Blogging for educators Part 2


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Siyavula supports communities of educators working together in South Africa. One way in which we believe this could be better achieved is through blogging and social media. We have recently run workshops in Johannesburg and Cape Town for educators to show them how to use these tools to connect, share with and support other educators.

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Blogging for educators Part 2

  1. 1. Contexts abound ...
  2. 2. All are challenging ...
  3. 3. Technologys Promise
  4. 4. Collaboration Sharing is fundamental to teaching
  5. 5. Effective Sharing Open everything ... o p e n p r o c e s s e s – iterative, transparent and collaborativeo p e n c o p y r i g h t l i c e n c e s – freedom to distribute, adapt and enhance o p e n s t a n d a r d s – formats that enable the freedomso p e n s o u r c e s o f t w a r e – freedom distribute, adapt and enhance
  6. 6. Cape Town Open Education DeclarationRequiredreading ...
  7. 7. Our Work Increase the library of openly shared resources (OERs)
  8. 8. Our Work Identify innovative and engaging ways of delivering curriculum
  9. 9. Our Work Support communities and conduct professional development
  10. 10. A simple introduction to:Social Media and Blogs
  11. 11. Skills 1 Recap: Create a gmail account Create a twitter account Follow some interesting people Siyavulas purpose: help you develop anappreciation for blogs and the feedback they get. Benefit for you: passive consumption of great content and ideas.
  12. 12. What you could have missed since the first talk: c o / N Dan Meyer on principles for engaging Maths s lt ie instruction a p en o / N PsyBlog on postures for creative thinking ns t io a gAfrican Robotics Network and li Tim OReillybon o latest research on risk to sharks o N
  13. 13. Skills 2 Plan: Create a Wordpress blog Theme your blog Link it to your twitter account Siyavulas purpose: help you begin to author content and enage with your peers online.Benefit for you: authoring content distills ideas,feedback drives enhancement and innovation.
  14. 14. Technology & Community & Openness Dan Meyer writer, speaker, learner, worker, go-getter
  15. 15. Technology & Community & Openness Dan Meyer writer, speaker, learner, worker, go-getter
  16. 16. Technology & Community & Openness Dan Meyer writer, speaker, learner, worker, go-getterBut blogging was the cheapest, most risk-free investment I couldhave made of my personal time into my job. You start by writing downthings that are interesting to you, practices you don’t want to forget.And then you start trying new things just so you can blog about themlater, picking them apart, and dialoging over them with strangers.Periods of stagnancy in your blogging start to correspond to periodsof stagnancy in your teaching. You start to muse on your job whenyou’re stuck in traffic, in line for groceries, that sort of thing. That
  17. 17. Our ultimate goal: A community of educators confident andcomfortable to author, review and openly share content online.
  18. 18. Siyavula Badges
  19. 19. A simple introduction to: Blogging
  20. 20. Wordpress.com1
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  22. 22. Passwords Long – take a phrase and concatenate itComplicated – mix CaSe, numb3rs, characters! Write them DOWN!Better to write down a hard password than make an easy one ...
  23. 23. Dont (my opinion) ….Only blog in lists (those posts are done already) Clutter the page with widgets Rant
  24. 24. Do ….Blogging is personal so write sincerely Keep it simple Develop your own style Respond to comments Respect others (even if they dont)
  25. 25. The internet is a dangerous place?
  26. 26. Anonymity InvisibilityStop/start communication Voices in your head Imaginary world No police
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