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February 28, 2007

Copy & Paste Blogging

The next time you see a big chunk of quoted text in a blog post, ask yourself why it's there. Is it concern that the link (to a newspaper, say) might expire or become outdated? Is it a sincere desire to create reader convenience? Or is it at its core simply a blogger wanting you to stay where you ...

February 28, 2007

The Homework Game Show

USA Today's Greg Toppo has a piece in yesterday's paper about the new reality show coming out from Survivor creator Mark Burnett, called "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" He's kind enough to include my trenchant observation that most parents helping out with homework are already on this game show pretty much every night of the week. Here: For $1 million, are you smarter than these kids?. PS -- I guessed the turtle answer -- correctly. Luck.

February 15, 2007

"Most Viewed" On EdWeek? Not Quite.

Like the NYT, EdWeek now has a "most viewed" stories tab that lets you see which stories are getting the most reads (for an example see here). And, over the past few weeks, this blog has steadily creeped up the list and is (today at least) number two. Of course, the list is totally unfair to eve...

February 10, 2007

Security Checks For USDE Researchers: You Heard It Here First

Halfway through January, I wrote about how researchers were being asked to go through unnecessary-seeming security clearances to work on USDE projects (see here). Less than a month later, the NYT runs a piece about the situation (Critics Question Education Department’s Screening), which has sin...

February 09, 2007

A One-Month Anniversary At My New "Home"

It's been roughly a month now since I've been here on, and so far, so good, it seems. Thanks to everyone who's bravely checked out the site for the first time -- and all of you longtime readers, thanks for making the move. Thanks also to the folks for putting up with my ince...

February 04, 2007

The Best Of The Week (January 29-February 4)

Best Of The Week School Reform Hurricane: The Atlantic Monthly's Amy Waldman What's Going On In The Education Industry? Please Ma'am -- Step Away From The Blog On The Hill The Budget Is Coming, The Budget Is Coming Federal Education Budget Update Senate HELP Subcommittee Lineup Teacher Incentive Fu...

February 02, 2007

The Decline Of The Blogosphere

More and more, it seems, folks are blogging without reading other blogs first, or just ignoring what they've seen on another site.  This happens to me all the time these days, and it seems especially true of the group or "team" blogs, in which folks dip in and out of the sphere without necessar...

February 01, 2007

How This Site Works

In case you're wondering, there is a rough schedule for new posts on this site, but I don't think I've ever laid it out. Every morning M-F there's a roundup of the day's big newspaper stories (thanks to Margaret), as well as the Wednesday Carnival of Education Blogs and the occasional coverage of a...

January 30, 2007

Find Out About New Posts -- Without Coming Here

Let's be honest -- it's a pain to come back here all the time. You don't want to miss the latest scoop, education headlines, silliness, or banter -- but unlike me you've got real work to do. So this is how to avoid ever having to come back here again to check for new stuff: You can sign up for ...

January 29, 2007

Most Viewed On EdWeek

EdWeek now has a handy-dandy "most viewed stories" list next to each story you view (sorta like the NYT version). to which I point you merely to point out that This Week In Education squeaks in at #5. Not bad, considering what a short time we've been here. Thanks to everyone who's found their way ...

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