Welcome to the first ever
Jersey Educator Podcast!
Web Tool Of The Week
I started TeacherCast.net before I was introduced to the amazing world of WordPress. I started on an application called Sandvox. Please don’t get me wrong, Sandvox is a great website building application and the great people at Sandvox and I have a wonderful relationship. However, it wasn’t until I created a TeacherCast website on WordPress that my podcasting and my websites sprung to life.
I build all of my websites through the WordPress framework. It’s free, dynamic, mobile, and I can easily create virtually any type of website I can imagine. On this episode of the JerseyEducator Podcast, we look at WordPress as a way to build a simple class website.
There are two types of WordPress. One is commonly referred to as “.com” and the other is “.org”. The DotCom version is FREE and can be accessed at WordPress.com. In it’s basic form, WordPress is a blogging platform. A POWERFUL blogging platform. Teachers can use a free WordPress.com account to create a web presence to get their daily lessons and assignments out to their students.
The second form of WordPress, or “.org” is a versatile blogging platform AND a rich, robust Content Management System (CMS). What is a CMS?
In this weeks podcast, we discuss the differences between .com and .org to help you build the best class website for your learning environment.
App of the Week
Recently released on the iTunes store, the KidBlog app is a free app for iPhone, iPod, and iPad which allows teachers and students to quickly and easily access their free Kidblog accounts. By simply logging into their class accounts on the app, students can take their blogs with them wherever they go. Students will find it very easy to create and edit their posts on the fly. This gives teachers and amazing opportunity to teach their students about mobile learning, and mobile assignments. Imaging all of your students completing a writing assignment while on the bus coming back from a field trip. The possibilities are endless.
You may download the free Kidblog app at these locations:
Steve Gambuti is the Editor in Chief of NJ Education Now. He has been an educator in Passaic County for over a decade and has taught all across the board. It is this variety in teaching multiple subjects and grade levels that has proven to be an asset for Steve as he edits NJ Education Now.
Steve began his career as a second grade teacher and has been sort of a utility man ever since. He has spent a few years teaching middle school math, science and social studies as well as computers. In between having his own classrooms, Steve spent a couple of years as a technology coordinator for his school.
Steve was a late bloomer when it came to education. He started his professional life in the corporate world working in various jobs trying to find what he truly loved. The result was teaching. Steve came into education via the Alternate Route program and had a fantastic mentor who guided him during his first few years as he was learning the ropes.
NJ News Story
Welcome to the first ever JerseyEducator Podcast. I would like to introduce myself. I am a high school orchestra director from North Brunswick Twp. School District and the creator of TeacherCast.net. I would like to invite you to participate on my new web adventure: www.JerseyEducation.com.
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If you have ever read Cliff Ravenscraft’s blog post about how iTunes podcast ratings work, then you know just how valuable leaving a 5 star rating and/or a written review can be to a content producer.
I am very thankful to those who have recently gone into my listing in iTunes to provide a five start rating and a written review of The Jersey Educator Podcast and the TeacherCast Podcasting Network.