How You Create a Personal Learning Network




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  1. Using the handout provided, brainstorm where your connections already lie.
  2. Any "blank" spots on your handout? You will have time to research who you might like to add there!
  3. Let's take a look at the following:
    Colleagues
    Family/Local Community
    Print and Digital Resources
    Conferences
    Curriculum Documents
    Social Bookmarking
    Video Conferencing
    Blogs
    Wikis
    Podcasts
    Twitter
    Social Network Sites
    Photo Sharing
    Popular Media
  4. Choose your targets. There is no need to try to focus on every section of your potential network.
  5. Use the resources below to help you begin your search.


Creating a Personal Learning Network with Web 2.0 Tools
Twitter and Plurk
http://www.twitter.com and http://www.plurk.com
Connect with other learners in 140 chartacter bites of conversation.

Starting Points
Twitter in Plain English http://www.commoncraft.com/Twitter
Brief and engaging video look at how Twitter works.

Twittering not Frittering http://www.edutopia.org/twitter-professional-development-technology-microblogging
Explanation of how Twitter can be used as a professional development tool.

TwittGroups ADE and Teachers http://twittgroups.com/groups/ade and http://twittgroups.com/groups/teachers
Listing of many Apple Distinguished Educators and Teachers who are using Twitter

PR 2.0: Twitter Tools for Community and Communications Professionals
http://www.briansolis.com/2008/10/twitter-tools-for-community-and.html
Many free tools and applications to help make twitter a more effective community and communication tool.


Blogs
Blogs are great tools to read, reflect and respond to the thoughts of fellow educators and technology thinkers. Using an RSS aggregator makes it easy to collect and read many blogs from one starting point. Ready to move to the next step? Think about starting your own blog to share your thoughts with others!


Starting Points
Links to School-related blogs http://supportblogging.com/Links+to+School+Bloggers
Blogs are grouped by blogger's role and function. Every educator can find something of interest to start reading and following.


50 Useful Blogging Tools: (fromTeaching Tips.net) http://www.teachingtips.com/blog/2008/07/21/50-useful-blogging-tools-for-teachers/
Tips on tools, safety. and getting students involved in blogging.


Cool Cat Teacher Blog (Vicki Davis) http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/
"Teaching content with new tools, enthusiasm, and the belief that teaching is a noble profession!"


Weblogg-ed (Will Richardson) http://weblogg-ed.com/
Author of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms, Will Richardson blogs on the power of the read/write web.


Learning in Hand (Tony Vincent) http://learninginhand.com/blog/
A blog specializing in handheld, mobile devices as learning tools in the classroom. Most recently focused mainly on iPods.

Learning.now http://www.pbs.org/teachers/learning.now/
PBS Blog by Andy Carvin that examines current trends in learning with technology.


Free Technology for Teachers http://www.freetech4teachers.com/
Ideas and links to free teaching resources located around the web.

RSS Aggregators
Bloglines: http://bloglines.com
Google Reader: http://reader.google.com
Pageflakes: http://pageflakes.com
Netvibes: http://netvibes.com

Become a Blogger
Blogger: http://blogger.com
Wordpress: http://wordpress.com
Edublogs: http://edublogs.org

Social Bookmarking
Delicious and Diigo
http://del.icio.us and http://diigo.com

Here's a place to store your favorite websites and share them with others. Delicious is a Social Bookmarking tool - find an interesting site, tag it with keywords that are related and share it with others in your network. Diigo takes Social Bookmarking a step further by adding tools for highlighting, commenting and annotating web pages either for your own use or for sharing with your network.
Starting Points
FCE (Claudia Ceraso) http://delicious.com/fceblog
Claudia's network includes over 400 fellow educators. Her Delicious links and those of her network are a one-stop shop for almost any grade level and subject area.

Cool Tools and EdTech http://groups.diigo.com/groups/cooltools
A good starting group for Diigo with contributions from over 200 educators.


Seven Things You Should Know about Social Bookmarking (.pdf) http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7001.pdf
Brief article explaining the implications and impact of Social Bookmarking in education

Social Bookmarking from the Teaching Hacks Wiki http://www.teachinghacks.com/wiki/index.php?title=Social_bookmarking_tools
Explanation and ideas for using Social Bookmarking in the classroom.


iChat and Skype
Use these tools to chat using text, audio, or video with other users over the Internet. With iChat you can also send and receive files.

Starting Points
Skype http://www.skype.com
Across platforms and around the world, use this tool to connect with others for free!


iSightEd http://k12onlineconference.org
It's like a world-wide FETC available 24/7. A great place committed "to help educators make sense of and meet the needs of a continually changing learning landscape."


Teachersonnecting http://teachersconnecting.com/
Start here to locate other K-12 teachers for cross-classroom collaboration.

GlobalSchoolNet http://www.globalschoolnet.org/
They provide content, tools, and resources for collaborative project-based learning opportunities that are proven to be diverse, challenging, and innovative.

Podcasts and Webinars
Podcasts are radio-like episodic learning opportunities delivered to you whenever you want to listen and/or watch. Webinars provide a somewhat similar experience, however, they are conducted in real-time and often provide an opportunity for participation.

Starting Points
iTunesU http://www.apple.com/education/guidedtours/itunesu.html
Part of the iTunes Store, these podcasts feature free lectures, language lessons, audiobooks, and more, that you can enjoy on your computer or on the go. Explore educational audio and video files from top universities, museums and public media organizations from around the world.
K12 Online http://k12onlineconference.org
It's like a world-wide FETC available 24/7. A great place committed "to help educators make sense of and meet the needs of a continually changing learning landscape."

EPN Web http://epnweb.org/
This site is jam packed with content to teach with and to explore issues of teaching and learning in the 21st Century.

UStream Weblogg-ed TV http://www.ustream.tv/channel/weblogg-ed-tv
By combining ustream with the use of Twitter, one is able to reach thousands, make connections, and get involved in profound conversations related to education, politics, history. Learning becomes authentic when students are able to participate in live Web TV with global audiences.


Wikis
Wikis are collaborative websites that users can create and edit together. A Ning is more like a social community for sharing conversations with other users who share a common interest.

Starting Points
Classroom 2.0 Ning http://www.classroom20.com/
A great place for building contacts with other educators who are interested in using Web 2.0 tools. A weekly live show on Saturdays gives members a chance to communicate and learn together.


ISTE Ning http://www.iste-community.org
A new Ning created by ISTE to promote communication among ISTE members. Special Interest Groups for Tech Coordinators, 1:1 and more give an opportunity for focused conversations.


Classroom 2.0 Wiki http://wiki.classroom20.com/
A wiki devoted to "building resources for the classroom and professional-development use of Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies."


Build your own collaborative website/web community
Most of these services will remove the ads from your site for free with proof of your educational status.
Ning
http://www.ning.com
Wetpaint http://www.wetpaint.com
Wikispaces http://www.wikispaces.com
PBWiki http://www.pbwiki.com

Apple Learning Interchange
Enjoy great content, meet others, and collaborate online in this one-stop-shop community of educators.
Starting Points
Apple Learning Interchange (ALI)
http://ali.apple.com
1. Sign up for a free account.
2. Search for free content.
3. Find other professionals with similar interests and join Groups.

Education Communities
Enjoy great content, meet others, and collaborate online in other communities specifically designed for teachers.
Starting Points
TeacherShare (Scholastic)
http://teachershare.scholastic.com
Connect with other classroom teachers as you share lesson plans online.


TeachersConnecting http://teacnersconnecting.com
Looking for a classroom collaboration partner? This site will help you find other classes around the globe for project-based activities.


