Writing made easy with Writing Helper (via WordPress.com News)

A great new tool for the wordpressers

Writing made easy with Writing Helper We know the hardest part of blogging is actually writing posts. And most blogging software,  and even word processors, do little to help writers write. Today at WordPress.com we're  proud to announce a new kind of feature, aimed at helping the writing process, called Writing Helper. It's a new box that appears underneath the edit box on the Add a Post Screen (the entire box can be dragged to the right side if you want it next to the edit box, ins … Read More

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How Social Media Use Affects Students

Social media has seamlessly integrated into our lives, and I guess especially among the younger generations. I only have to look at my own students, virtually without exception they all have use Facebook.  But the ubiquity of social media in a student’s life has some serious positive and negative effects.

You decide where the balance is.

The infographic below which was sent to me through http://www.soshable.com for further publication, weighs the pros and cons of social media application in a daily student routine.

Is Social Media Ruining Students?
Via: OnlineEducation.net

It is clear though that given the large numbers of students on Facebook, and by now we understand that ‘students’ may well include people from seven years and up, we can no longer ignore it. I guess families as well as educational institutions may want to look at this reality and see where they can come up with creative ways to  curb the negative effects. If social media, Facebook,  is part of our youngsters realities we’ll have to make it part of our realities.

Personally, I like Facebook, it has been of great use during the immediate time after the earthquake and I have found it useful to keep in contact with students. More than once I have had students telling me that they prefer to be contacted via facebook as opposed to normal email or mobile phone even. So I go with it and have fun with it. At the same time I realize how easy it is to get sucked in and end up losing precious time (lots of it) to find you never got done what you set out to do. So if anything finding the right balance and priority is important.

What are your thoughts?

Photo Journal: This is the day the Lord Has made cont.


“(J) wow look at those colors over the water. Is it not just amazing!?
(A) Oh ok I’ll stop here, go shoot some pictures I know you want to.
(J) No no, I was just making noticing how beautiful it looks
(A) Right, but now get out and shoot some pictures as it is indeed beautiful (smile)

In the previous post I left with a gallery of sunrise photos but as indicated I can also really appreciate beautiful sunsets. The one  we saw fall over Golden Bay was quite a great closing finale to a great day out and about.

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New Theme: Tapestry (via WordPress.com News)

New Theme: Tapestry We love blogging, and we know you do too, but we also have a special interest in making blogging lovely for your readers as well. It’s for that reason that we’ve taken a shine to Post Formats and themes that make good use of them. Themes like today’s new premium theme, Tapestry, available for a one time price of $75. The Tapestry theme accounts f … Read More

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New Theme: Mystique (via WordPress.com News)

A very nice theme

New Theme: Mystique I think you'll agree this theme has a certain mystique to it. This fun, colorful theme is flexible enough to fit any type of site — it's simply loaded with options. A long-time favorite for self-hosted sites designed by digitalnature, Mystique is now available in your WordPress.com dashboard. What doesn't this theme do? It of … Read More

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