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  • 1. Why use Blogs and Wikis?
    • World Wide Display Wall
    • Audience – geovisitors –
    • Purpose (self / peer assessment)
  • 2. Web 2
    • WWW 1 – for seeking information
    • Web 2 – for collaboration and sharing of ideas. Communication
    • Free social software tools that young people are familiar with outside school
  • 3. Motivation
    • Learning is ‘real’. Report writing. Letter writing. Interview techniques. Art
    • Discussions with other pupils same age. Glasgow … Australia
  • 4. New Opportunities
    • Teaching has changed – less text book led
    • Highlights – digital video, 2 LG Shines, silver award at ICT fair
    • Peer assessment 2 stars and 1 wish
    • Regular ideas from pupils, from other blogs, world wide audience
    • Australian Wiki Project
    • Voices of the World Project
  • 5. 5.What do you hope for the future of blogging in education?
    • To date - Class blogs, ind. Blogs, no. of wikis
    • More and more adventurous – Australian Wikipedia!
    • Building a community - Global friendships – pupils. Email collaboration – teachers, other professionals
    • Digital Divide – learner centred education
    • Caters for different learning styles not just computer based!
    • HMI ICT in Ed Quote
  • 6. Graham Donaldson (HM Senior Chief Inspector of Education) statement
    • ICT has transformed the means by which we inform ourselves, remain up to date with world events and areas of personal interest, and further our learning.
    • For many, books and journals are no longer the first or primary source of information or learning.
    • We now regularly rely on images, video, animations and sound to acquire information and to learn.
    • Increased and improved access to the internet has accelerated this phenomenon.
    • Scotland is well placed to build on current strengths in order to realise the full potential of ICT to improve learning and achievement.
    • The challenge is to make that happen.
  • 7. A Local Perspective Julia Swan, Falkirk’s Director of Education Quote :  “ We are seeing the growing use of ICT in the classroom and pupils are responding very positively to developments. Feedback from teachers show that pupils are generally more eager to participate as they use the ICT equipment to engage with learning. Many staff has reported that they have found attainment rises the more pupils are involved in using ICT in the learning process and suggests that this is an area in which we will be prioritising our resources.”  
  • 8. A Curriculum For Excellence
    • Successful Learners by having access to a worldwide audience who can comment on their work
    • Effective Contributors by leaving comments on their own classmates work, as well as work of others’ around the globe
    • Confident Individuals as they learn that their work and opinions are respected by a worldwide audience
    • Responsible Citizens as they are trusted to contribute to their own wikis and blogs sensibly.