Ideas for Enquiry blogger<br />These are ideas for developing the blogging tool, based on Simon and Rebecca’s experience of the two-day workshop in Bristol this week.<br />These are first sketches – let us know what you think. Would these tools be valuable to you or to the learners you work with? How could they be improved?<br />
The next few slides focus on ‘plug-ins’. Wordpress blogs have access to lots of these. In the picture on the left I’ve highlighted the ones we are currently using. Plug-ins can be added, deleted and moved around – they help users to make the blog their own, and they provide tools for both readers and writers.<br />We’d like individual learners to be able to personalise their blog by changing its layout, its plug-ins and the picture at the top.<br />We also think it would be helpful to be able to add posts or pictures from mobile devices such as phones.<br />
Investigation plug-in<br />Connecting<br />Formalising<br />Mapping<br />Validating<br />Choosing<br />Narrating<br />Observing<br />Questioning<br />The eight step pathway represented as a fractal / spiral.<br />Clicking one of the points while writing a blog post tags your post with that label.<br />Points start off red, one click turns them orange, three (?) clicks turn them orange,<br />five(?) to ten (?) clicks increase their size.<br />
Michael<br />Jacob<br />Bethany<br />Farah<br />Sanjeev<br />Lucy<br />Prannav<br />Jemma<br />Cerys<br />Teacher view of the investigation plug-in. Overview of progress. Identify areas <br />where the individual / class is doing well / having problems<br />
Mood plug-in<br />How much fun am I having with my enquiry?<br />Slide the slider to associate a fun level with your current blog post.<br />The background colour shows how much fun your investigation has been overall<br />Use the clock icon to run through the fun levels of the past few days<br />
Michael<br />Jacob<br />Bethany<br />Farah<br />Sanjeev<br />Lucy<br />Prannav<br />Jemma<br />Cerys<br />Teacher view of the mood plug-in. Overview of progress. Identify whether <br />individuals / the class are enjoying themselves today / overall.<br />
ELLI plug-in<br />RESILIENCE<br />Resilient learners like a challenge.<br />They are willing to ‘give it a go’.<br />They accept that learning is sometimes hard.<br />They are not frightened of finding things difficult. <br />They don't mind making mistakes every so often.<br />They can learn from their mistakes.<br />The gadget displays your ELLI profile. You don’t have to make it public to the class. Click on a word to get a description of that characteristic. Click on a red circle to tag your blog post with that characteristic.<br />
Eight steps plug-in<br />Enquiry Steps<br />(pull-down menu)<br />Choosing<br />Choose an object or place that fascinates you.<br />This is a very important step in your investigation.<br />Choose something that you can observe in detail.<br />Make sure it is something you find really interesting.<br />You could include it in your blog by:<br /><ul><li>Adding some pictures
Videoing it</li></ul>Choose the title of one of the steps from the pull-down menu in order to display a brief description of what it involves and how you might represent it in your blog.<br />
Compendium plug-in<br />Use this plug-in to embed your mindmap, or a section of your mindmap, in your blog.<br />Embedding is better than just including a picture, because it allows you to keep the links to websites and to full-size pictures and videos. <br />
Xxxx<br />This slide is intended to indicate how the plug-ins could appear alongside the blog posts.<br />At this stage they’re differently styled mock-ups, so ignore the messy designs.<br />You can tell at a glance that this student has made a good start on the investigation, that they may need to focus on resilience – and that they could be having more fun with their enquiry. <br />Enquiry Steps<br />
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