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What’s this News Radar about?

Who’s behind the News Radar?

What’s the difference with being a columnist on Microsoft’s Hot Topics blog?

Can I be a contributor to both Hot Topics and the News Radar?

As an MIEExpert15, am I obliged to participate in the News Radar?

I am an MIEExpert15 and would like to learn more about the News Radar. Do I need to be on Facebook?

Facebook is really not for me. Is there an alternative way to learn more about the News Radar?

Can you skip the intros please?  I want to start straight away.

I’m not a blogger yet. Why would I join?

My English is really not good enough. Should I give up?

What blogging system should I use?

Is the News Radar republishing my articles in full?

My question isn’t on this list. Where can I go?

 

What’s this News Radar about?

The News Radar aggregates blog posts from participants who have been acknowledged with the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert 2015 award – aka MIEExpert15.

The News Radar also lists updates from several official Microsoft blogs that feature MIEExpert15  as columnists, notably the Hot Topics blog, the Microsoft in Education Blog, Daily Edventures and the Microsoft Australia Teachers Blog.

 

Who’s behind the News Radar?

The News Radar is an initiative by fellow MIEExpert15 Marjolein Hoekstra. The project is isn’t commissioned or endorsed by Microsoft.

 

What’s the difference with being a columnist on Microsoft’s Hot Topics blog?

The most important differences are:

Hot Topics is a Microsoft Educator Network initiative. Your application to become a columnist needs to be approved. Hot Topics columnists contribute weekly or biweekly. Full blog posts are published. Contributors are allowed to cross-post from their own blog.

The News Radar project is run by Marjolein Hoekstra. Every MIEExpert15 can participate. You decide the frequency of your posts, with a maximum of once daily.  On purpose, only excerpts of original posts are published. All post titles link back to the author’s own blog to give as much credit as possible.

 

Can I be a contributor to both Hot Topics and the News Radar?

Yes, you can.

 

As an MIEExpert15, am I obliged to participate in the News Radar?

Participating in the News Radar is completely voluntary. You’re strongly encouraged to join if you think it’s fun and if you can devote the time and energy to it. Composing high-quality blog posts that are attractive to fellow readers does require some dedication.

 

I am an MIEExpert15 and would like to learn more about the News Radar. Do I need to be on Facebook?

You’re most welcome to participate in the News Radar. Firstly, do consider joining the Facebook group. It’s the primary social-media channel where MIEExpert15 engage with each other and where you’ll find updates about the News Radar.  You may want to start by reading the Facebook announcement of the News Radar project. That said, the next question may apply to you.

 

Facebook is really not for me. Is there an alternative way to learn more about the News Radar?

Yes there is, no problem. You are most welcome to join the News Radar. An overview of all updates and announcements that were originally published on the Facebook group are now available on the News Radar information page. If you think you get it already, jump straight to the next question.

 

Great. Please read the How-to-Join page carefully. This saves us both a lot of time. Feedback is most welcome.

 

I’m not a blogger yet. Why would I join?

Many MIEExpert15 gained confidence to start or restart blogging right through the News Radar project. If you’ve never blogged before, think of the advantages to take this opportunity now: this is your chance to learn something new,  tell the world how you think about educational innovations, get feedback about your writing, ánd get your blog posts and profile listed on a public website.

 

My English is really not good enough. Should I give up?

Not at all. In fact, the News Radar has been a multi-lingual project from the outset. You are most welcome to blog in your own language. The News Radar front page has a Bing Translator widget that people can use to read your post.

 

What blogging system should I use?

As far as blogging systems go, consider WordPress or Blogspot. Once you are familiar with blogging, make sure you follow the step-by-step instructions on the How-to-Join Page to submit your blog to the News Radar.

 

Is the News Radar republishing my articles in full?

No, the News Radar deliberately only publishes a 60-word excerpt from your blog posts, then prompts readers to read the the full article on your own website. You are encouraged to include an image or embed a video at the top of your post to make it more attractive. The blog post title on the News Radar is a hyperlink to the full article on your own website.

 

My question isn’t on this list. Where can I go?

Please use the Contact page to ask your question. Thank you!

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