PBS Teachers Connect http://www.pbs.org/teachers/connect/
Discussion boards, resource sharing and comunication with other PBS teachers.


TeacherTube http://teachertube.com
Watch video creations from other classrooms, then upload and share your own.

Flickr
http://flickr.com
Flickr is an online photo sharing site. You can keep photos public or private and connect with other users by adding them as contacts or joining a group. Creative Commons licensing is a way to share your photos while retaining some control over how they are used.

Starting Points
My Friend Flickr
http://www.edutopia.org/my-friend-flickr
Edutopia article with hints and tips on using Flickr in the classroom.


Flickr 52 http://www.flickr.com/groups/942247@N25/
Flickr using educators who are interested in practicing their digital photography skills have created this group to share a photo a week. It's a great way to get and give feedback from other novice photographers.


Second Life
"The Internet's largest user-created, 3-D, virtual world community"


Starting Points
Second Life
http://www.secondlife.com
1. Download and install free application
2. Sign up for free Second Life identity and avatar.


"Get a Muve On" (Kathy Schrock) http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dhs2t6g6_88dmrkt4f8
Great research, information, and resources for Second Life in education.


Places to Look for Podcasts
1. **PodcastDirectory**.com | The big directory for you


PodcastDirectory.com's Podcast directories offers listings of podcasts by regions, cities, languages, formats, etc with podcast reviews and popularity ...
www.podcastdirectory.com



2. NPR **Podcast Directory**
Is there a show you'd like to hear on podcast, but don't see here? Send us an e-mail with your thoughts or comments. We'd love to hear from you! ...
www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_directory.php
3. PodcastAlley.com -- The place to find Podcasts
Podcast Alley is the best site to find all your Podcasts, podcast feeds, podcast definitions, podcast software and best podcast directory.
www.podcastalley.com/
4. Apple - iTunes - Podcasts
Or, here's another way to get there: select the little podcasts icon in the Source column, then click the arrow next to “Podcast Directory” at the very ...
www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts
5. **Podcast Directory**
LearnOutLoud.com Podcast Directory Featuring Podcasts You Can Learn From.
www.learnoutloud.com/Podcast-Directory
6. **Podcast Directory**
Submit your podcast to the fantastic Podcast Directory.
podcastdirectory.org

7. **Podcast Directory**
If you have information on a new podcast, podcast software or hardware, or anything else related to podcasting, let us know! ...
www.podcastingnews.com/forum/links.php
8. Podseek.net | The Topically Organized **Podcast Directory**
Welcome to Podseek.net, the Podcast Directory. Podcast Production Toolkit-1000 Mp3 Sound Effects.
www.podseek.net
9. **Podcast Directory** : Podfeed.net
Podfeed.net is the premier podcast directory, podcast and podcasting resource on the web. The best resource for finding podcasts, listening to podcasts and ...
www.podfeed.net
10. **Podcast Directory**
Welcome to the Podcast Directory at Podcastdir.net. You are able to browse and list podcasts of all categories. If you know of any good podcasts around, ...
www.podcastdir.net

Places to Look for Blogs
Directories
http://www.blogged.com/directory/education/
http://edubloggerdir.blogspot.com/
http://dir.yahoo.com/education/news_and_media/blogs/

Articles/Blog Posts
http://cooper-taylor.com/blog/2009/02/38-ways-to-find-great-edublogs/
Love this wonderful article by Carol Cooper-Taylor on her blog, Blog By Carol. This is a fantastic place to start.

Blog Awards
http://edublogawards.com/
http://bloggerschoiceawards.com/
http://weblogawards.org/


Top Math Blogs

The Little Calculist

Wading into the C
No time for deep thoughts these days; too much hacking, dissertating, designing, and committeefying going on. Just a couple notes based on recent experiences hacking in C/C++:1. Not being able to rely on recursion makes me sad.2. "Downwards macro-args" in C:#define MY_ENUM_LIST(m) \ m(RED, 0), \ ...

Computer Science Education Week
In honor of Computer Science Education Week, I'll just cite a passage I find inspirational about the role of computer science education: Yet programming is more than just a vocational skill. Indeed, good programming is a fun activity, a creative outlet, and a way to express abstract ideas in a...

Ezra: Function calls are not stack frames
I don't have much to add to this but Ezra's saying things that are true:Tim Bray is spreading more misinformation about tail recursion. He describes it this way: It looks like a subroutine call, but in the case where it occurs as the last thing in...

Proposed json.plt change
I'm not sure how many users I have of my json.plt PLaneT package, nor how many of them read my blog. But I thought I'd see if I could take a straw poll here. I'm thinking about changing the data definition in a backwards-incompatible way. What if I said:A jsexpr...

Mitchfest blog
We've created a Mitchfest blog where we'll be posting updates on new material as it becomes available, including presentation slides, videos, and publication of issues of the Festschrift....

Quote of the day
"What's surprising to me is that this language ever managed to achieve widespread use - but I guess it's just another example of how you can break a whole bunch of precious rules and the sky doesn't necessarily fall in. Software is full of people declaiming their 'thou shalt not'...

Basic mathematics blog

Adding polynomials
Get a crystal clear explanation of adding polynomials using algebra tiles...

Degree of a polynomial
Want a crystal clear explanation of the meaning of degree of a polynomial? Get it right here...

Definition of a polynomial
Definition of a polynomial: Learn to identify if a polynomial is a monomial, binomial, or trinomial,...

Word Problem multiplying fractions with fractions
Your job is to sweep 3/4 of the school's cafeteria. Your friend agrees to help you and sweeps 1/3 of your part. What fraction of the entire floor your...

Solving absolute value inequalities
This lesson shows how to use the definition of absolute value when solving absolute value inequalities. I will show you what your teachers never told you. The technique presented here is crystal clear and right to the point...

Solving absolute value equations
This lesson shows how to use the definition of absolute value when solving absolute value equations. I will show you what your teachers never told you. The technique presented here is crystal clear and right to the point...

Ars Mathematica

Insane Clown Posse versus You The Insane Clown Posse has declared war on scientists. Check out these recent lyrics (warning, curse words ahead): Fucking magnets, how do they work? And I don’t wanna talk to a scientist Y’all motherfuckers lying, and getting me pissed They’re accusing you of lying about magnets. Are you going to take that... That Mysterious DNS When I said that I was about to eat a big bowl of non-blogging, I didn’t mean that I was going to turn off the website, but apparently that’s what the server thought I meant. I didn’t realize initially that the site was down because I was having unrelated... Lent’s Up Well, Lent is ending, so I’m getting ready to open up a big bowl of non-blogging. Having just written one post for each of the last 40 days, I’m amazed by the people who keep it up every day for years.... Solving the Pell Equation This article by Henrik Lenstra has an intriguing quote: The key notion underlying the second algorithm is that of “infrastructure”, a word coined by Shanks (see [11]) to describe a certain multiplicative structure that he detected within the period of the continued fraction expansion of √d. It was subsequently shown (see... The 24-Cell in 3-D The 24-cell is a mysterious regular polytope in 4 dimensions, in that there’s no analogy to a Platonic solid. Since 2005, the campus at Penn State has featured a sculpture based on a 3-dimensional projection of this 4-dimensional object. The sculpture, known as the Octacube, was designed by... Counterexamples in Functional Analysis Mohammad Sal Moslehian has put together a website of counterexamples in functional analysis. (On my browser the HTML versions come out looking weird, but the PDFs look fine.)...

