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  • Using Blogs for Student Writing
    Ideas, strategies and research findings
    Claire Amos
    Director of e-learning
    Epsom Girls Grammar School
    am@eggs.school.nz
  • Workshop Structure
    Part A: Presentation of project and findings
    Part B: Online workshop – Looking at class wikis and blogs in action
    Part C: Online workshop - Creating your own class wiki
  • Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this workshop you will be able to:
    Recognise the benefits and potential uses for wikis and blogs to support literacy
    Access a range of wikis to develop ideas
    Create your own class wiki using www.pbworks.com
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  • Project outline
    The project looked at how student blogs and class wikis can be utilized to raise literacy levels in the context of formal writing (AS 90053) preparation and practice.
    The Project
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  • Year 11 students were given the opportunity to complete their practice of formal writing as individual blogs that were linked to their online classroom community (the class wiki)
    I followed the same process with a top stream and a standard English class
    The Process
  • The Process
    Those students who completed the formal writing practice online, received their feedback as online comments
    Topics were posted on the class wiki with hyperlinks to other resources such as newspaper articles and video clips about their topic
  • The Process
    Students who chose to complete their writing on refill continued to hand in as normal and received written feedback on their essays
    These students still had access to online resources if they wished to use them
  • Outcomes
    Students who chose to write their essays as blogs were:
    More likely to meet deadlines
    More like to act upon feedback/next steps
    More likely to read one another’s work
  • Student Voice
    Other positive feedback from the students:
    Like that they often got quick feedback
    Like that they built up an “online portfolio” of writing
    Like that the could use spell check and easily fix errors
    Liked the sense of a public presence and that they had an audience
  • Potential challenges
    The lack of easy access to computers at school
    Blog sites are often blocked in school
    Not all students have internet access or computers at home
    Students not practising writing quickly by hand???
  • Advice
    Have the wiki and framework set up in advance
    If possible unblock useful sites
    Teach students how to give each other feedback (this was something I thought would happen naturally but didn’t)
    Use blogging sites that allow you to “follow” students so you are alerted when new blogs are posted
    Don’t assume students are young and therefore internet savvy
  • Benefits for the teacher
    Lightens your paper load – can’t misplace student work
    Quicker to assess and feedback – comment format discourages too many comments and encourages you to focus on next steps
    Easily accessed at all times
    Resources and framework can be used again and again
    Encourages students to be more independent
    Easy to track student progress (or lack of…)
  • The main links are:
    encourage reflective thought and action
    facilitate shared learning
    provide sufficient opportunities to learn
    E-learning
    Links to the NZCEffective Pedagogy
  • Links to the NZCKey Competencies
    thinking
    using language, symbols, and texts
    managing self
    relating to others
    participating and contributing
  • E-Portfolios
  • and other ideas…
    Other uses for wikis and blogs could include:
    Extension and Support activities
    Practice Essays
    Reading Logs
    Creating online Study Guides
    Reflective blogs on the learning process
  • Structuring the learning environments at EGGS
  • Moodle
    This is facilitated by the department as a whole. This is used as the home page for entire subjects. This is where you post common course outlines, handouts and exam information.
  • Google site (or wiki)
    This run by the individual teacher as an online community for their specific class. This is where you post resources and links specific to what you class is doing.
    This is where you would also post links to student blogs of they were going to be shared. This is where you might embed other Google apps such as calendars for tasks and assessments, forms and slideshows.
  • Blogger
    This is the place for student’s public, published writing. This is set up and run by the individual student.
    This is attached to the class Google site or wiki by a hyperlink (which allows for easy access by teachers and other students.
    (a student can set up as many different blogs as they need under using the Google login)
  • Google Docs
    This is the place for student’s personal writing and notes. Students who choose to do class notes and pre-publishes writing may work in Google docs.
    This will remain private, except for sharing with the teacher which allows the teacher to check in and provide feedback.
    Students may also share individual document s with other to work collaboratively
    (teachers can check who contributed what in a click of a button).
  • www.thevirtualclassroom.pbworks.com
  • Online Workshop
    http://thevirtualclassroom.pbworks.com/Beyond-the-Virtual-Classroom