Spring Blog Festival

Spring Blog Festival

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Spring Blog Festival is a 12-hour celebration of bloggers and their work. The event showcases bloggers, their work, and tips about blogging as way to reflect, work with students, learn, and use for education and for business. The annual event is in the spirit of open education and is completely free.

Spring Blog Festival March 21, 2015

The Spring Blog Festival (SBF) will take place on March 21, 2015 on WizIQ education online from 11 AM GMT to 11 PM GMT.  Highlights include: Why blog, background to blogging, influential bloggers, getting started, and best practices and challenges involved in blogging. Click here to join: https://www.wiziq.com/course/100157-spring-blog-festival

Sharing is Caring

The presenters and attendees of the Spring Blog Festival have come together to partner for learning because they care. Caring is reaching new heights because of the Internet. People can now share their ideas knowledge and help each other freely. Bloggers are rewarded by their readers.

Presenters at the Spring Blog Festival 

The presenters will be joining the SBF from Canada, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and the USA. You may learn more about the presenters by clicking on their names. The presenters are educators. They have volunteered to speak on blogging because they care.

Karen BlumbergNancy ZingroneMaría J. García San MartínJoanna Norton
Halina Ostańkowicz-BazanJanet SalmonsJanet Bianchini | Mary HrickoVance Stevens
Dr Ebba OssiannilssonStephen DownesAnita Zijdemans BoudreauNorm Vaughan

Presentations at the Spring Blog Festival


Why Blog?

Blogs have been around since 2004.  According to a study conducted by Colucci and Cho from School of Design Strategies at Parsons, The New School for Design, Blogs provide information (Colucci & Cho, 2014). Blogs allow bloggers to share information, ask questions, gain trust, build communities, and receive recognition. In many cases, blogging brings meaning to people’s lives.

Blogging as a Way to Learn

I generally require my students to reflect on the content and the process of their learning in a blog. I developed a criteria to facilitate the reflective writing process because many find reflective writing difficult. Students are also expected to use multi-media and share the blog posts on social networks.

Reflective Writing Template

Give the title, date, presenter or presenters, lesson, class, course, lecture, conference session, webinar, presentation, or workshop, number or name of the event, and where the event took place (online/face-to-face).

  1. Describe the event very briefly.
  2. Did you connect with the other attendees and/or the speaker? If so, how?
  3. What questions came up during the event? List them.
  4. How did the content relate to you as a teacher and/or learner or individual?
  5. What were some of the thoughts that went through your mind during the event?
  6. How did you feel during the event? If you felt good, what made you feel good? If you felt discomfort, what made you feel discomfort?
  7. What challenges might you encounter in implementing some of the ideas?
  8. What steps can you take to resolve challenges?
  9. What would you like to do in the future as a result of what you heard, read, saw in the event?
  10. Write a question or 2 that you would like to research (look into) as a result of the event.


Students are expected to use Multi-media in their blog posts. They can create the reflection on a google drive doc first and then add it to their blog. The purpose is to get others to comment and collaborate in editing the post.

  • Write your reflection on google drive text doc or PowerPoint presentation
  • Create a video of your reflection using screencast-o-matic, PresentMe, jing, Movenote, Slidespeech, or any other video screencaster
  • Add it to your blog, google drive document, or wiki,
  • Make the document, page, or post public
  • Share the link in social networks (Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, LinkedIn, Scoopit, Pinerest).

Can Blogs Transform?

Blogging can transform both personally and professionally. All you need is an idea and the rest will follow. As Peter Thiel claims in Zero to One, you cannot learn the art of innovation and success in school. It takes moving away from what is around to get new ideas that will spread.

Some bloggers have become so popular that they make a living from blogging. One such blogger is Chiara Ferragni. Chiara Ferragni is a Big-Name Blogger who Makes $8 Million A Year. Her blog is called the blond salad.

Chiara Ferragni
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“The Blonde Salad is much more than a blog today, it’s a real source of inspiration and style for millions people in Italy and around the world. Chiara Ferragni collaborates today with the major Fashion Houses, she appears in the most read magazines, she is the creative director of her shoe line which is entirely Made in Italy and she has been named by Business of Fashion as one of the most influential personalities of the international fashion world” (http://www.theblondesalad.com/about).

Reference Citation

Colucci, C., & Cho, E. (2014). Trust inducing factors of Generation Y blog-users. International Journal of Design, 8(3), 113-122. Retrieved from http://ijdesign.org/ojs/index.php/IJDesign/article/view/1504/658

Dr. Nellie Deutsch

Dr. Nellie Deutsch is an education technology and curriculum consultant, faculty at Atlantic University in the MA transpersonal and leadership studies, teacher trainer, researcher, and writer. She organizes Moodle MOOCs and online conferences. She earned her doctorate in education and educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix Her dissertation research (available on ProQuest & Amazon) focused on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world. Nellie offers free teacher training courses on teaching with technology, action research and Moodle for teacher courses to new, veteran, and future teachers who wish to teach online, face-to-face or in blended learning formats. She also provides online courses to teachers and ICT people on how to be administrators of Moodle websites. She integrates Moodle and WizIQ live virtual classes in all her courses.


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