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Primary Games Arena - Full of fun resources! Thank you to John who commented on my ABCya! post for leading me to this fun-filled site called the... The Fibonacci Sequence in Lateralus Tool is an extraordinary band. One of their most recent hits, Lateralus, has been claimed to incorpo... Prime Twins and April Entertainment - 2010 “Prime numbers are divisible only by 1 and themselves. They hold their place in the infinite series... Quaternion và ứng dụng trong Động lực học Quaternion là sự mở rộng của số phức, với một lịch sử lâu dài và… hấp dẫn. Bài này không có ý... links for 2010-04-10 Harcourt Math Glossary grades 1-8 (tags: glossary mathematics reference)... A Different Type of Art A few years ago, I was introduced to a different type of art form, known as Fractal Art, or the visu...

The Math Mojo Chronicles

Triangular Numbers and the Devil Recently, inquiring readers six-year old (!) Julien and his Mom, asked about Triangular Numbers: Hello, My son is currently working his way through The Number Devil (by Hans Magnus Enzenberger) and is enjoying it thoroughly. He was particularly happy about the triangular numbers in Chapter 5 because I had just coincidentally given... The Parallax View Only having one method to accomplish anything handicaps you. Having a second method does not degrade the first. It enhances it. It makes each part greater, and it makes the whole greater than the sum of the parts. [...]... Math Mojo vrs. Anti-intellectualism Knowledge isn't something to be afraid of, nor is it something to be proud of. It is just something to be curious about. Curiosity ends when you think you know the answer, but you don't care why it is true - you just know [...]... Occam’s Razor – A Tenet of Math Mojo Occam's Razor is generally seen as "The simplest explanation is generally the best one." This is true, but the phrasing is dangerous ... I think it should be "The simplest explanation that makes sense and does not contradict other known facts is generally the best one." Of course that is... Math Mojo and Financial Insights Getting out of "but the teacher said we have to do it this way" way of thinking is about the best thing you can do for your mental development. Yeah, maybe you have to do it that way in school, to get a grade, but please realize that grading is... Homunculus Nebula Sky and Telescope.com has an interesting article this month. In “A Rogue Star Going Wild?” (no, it’s not about her) it discusses the Homunculus Nebula. It’s not exactly a math article, but Professor Homunculus likes it anyway. Check it out. addthis_url = 'http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mathmojo.com%2Fchronicles%2F2009%2F11%2F27%2Fhomunculus-nebula%2F'; addthis_title =...

Loren on the Art of MATLAB

ODEs, from Symbolic to Numeric Code In a recent post on solving ODEs, the reader Jason wondered if there was a way to do away with the manual algebraic steps using Symbolic Math Toolbox. There currently isn't a canned way to do it so the result is a MATLAB program, but you [...]... Double or Nothing? No Joking! Note the date, folks. I am using this excuse to be a bit light-hearted today. I saw the following quote on someone's door here at MathWorks. [...]... Solving Ordinary Differential Equations I have recently handled several help requests for solving differential equations in MATLAB. All of the cases I worked on boil down to how to transform the higher-order equation(s) given to a system of first order equations. [...]... Debugging Approaches There are lots of posts on the MATLAB newsgroup asking questions like why do I get this error "xxx"? One of the most common answers shows users how to track down the information for themselves. [...]... MathWorks Energy Virtual Conference Please join The MathWorks at an Energy Virtual Conference on Thursday, March 25. Discover MATLAB and Simulink solutions for evaluating energy resources, developing systems for power generation and distribution, modeling energy markets, and creating [...]... Doug’s “Top 10 MATLAB code practices that make me cry” Doug's "Top 10 MATLAB code practices that make me cry" This week, Doug's blog focuses on what he considers to be some poor programming practices he's seen in MATLAB code. I agree with much of his list, including, despite the comments, the nix...

Mr. L's Math

GeoGebra has just received the prestigious Tech Award More kudos for GeoGebra; I continue to share this wonderful open-source software program with others and watch them experience the joy as they see mathematics come alive with power and creativity. My students experience this on a regular basis. From the Tech Awards website: http://techawards.org/ “The Tech Awards program inspires global engagement... 20 Free Resources for High School Math Teachers The following is a Guest Post from education writer Karen Schweitzer. Karen is the About.com Guide to Business School. She also writes about online colleges for OnlineColleges.net. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Are you looking for new ways to present advanced mathematical concepts to your high school students? The Internet offers many free online resources... Games and Puzzles that Reach the Kids and Teach the Standards The title of this post is from a conference session at the California Math Council conference at Asilomar in December, 2009. You may download the handout through the following link: Games and Puzzles that Reach the Kids and Teach the Standards Here’s the handout with instructions for some activities: Games and Puzzles that... Algebra Activities that Reach the Kids and Teach the Standards I will be presenting a session at the California Math Council’s conference in southern California on 7 November, 2009 with the title of this blog article. I’ve included a link below to the conference presentation. This session will cover several pedagogical topics that have made my students successful learners, including Conceptual... George Polya, Master Problem Solver – a Model for All Math Teachers George Polya was a master of problem solving, and his effect on other teachers has been extraordinary. His most popular book, How to Solve It, has sold over a million copies. As is the case with many great books, Polya had been turned down by three publishers before finding one... Martin Gardner – For Decades, Puzzling People With Mathematics Martin Gardner has published over 70 books and is the chief person responsible for the widespread interest in recreational mathematics. He turned 95 on 21 October, 2009 and celebrated by publishing another book. He authored the Mathematical Games column in Scientific American for 25 years. He quite possibly has introduced...

bodmas blog

Mean and standard deviation by stealth Download a set of instructions written in English about how to calculate the mean and standard deviation of a data set. This has been set to a group of students as homework (old fashioned term, but that is what it was) and I will evaluate the success of the mission in... Ten Data Sets Download a PDF file with 10 data sets that can be used to illustrate a variety of statistical techniques Useful pages: Selected Data-sets from Publications by Martin BlandA stroop effect lap report with actual dataOne for the tree huggers – I always loved that picture of a road tunnel in the trunk... February 2010 desktop Click on the thumbnail above for a 1280 by 1024 pixel desktop image with a February 2010 calendar. Its on my desktop computer for what is left of this month. James Watt (with slide rule and plan) on the left, so a tenuous link to Maths.... Five number summary 10 minutes on the max/min median and quartiles... Chocolate mushroom package Ruth gets chocolate from an international sweet shop in Birmingham. This Japanese pack seems to contain mock mushrooms with chocolate caps and biscuit stalks. I love the typography on the back of the package… Some of the details appear to be telling a story (aimed at children?) And the teacher figure appears... Five number summary Download a two sided handout on finding the five number summary for a set of data The five numbers are the maximum, the minimum, the median and the upper and lower quartiles. This set of numbers can tell you about the central tendency of your data, the spread, the extreme values,...

Homeschool Math Blog

Teaching long multiplication a.k.a multiplying in columns) The two videos below show how you could teach multi-digit multiplication, or the multiplication algorithm, or multiplying in columns to students.Teaching multiplication algorithmMultiplication algorithm with a 2-digit multiplierI approach this in steps. First, to teach students to multiply 4 × 87 or 5 × 928 (one factor is single-digit):1) Teach... More new worksheet generators At HomeschoolMath.net, you can now make free worksheets for place value & scientific notation (such as write a number in expanded form or in scientific notation), and also for proportions, including simple proportion word problems.The links are:Place value & scientific notation worksheetsProportion worksheets... Cute cat videos website with Weebly Warning: this is totally off-topic of math.Lately I've made an experiment of sorts, and that is I've checked what it is like to create a website with Weebly. Weebly is a service that lets you build a website with a drag-and-drop interface.My testing website is called Cute Cat Videos. I've... Currclick spring sale Currclick is having a sprint sale from March 23 till April 5. Math Mammoth books are on sale for 20% off, in case you are interested!... Carnival time... We have great carnival this time: Math Teachers at Play #24. Check it out!Some of my picks are an easy card game for practicing addition/subtraction, some fun worksheets for addition and subtraction, and consideration about how many balloons you'd need to lift up a house (think the movie Up)I also... Review of Soma cube and Tangram from Monkey Pod Games The Soma cube is a dissection puzzle. It has seven pieces that have to be assembled into a 3x3x3 cube. So, that is the main challenge, but you can also arrange the pieces into all kinds of other interesting 3-D shapes.The seven pieces of the Soma cubeI received a wooden...

