in 2012 

Cybraryman1: Blogs

Cybraryman1: Class Blogs

How Blogging Can Improve Student Writing

Teachers First: Blog Ideas

Elementary Teacher Talk Wiki: Blog Ideas

100 Seriously Cool Classroom Blogs for Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Classroom Blogging Wiki: Blogging Activities 


Engaging Educators

Joyful Latin Learning – Tres Columnae

Jofrei and Co.


A Meandering Journey


Gifted Parenting Support

Work Hard, Be Courageous, Celebrate Growth

Sprite’s Site

Gifted Resources Blog

AskteacherA: Inspirational Education


Laughing at Chaos

Leopold Primary School

Extraordinary Learning for a Digital Age

Quad Blogging

Langwitches Blog

Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog

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