Neoformix

The Art of Tatiana Plakhova I really like the work of Tatiana Plakhova and have been following her Flickr stream since last year. Some of her images make me think of alien life forms or cities of the distant future. The one on the top right here below reminds me of Cerenkov Radiation. Using her image from the... NHL Points Over Career One charting technique that I really like is to take time series for related data that occured over different time periods and align them to a common starting point so they can more easily be compared. One good example is this graph comparing this recession to the last five in terms of... Tweets Containing Love I have been collecting tweets containing the word 'love' for more than a year now and just analyzed a sample to see what other words are being used in conjunction with 'love'. I naively assumed I'd see lots of company or product names as the top non-generic terms. There were a few... Inline Images for Twitter Clients Wouldn't it be cool if your twitter client could directly show tweets with small embedded images? Things like stock charts, graphical weather reports, server status, traffic reports, graphical emoticons expressing emotional state of your friends, mini-graphical movie ratings with thumbs up/down or stars, sports record summaries, or a million others that I... Profile in Harvard Business Review About ten days ago I was contacted by Scott Berinato, an editor at the Harvard Business Review, who was interested in writing up some of my visualization work for the HBR Research blog. We had a nice chat and he subsequently published Four Ways of Looking at Twitter which profiled my four twitter... Apple Logo from Products I was looking for pictures of the new Apple iPad and stumbled across this image of Apple form Factor Evolution. It's got lots of images of Apple products on a nice simple white background and was perfect fodder to use with the Image Foam Technique so I made this version of the Apple logo...

ChapterZero

A Shout-out to leo I like well-designed programming tools as much as I like programming itself; there’s something invigorating about a tool that fits in naturally with your workflow, yet multiplies your productivity. So, imagine how excited I was when I first came across leo, which was originally being billed as a literate programming... Deadends and hindsight I just spent a week trying to see if some variation of the robust PCA program is useful for spectral estimation, then today I realized why it’s not very likely that this is the case. Don’t you hate that: when you spend a week on something that in hindsight, with... CVX hackers? I’m working on some medium scale optimization problems () and the exact formulation of the problem varies, since I’m looking for a convex program that will do what I want it to. It’s most convenient to specify the problem in CVX, but it’s most efficient to solve it with large-scale... Two fun questions In an attempt to ameliorate the atrophying of my mathematical muscles in areas not directly related to optimization and probability, I’ve started learning some new mathematics. Here’re two fun and informative questions I’ve run into so far: 1) Recall what an ideal in the space of polynomials ( over some field... Across the Nightingale Floor The Tales of the Otori series aren’t as well known as I’d expect. Probably because it’s hard to look at them in a book store and tell exactly what they’re about. From the covers of the ones I’ve read, as well as the poetic titles, I could see why people... Are you hungry for milk and cereal? no? how about some ice cream and cake? With lyrics, so you can sing along! lyrics lyricsPossibly relevant posts: Canzoni Stonate (5/27/2007) Rufus Wainwright (3/21/2007) Rihanna (6/24/2008)...

About.com Mathematics

College Application Videos ... Math Meets Golf ... Textbooks: Is There a Need? ... New From Jennifer ... Century Old Problem - Solved ... Exponents Review ...

ScienceDaily: Mathematics News

No 'simple theory of everything' inside the enigmatic E8, researcher says The "exceptionally simple theory of everything," proposed by surfing physicist Garrett Lisi, does not hold water, according to some mathematicians. Centered on the elegant E8 structure, they use linear algebra and proving theorems to translate the physics into math, and show that Lisi's formulas don't work, while also demonstrating flaws... New teaching tools aid visually impaired students in learning math Mastering mathematics can be daunting for many children, but researchers have found that children with visual impairments face disproportionate challenges learning math, and by the time they reach the college level, they are significantly under-represented in science, technology, mathematics and engineering disciplines.... Professor predicts baseball winners, uses baseball to tout power of math With pitchers and catchers having recently reported to spring training, a professor has applied mathematical analysis to compute the number of games that Major League Baseball teams should win in 2010.... Physicist writes a better formula to predict baseball success A physicist has developed a new formula to predict baseball success. The basic formula, which has been tweaked over the years, uses the number of runs scored per game (RPG) and runs given up per game to estimate a team's winning percentage.... An improved method for calculating tumor growth When treating cancer, it is an advantage to know the rate of growth of the cancer tumor. The standard method currently used to determine tumor growth, however, is erroneous, according to researchers who have developed a new model.... Can math and science help solve crimes? Scientists work with Los Angeles police to identify and analyze crime 'hotspots' Scientists working with the Los Angeles Police Department to analyze crime patterns report that criminal "hotspots" come in at least two different types -- one of which can be suppressed by police. They believe their findings apply to cities worldwide....

Let's Play Math!

Online Math To Play With This month’s Carnival of Mathematics is an interactive mind map. Click on the image to check it out, and then click on the + signs to expand each topic. Enjoy! Meanwhile, April is Mathematics Awareness Month, and this year the focus is on sports. The MAM website features articles, activities, and... He’s Alive! ... What a Teacher Wants To Hear I finally get it — you don’t have to worry about memorizing a bunch of formulas if you just understand where they come from. You can always figure them out again. — unidentified student in Doug’s class from the comments on Kate’s post Formulas? What Formulas? ... New Domain Name Technophobe that I am, it has taken me way too long to do this, but I finally bought my own domain name: letsplaymath.net All old links should still work perfectly. But if you are willing to take a minute to update your Blogroll or other links to my posts, I would certainly... Quotable: Teaching Teaching any subject has a funny way of educating the teacher at least as much as the student. — Chris Birk How I Became a Better Writer Thanks to Distracted, Hungover College Kids We all know it already, but I like the way he said it, and the blog post is worth reading.... Math Teachers at Play #24 [Photo by internets_dairy.] Welcome to the Math Teachers At Play blog carnival — which is not just for math teachers! If you like to learn new things and play around with ideas, you are sure to find something of interest. Let’s start the mathematical fun with an arithmetic card game in...

Scientific American

Navy Commits To Alt Fuels On April 22nd, Earth Day, the US Navy ran a test flight of an F/A-18 Green Hornet fighter on a 50/50 mixture of petroleum-based jet fuel and biofuel. The biofuel came from the camelina plant, a member of the mustard family. On hand to watch the flight was Secretary of... Auditory Illusions Every now and then we present auditory illusions on 60-Second Psych. Being an audio podcast about human perception, it's sort of the perfect match. [More] ... Is male circumcision a humanitarian act? ... Green Tech Wilting Under Patent Office Scrutiny It's been a slow start for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) pilot program to fast-track the evaluation of patent applications for so-called green technology , with the agency approving about one third of the requests it has received. Only 316 of the 925 applications filed under the... Why soldiers get a kick out of killing Do some soldiers enjoy killing? If so, why? This question is thrust upon us by the recently released video of U.S. Apache helicopter pilots shooting a Reuters cameraman and his driver in Baghdad in 2007. Mistaking the camera of the Reuters reporter for a weapon, the pilots... Hubble at 20: An Astronomical Success After myriad delays and budget overruns, the Hubble Space Telescope finally roared toward orbit on space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. Despite a rocky start, Hubble has in its two decades of operation revolutionized astrophysics and cosmology [More] ...

Precal Blog

Cover it Live! Mid-quarter 3 study session Mid Quarter 3 Exam Study... Sequencing On Friday during class we were in the cafeteria because the math room was having work done in it. In the cafeteria we worked with our peers around us to help us get set for Monday. There was 2 problems. The first problem was You decide to begin contributing to a... Sequences – Things to Remember Today in class we just went over the logarithms test so I’ll just bring up a few things about sequences. 1. A sequence is an ordered list of numbers 2. For our purposes they are either arithmetic(adding the same value), geometric(multiplying by the same value), or neither 3. They can be written as... Solving Sequences with a Matrix If a sequence is neither arithmetic or geometric then a matrix can be used to write an equation for it. I will admit, I barely remember how to use a matrix considering we learned them freshman year. The good news is that they aren’t hard to pick up on again! Let’s... Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences Today in class we had to claim problems from section 14.2. The claimable problems were numbers 2,4,9,13,14, and 20. Since no one claimed 20 and because I wasn’t paying attention when 9 was presented, I will go over 2,4,13 and 14. My apologies to Jake for not paying attention to... Recursive and Explicit Formulas All we did in class today was continue to work on the problems from 14-2, which I’m pretty sure will be claimable tomorrow. And since I was told to write something that is actually of importance, I’ve decided I’m gonna blog about recursive and explicit formulas, since I don’t think...

Logic Matters

The blog is dead .... long live the blog! After almost 500 posts, this will be the last post here, meaning at this URL ........ but I'll be continuing the Logic Matters blog at logicmatters.net (and all the posts here at Blogger have been imported to that address, though the aesthetics are at the moment a bit primitive).Geeky explanation:... Gödel Without Tears -- 5 Here now is the fifth episode on the idea of a primitive recursive function. The preamble explains why this matters and where this is going. [As always, I'll be very glad to hear about typos/thinkos.]The previous episodes are available:Episode 1, Incompleteness -- the very idea (version of Oct. 16)Episode 2.... Ruse gets a beta minus. Philosophers don't get asked often enough to write for the newspapers and weeklies: so it is really annoying when an opportunity is wasted on second-rate maunderings. Michael Ruse writes in today's Guardian on whether there is an "atheist schism". And he immediately kicks off on the wrong foot.As a professional... The Autonomy of Mathematical Knowledge -- Chap. 2, §§3-5 To return for a moment the question we left hanging: what is the shape of Hilbert's "naturalism" according to Franks? Well, Franks in §2.3 thinks that Hilbert's position can be contrasted with a "Wittgensteinian" naturalism that forecloses global questions of the justification of a framework by rejecting them as meaningless.... The Autonomy of Mathematical Knowledge -- Chap. 2, §§1 & 2 Hilbert in the 1920s seems pretty confident that classical analysis is in good order. "Mathematicians have pursued to the uttermost the modes of inference that rest on the concept of sets of numbers, and not even the shadow of an inconsistency has appeared .... [D]espite the application of the boldest... Gödel Without Tears -- 4 Here now is the fourth episode [slightly corrected] which tells you -- for those who don't know -- what first-order Peano Arithmetic is (and also what Sigma_1/Pi_1 wffs are). A thrill a minute, really. Done in a bit of a rush to get it out to students in time,...

IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics - current issue

A singular perturbation problem in magnetohydrodynamics The asymptotic behaviour of the steady motion of a viscous fluid in pipes of arbitrary cross-sections under a transverse magnetic field is studied when the magnetohydrodynamic Reynolds number tends to infinity. We examine the mathematical aspects of the formation of the Hartmann's boundary layer.... Three-dimensional equilibrium crystal shapes with corner energy regularization The evolution equations of crystal growth often employ a regularization of the surface energy based on a corner energy term. Here, we consider the effect of this regularization on the equilibrium shape of a solid particle in three dimensions. We determine that a sufficient regularization involves only one of the... Composition evolution of quantum dots during the growth of solid films This paper describes a simple mathematical model for the development of non-uniform composition during the growth of quantum dot (QD) islands (solid drops) on a substrate. The purpose of the model is to quantify a known phenomenon in such systems: deposition of pure germanium onto a silicon substrate results in... Construction of periodic analytic signals satisfying the circular Bedrosian identity The circular Bedrosian identity has considerable importance for the non-stationary periodic signal processing. Up to now, almost all the known results for the circular Bedrosian identity are given in the frequency domain. In this paper, based on the knowledge of backward shift invariant subspace, some new necessary and sufficient conditions... A singular integro-differential equation model for dryout in LMFBR boiler tubes A 2D steady model for the annular two-phase flow of water and steam in the steam-generating boiler pipes of a liquid metal fast breeder reactor is proposed. The model is based on thin-layer lubrication theory and thin aerofoil theory. The exchange of mass between the vapour core and the liquid... Long-time behaviour of solutions of a non-

The Unapologetic Mathematician

Sunday Samples 168
This week I’ve got a visitor in town to catch the end of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Rather than drive in every day from Columbia, we found it’s cheaper to split a motel room in Silver Spring, just a few minutes’ walk from a Metro station into the...

Measurable Kernels
A measurable kernel is the flip side of a measurable cover. Specifically, given , a measurable kernel of is a set such that , and if for every with we have . And, as it happens, every set has a measurable kernel. To find...

Inner Measures
A quick one for today. In analogy with the outer measure induced on the hereditary -ring by the measure on the -ring , we now define the “inner measure” that induces on the same hereditary -ring . We’ve seen that the outer measure is Accordingly, the...

Approximating Sets of Finite Measure
So, we’ve got a -finite measure on a ring , and we extend it to a measure on the -ring . But often it’s a lot more convenient to work with itself than the whole of . So, to what extent can we do this efficiently? As...

Completions of Measures
We’ve shown that we can uniquely extend a -finite measure on a ring to a unique -finite measure on the -ring . But, of course, we actually found that we could restrict the outer measure to the -ring of -measurable sets, which may be larger...

Extensions of Measures
Oops, forgot to post this this earlier… We can put together what we’ve been doing recently to state the following theorem: If is a -finite measure on the ring , then there is a unique measure on the -ring extending . That is, if , then . ...

Wild About Math!

Math Intervention Blog
[ Editor’s note: Jim, of the Math Intervention Blog took me up on my offer to promote sites I feel good about. Here is Jim’s intro to his blog. ] Thanks Sol for helping all of us spread the word about our contributions to math teaching and learning! Our...

A beautiful proof without words
While surfing the Web for Math-related stuff I happened upon this wonderful “proof” without words: Can you figure out what the image illustrates? Can you figure out what two facts you need to know to do the “proof?” Yes, I realize that visual demonstrations are not proofs. If you need a hint,...

Promote your Math-related cause, website, or book
If you have a Math-related site, especially one that is non-commercial or mostly non-commercial, and you write me a guest article I’ll likely publish it here. If you want to plug a great Math-related cause, write it up and submit it as well. If you have a book (or product)...

Pi Day Challenge
[ Editor’s Note: Alex Cook is involved in a “Pi Day Challenge” that involves solving 28 puzzles. Alex sent me the following email which I’m forwarding for your enjoyment. Yes, Pi Day was Sunday but the festivities continue! ] Hello Fellow Math Enthusiasts! My name is Alex Cook, and I want to...

Happy Pi Day: interview with pi poet
Happy Pi Day, everyone! Today I have a special treat. I had the opportunity to interview Pi poet, Mike Keith. Mike is into constrained writing and Pi, among other things. Mike recently published a book, Not A Wake, that demonstrates the constrained writing: A collection of short stories, poetry, plays, puzzles,...

Rhythm, Rhyme, Results: rapping about Math for Pi Day
[ Editor’s Note: Taunia from “Rhythm, Rhyme, Results” wrote to me asking if I’d blog about her education site. The site sells fun educational music and, in particular, has some Math songs in their Pi Day Collection. I wrote back letting Taunia know that I rarely plug commercial sites but...

Good Math, Bad Math

I am a racist (Unfortunately, this post has been linked to by a white supremacist site. Instead of providing a forum for their foulness, I'm shutting down comments on this post.) Unfortunately, I lost the link that inspired this. But I recently saw a post by a conservative about "reclaiming" the word racist. It... Financial Shenanigans: the Repo 105 I'm glad to report that electricity has been restored to the Chu-Carroll household. So now I'm trying to catch up. During the outage, I got a bunch of questions about the latest news coming out of the big financial disasters. A major report came out about the failure of Lehman Brothers, and... Code in the Cloud: My Book Beta is Available! As I've mentioned before, I've been spending a lot of time working on a book. Initially, I was working on a book made up of a collection of material from blog posts; along the way, I got diverted, and ended up writing a book about cloud computing using Google's AppEngine tools. The... Grandiose Crankery: Cantor, Godel, Church, Turing, ... Morons! A bunch of people have been asking me to take a look at yet another piece of Cantor crankery recently posted to Arxiv. In general, I'm sick and tired of Cantor crankery - it's been occupying much too much space on this blog lately. But this one is a real prize. It's... Animal Experimentation and Simulation In my post yesterday, I briefly mentioned the problem with simulations as a replacement for animal testing. But I've gotten a couple of self-righteous emails from people criticizing that: they've all argued that given the quantity of computational resources available to us today, of course we can do all of our research... Scumbag Animal Rights Villains Harass Children for Father's Speech

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50 Best Blogs for Grammar Geeks

Every few months (if not weeks or days), a new article or essay will emerge mourning the abysmal grammar, spelling, and punctuation of native English speakers. Even amongst the college educated, apathy unfortunately abounds when it comes to writing properly. However, there are still those who find the very nature of language – English or otherwise – a beautiful aspect of humanity that deserves both respect and use. The following blogs cater not only to these individuals, but those hoping to learn English or strengthen their skills in a weakened area as well. No matter a reader’s motivation, they and their unlisted (but still valuable!) peers provide an extremely valuable service that preserves clear communication in a world that sometimes increasingly resembles the tale of Babel.
1. Grammar Girl : Quick and Dirty Tips founder Mignon Fogarty offers up the ultimate guide to grammar, with podcasts, blog posts, daily tips, and much more.
2. GrammarBlog : This hilarious blog documents instances of terrible grammar found out and about on the streets, eliciting both laughs and profound depression.
3. Motivated Grammar : As blogger and computational psycholinguist Gabe Doyle points out, much regarding grammar and language remains subjective in nature – and his incredibly insightful posts dissect how humanity communicates and processes words.
4. Arrant Pedantry : Arrant Pedantry updates sporadically because of the writer’s academic and filial obligations, but that does not diminish the intelligence of its content at all.
5. bradshaw of the future : Beyond English, learn about the structure of many other languages with this wonderfully informative blog that also delves into the history of communication.
6. Evolving English II : Like organisms, the structure and nature of languages change and evolve over time – sometimes to the point of having little in common with its origins. English is no different, as this blog helpfully notes.
7. Everything You Know About English is Wrong : In spite of ceasing updates in June of 2009, author and grammar expert Bill Brohaugh’s blog has some incredible statements about English grammar as spoken in America and Britain.
8. Wordorigins.org : Understanding the true nature and origin of words is one integral part of fully comprehending grammar, spelling, and – of course – language as a whole.
9. Language Log : Every aspect of the English language, including word structure and grammar, ends up covered in this incredibly valuable blog.
10. Literal-Minded : Dive into all the nuances and oft-ignored corners of the English language with the painstaking and passionate Neal Whitman.
11. Mr. Verb : Like Evolving English II, Mr. Verb observes how perceptions, structures, and practices of languages ebb and flow with time.
12. You Don’t Say : Former Baltimore Sun editor John E. McIntyre blogs about all the valuable grammar and writing lessons gleaned during his career.
13. Throw Grammar from the Train : Grammar, etymology, editing, and perspectives all comprise the content of the always intriguing blog Throw Grammar from the Train.
14. The Grammarphobia Blog : Be sure to explore the other aspects of Grammarphobia beyond its blog, as the entire site seeks to make the components of the English language accessible to all.
15. Talk Wordy to Me : Brian White loves how language and words operate, and this passion comes through in all of his fascinating blog posts.
16. An individual’s concepts : University of Pennsylvania linguistics professor Lance Nathan shares his opinions and findings on semantics and how it plays into the formation and expression of language.
17. separated by a common language : American linguist M. Lynne Murphy lives and works in the United Kingdom, blogging about the gulfs that exist between the English spoken in both regions.
18. Languagehat : Almost every aspect of a multitude of languages forms the content of this incredible resource, which dives deeply into the nuances of how humanity communicates.
19. A Walk in the WoRds : Laura Payne at A Walk in the WoRds lovingly analyzes as many elements of English as she can with a passionate, intelligent eye.
20. Grammar Gang : Grammar Gang infuses its highly educational articles with an accessible warmth and humor that endears it to a very wide variety of readers.
21. Grammar Blog : This fantastic companion to The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation outlines the ever-changing semantics of the English language.
22. English Grammar Blog : Everything at the English Grammar Revolution website has plenty to offer fans of words and language, and their blog takes a fun approach to the admittedly occasionally dry subject matter.
23. Richard’s Grammar and Composition Blog : Writers, editors, and language junkies alike will enjoy About.com’s comprehensive online guide and blog regarding most aspects of the subjects.
24. The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar : As their name implies, The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar devotes its time to ridding the world of poor language use with the hopes that doing so will foster better communication overall.
25. Mighty Red Pen : The unapologetically shameless “word nerd” and “grammar goddess” behind Mighty Red Pen blogs extensively on how to correctly speak and write in English.
26. Michael’s English Usage : Grammar and word aficionados in need of a fun, stimulating challenge will love the daily activities involving correcting grammar and deciphering the difference between homophones.
27. Blue Pencil Editing : Aimed at editors and writers, Blue Pencil Editing sheds light not only on the proper use of words and grammar, but insider information on the industry as well.
28. Triangle Grammar Guide : Newsobserver.com requires a free subscription in order to view the entirety of every posting, but it is well worth it for anyone who enjoys reading about grammar and how it shapes writing styles.
29. The Grammar Cop : Everyone eventually makes a grammar mistake or two, and writer Cheryl Norman discusses many of the more common ones (and some of the rarer) and how to fix them.
30. The Truth About Grammar : One of the most amusing and comprehensive blogs on improving writing by conquering proper semantics and spelling, The Truth About Grammar is a must-stop for anyone in search of clarification and information.
31. Grammar Monkeys : The Wichita Eagle provides readers with some excellent posts on the parts of speech, punctuation, and other elements of grammar and writing.
32. The Afternoon Nap Society : A remedial English teacher and graduate student shares her journeys, helping others in a similar situation find creative ways to teach grammar and spelling to a class.
33. Conjugate Visits : June Casagrande’s hysterical and highly approachable blog dissects grammatical rules and protocols with great humor and wit alongside considerable insight.
34. Apostrophe Abuse : Like GrammarBlog, Apostrophe Abuse chronicles the real-life, erroneous exploits of this humble bit of frequently abused punctuation.
35. Terribly Write : Terribly Write points out that “every typo, misspelling, wrong word, and punctuation misstep erodes the credibility of a website” and points out how this works using real-life examples.
36. It’s Your Damned Language : With fire and passion, blogger Carlos urges all Americans to appreciate and understand their native tongue by learning about how to use it properly.
37. Red Pen, Inc. : The blogger who refers to herself as “The Grammarphile” discusses instances of less-than-stellar writing and how to fix the problem. She also regularly updates on the 6th season of Lost as well.
38. Apostrophe Catastrophe : Yet another blog dedicated to pointing out all the grammar and punctuation errors that sadly pepper the daily lives of English speakers everywhere.
39. The Punctuator! : Punctuation remains elusive to many individuals, regardless of their native tongue, and this cheeky blog helps those with issues in English figure out the dos and don’ts of proper writing.
40. The English Blog : Jeffrey Hill writes mostly for a core audience comprised of ESL students and educators, though even native speakers of English will appreciate the vocabulary and grammar refreshers.
41. Say What? : Being able to use grammar properly helps clear the way to better communication, and John Sturtevant is here to offer his advice to anyone seeking it.
42. Mrs. Write Right, Word Therapist : Julia Temlyn shares her unending love for the written word with her readers, guiding them through proper spelling, grammar, semantics, and other elements of English.
43. Pain in the English.com : Dedicating itself to the subjective “gray areas of the English Language,” this wonderful blog dissects some of the more lenient rules and protocols that many may not know.
44. The Engine Room : Beyond semantics, word usage, and grammar, The Engine Room also looks into the integral role they play in pop culture and communication.
45. One Step Forward : Grammar, music, and writing comprise the majority of content on this thoughtful, intelligent blog.
46. The Sentence Sleuth : Bonnie Trenga’s comprehensive blog covers the proper way of constructing a sentence as a means of teaching readers the most effective, flowing means to convey their ideas.
47. APA Style Blog : Beyond grammar, writing junkies may also appreciate what the American Psychological Association has to say about their preferred essay format – used in several different disciplines.
48. Editage Blog : Not only does Editage cover grammar issues, but it also offers up considerable advice on proper word choice and other elements of writing as well.
49. Kenneth’s ESL Blog : Though targeted towards ESL students and teachers, even the most ardent grammar fan will find much to explore and appreciate in one of About.com’s myriad portals.
50. English Grammar and Vocabulary Blog : Whether learning English for the first time or simply hoping to improve upon a native tongue, this blog helps its readers greatly understand how the language operates on a fundamental level.
Readers with a lust for language, a desire to learn English, or a drive to fortify relatively shaky elements of writing have much to explore on these valuable blogs. Word choice, homophones, sentence structure and diagramming, punctuation, idioms, and numerous other facets of this complex system of communication receive dissections as well as some intelligent opinions on their origins, nature, and value to speakers. They deserve patronage and stand as pillars of order in what some believe to be a rapidly disintegrating language reduced merely to its bare bones.

Top 100 Creative Writing Blogs

From poetry to lengthy prose, creative writing can be a great way to express yourself. Of course, even the best students and writers can use a few tips, a little inspiration and a whole lot of help getting their work out there. These blogs offer all of that and more. From blogs that focus on writers still trying to make it in the publishing world to those providing updates from best selling authors, you’ll find all kinds of information geared towards improving and informing your creative writing.
General
These blogs cover a wide range of issues for
students of the written word.
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Writer Unboxed: Learn both about the creative and business sides of fiction writing from this great blog.
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Backstory: Ever wonder where writers get their inspiration? You’ll find loads of posts that record just that and you can contribute your own stories as well.
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Write Anything: Check out this multi-author blog to find writing challenges, inspiration and shared writing.
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Inkygirl: Daily Diversions for Writers: This blogger not only posts about using the Internet to improve your writing but posts her own comics frequently as well.
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Women on Writing: Get information on writing geared just towards female writers out there.
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Cute Writing: Here you’ll find posts on writing, blogging and publishing and many articles focus on ways to make your work more efficient.
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Write to Done: If you enjoy the blog Zen Habits, you’ll appreciate this blog by the same author. This site focuses on simple, effective ways to write more, better.
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The Urban Muse: Freelance writer Susan Johnston provides tips and tidbits for other working writers out there.
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Writing Forward: From grammar tips to ideas for improving your creative writing, check out the helpful posts on this site.
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Writer’s Write: This blog is a great place to find information about writers, books and the publishing world.
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Creative Writing Corner: Connect with your creative side through the posts on this blog.
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Creative Writing Contests: Want to challenge your creative skills? This blog can direct you to the great number of writing competitions out there.
Aspiring Authors
These bloggers are writing on the ‘net and off, still waiting to get their best work published.
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The Desperate Writer: This writer and cosmetologist shares her stories on this blog, both personal and creative.
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Incurable Disease of Writing: Blogger Missy is getting her degree in creative writing and posts about her experiences on this site.
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Emerging Writers Network: If you’re just getting started in your writing career, check out this site to learn about the ins and outs of writing and about other writers working towards success.
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Ficticity: Check out this site to find posted stories, writing tips and even a few book reviews.
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Authors’ Blogs: This isn’t just one blog, but a collection of numerous aspiring writers sites, so you can take your pick of reading material.
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Plot Monkeys: These four bloggers talk about everything from their everyday lives to the books they love.
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Maternal Spark: Moms who love to write or create on the side
Published Authors
Get some advice, inspiration and motivation from these authors doing what they love and getting paid for it.
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**The Orwell Diaries**: Most writers are familiar with the work of George Orwell. Here you’ll find regular postings from his personal diaries.
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Tom Conoby’s Writing Blog: This blogger shares his thoughts on books he reads, his own writing and much more.
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John Baker’s Blog: This working writer shares his passions– reading and writing– on this site.
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The Man In Black: Young mystery writer Jason Pinter shares his thoughts on just about everything on this blog.
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Neil Gaiman’s Journal: This well-known writer has published a large number of books, several of which have been made into major motion pictures. Check out his blog for more about what he’s working on right now.
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Wil Wheaton in Exile: Readers of this blog might recognize his name from his days on Star Trek: The Next Generation but these days this actor spends more of this time writing books and posting on his blog.
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A Writer’s Life: Love the TV series Monk? Learn more about the writer behind the books the series is based on from this blog.
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The Paperback Writer: With several published books under her belt, this blogger shares her writing tips as well as information about her personal life.
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Pocket Full of Words: Novelist Holly Lisle shares her experiences as a writer on her blog.
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Beyond the Beyond: Bruce Sterling has written numerous science fiction novels and now shares his thoughts on science and technology on his WIRED blog.
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Contrary Brin: Scientist and author David Brin maintains this site where readers can talk about issues from his books or just about anything else.
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**Scott Berkun**: This author teaches creative thinking, writes books and give public talks. Read about his writing adventures and otherwise here.
Improving Your Craft
Get some tips on becoming a better writer from these blogs.
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Becoming a Writer Seriously: Aspiring writers can find all kinds of helpful advice and guidance on this blog.
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WordSwimmer: Learn to understand the writing process a little better with a little help from blogger Bruce Black. There are loads of interviews with authors as well as suggestions on improving your writing.
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Time to Write: Blogger Jurgen Wolff wants to strike a creative spark in writers of all kinds by providing tips and inspiration here.
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Flogging the Quill: Check out this blog to learn more about the craft of creative storytelling.
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Six Sentences: What can you write in six sentences? Share your attempt at this writing exercise on this blog.
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Luc Reid: From tips on finding time to practice writing to information about the publishing industry, you’ll find loads of helpful posts on this blog.
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The Writing Show: While more podcast than true blog, this site is a good place for writers to get answers to their questions and get help finding inspiration.
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Men With Pens: Whether you’re a writer freelancing or just writing for fun, you’ll find tips on how to do it better on this blog.
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Write a Better Novel: Make sure whatever you’re writing will get the attention it deserves when time comes to get it published. This blog provides all kinds of information on creating a better novel, no matter the subject.
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Write Better: Here you’ll find a wide range of writing tips to get your creative writing in top shape.
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Clear Writing with Mr. Clarity: Learn to get to the point and write clearly and concisely whether you’re writing a letter at work or working on a book.
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Mike’s Writing Workshop: This blogger is all about posting things that can help writers get better and get inspired.
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Kim’s Craft Blog: Learn about writing fiction, memoirs and other creative writing from this writer who teaches courses at The Cambridge Center for Adult Education.
Grammar and Editing
You may have the best ideas but that doesn’t mean much if you can’t write them well. These blogs will help you tune up your writing so it’s publish-worthy.
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GrammarBlog: Laugh at the grammar and spelling errors of others while getting tips on improving your own skills on this blog.
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Evil Editor: This editor might be evil, but the tips provided on this blog can really help you refine your stories.
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Blue Pencil Editing: This blog is both a good resource for working editors and and writers in search of a little guidance.
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Editing and Proofreading Hints and Tips: Get simple tips on improving your editing process from this blog.
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Headsup: the blog: Here you’ll find posts about the sometimes frustrating world of editing and learn what not to do.
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Grammarphobia: This site offers readers the chance to ask their own grammar and language questions and get answers.
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Apostrophe Abuse: Think you know how to use the apostrophe? This blog might teach you otherwise.
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Daily Writing Tips: Get some daily advice on how to improve the basics of your writing.
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ProWriting Tips: This blog is home to numerous grammar and writing tips.
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The Engine Room: JD, a copy editor, runs this blog all about language use that can help you get a handle on your usage.
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Cheryl Norman, Grammar Cop: If you’ve got some questions about grammar that need answering, visit this blog.
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English4Today: Get a handle on the English language through the guidance of blogger Anthony Hughes.
Getting Published
The ultimate goal for many
students and professionals working on creative writing is to get work published. This blogs can help you learn about the business, get your work out there, or even publish it yourself.
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Ask Allison: Ask your questions about breaking publishing and gets answers from this helpful blogger.
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Guide to Literary Agents: Get some tips on where and how to find a literary agent to represent your work when the time comes.
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Beacon Literary Services: Emerging writers and those with a little experience under their belts alike can take advantage of the publishing advice offered here.
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Questions and Quandaries: This Writers Digest blog answers a wide variety of questions about publishing.
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Writer Beware Blogs: While you may be desperate to get your work out there make sure you protect yourself from scams. The information in this blog can help you stay safe.
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The Swivet: Colleen Lindsay is a literary agent and you can read her reactions to recent publications and if you meet her requirements even submit your own work.
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The Rejecter: This blogger isn’t a literary agent but an assistant to one, the person you’ll have to go through to get your work published, and she posts all about her work on this blog.
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Booksquare: This blog works to dissect the publishing industry so you can learn it inside and out.
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Pubrants: Literary agent Kristen blogs about everything publishing from queries to working with writers.
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Nathan Bransford Literary Agent: Want to know more about literary agents and the publishing world? Check out this blog.
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Practicing Writing: This blog posts plenty on writing advice as well as the latest publishing opportunities.
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Bob Baker’s Full-Time Author Blog: Thinking of making the leap to being a full-time writer? This blog can be a great resource on publishing your own book to set the stage.
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Future Perfect Publishing: Explore all the possibilities for publishing that are out there through the help of this blog by Tom Masters.
Genre Focused
These creative writing blogs focus on one particular type of writing, such as mysteries, romance and fantasy.
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Storytellers Unplugged: This multi-author blog is contributed to by writers, editors and publishers and can give you a great background on writing in a wide range of genres.
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Gibberish: Science fiction and fantasy writer Jayme Lynn Blaschke posts about his writing and more on this site.
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SF Signal: From books to movies, you can keep abreast of all the goings on in world of science fiction through this blog.
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SF and Fantasy Novelists: Here you’ll find loads of information on writers working in the science fiction genre.
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Reading, Raving and Ranting: If you’re interested in historical fiction you can read about Susan Higginbotham’s experience writing about fourteenth-century England.
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Myth and Mystery: Novelist and contributor to the New York Times Rick Riordan is a mystery writer and you can read about his latest work on this site.
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Type M for Murder: Learn a little bit about murder mysteries from this multi-author blog.
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Crime Fiction Dossier: If crime fiction is your thing, you’ll learn loads from this blog by David Montgomery.
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Jungle Red: Six mystery writers contribute to this blog that talks about writing, life, love and much more.
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Romancing the Blog: This blog is home to numerous romance novelists who post on just about everything.
Fiction Writing
Most creative writing falls into the category of fiction, so learn more about writing great novels and stories from these blogs.
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Advanced Fiction Writing: Written by the "mad professor" of fiction writing, this blog is geared towards inspiring you and getting you writing.
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Writing Fiction: Here you’ll find a lively discussion about writing and publishing novels and short fiction.
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Killer Fiction: With five published authors contributing to this blog, you’ll get loads of tips and posts on writing.
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Ginny’s Fiction Writing Blog: Ginny Wiehardt posts about fiction writing in this About.com blog.
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Becoming a Fiction Writer: This blogger is following her dream of becoming a fiction writer.
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Blog Fiction: If you plan on taking to the net with your writing, this blogger can give you all kinds of tips on doing it right.
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Fiction Writers Review: The writers who run this blog are all about reviewing books but they also discuss what works and what makes truly great fiction.
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Angela Booth’s Writing Blog: Whether you’re writing fiction or just freelancing, you’ll find helpful writing tips on this blog.
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Fiction Writing: The Passionate Journey: You won’t become a great writer overnight. This blog can help you start and keep going along your journey to writing success.
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Fiction Scribe: From grammar errors to book tours, this blog talks about a wide range of issues affecting fiction writers.
Poetry
If verse is more your thing, pay these helpful blogs a visit.
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Avoiding the Muse: Doctor, blogger and author C. Dale Young maintains this blog as well as teaching an MFA program on writing.
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Poetry Hut Blog: Keep up to date on the latest happenings in the poetry world with this blog.
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Poet with a Day Job: Does the title of this blog remind you of yourself? Read this blogger’s posts on writing, reading and everyday life here.
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1,000 Black Lines: Posts on this blog are a single line long, some of which record daily events and others that read like lines of poetry.
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**The Best American Poetry**: Learn about some of the best poetry out there through this blog.
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harriet: The Poetry Foundation maintains this blog, which posts about happenings in the poetry world and speaks directly to you, the poet.
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Poems at the Poetry Showcase: Contribute your poetry to this blog, or read the postings of others.
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Poets.org: The American Academy of Poets lets you know about great poetry that’s out there through their blog.
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Poetry and Poets in Rags: This blogger is both a salesman and a poet.
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Silliman’s Blog: Here you’ll find informative posts on contemporary poets and their work.
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Poets Who Blog: This blog is a great resource for poets, with writing contests, posts about work and more.





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