2OG BLOGS
Donal O’ Mahony, Portmarnock Community School, Ireland.
 north County Dublin
 co-educational
 825 students 12 – 18/19 years of age
 61 full-time teachers
 ...Junior Certific...
10G/20G/ 30G – A JUNIOR CERTIFICATE GROUP
THE STUDENTS DIGITAL HISTORY...
 As 10G, they used three online applications at a
basic level
 Moodle
 Blabberize – tal...
Essential to many
digital and social media
applications
What You See Is
What You Get
 In their Second Year I wanted to move to an
application
 that was easy to teach,
 that had useful digital media featur...
WORDPRESS SERVED BY EDUBLOGS
 WordPress is a blogging application using the
WYSYGYG editor
 I was very familiar with it ...
THE BLOGGING PROJECT
 Taught over one period per week 12.05 –
12.40 on Thursdays
 In an ICT room with thirty functioning...
 At first a class blog – I created the posts they
responded – figuring out what a blog is!
THEIR OWN BLOGS
 Choose a person in history.....Within the
Junior Certificate History syllabus there are
key people in hi...
 Create a number of postings
 Respond to each others posts
 Design using the WordPress themes
 Use text Create Hyperli...
 Good quality internet search
 Good quality content
 Responsible online behaviour
 Plagiarism
 Netiquette
 Presentat...
30 INDIVIDUAL BLOGS
 20G Blogs
 Anne Frank
 John Hume
THEIR THOUGHTS...
AS THEIR TEACHER
 Time
 Risk
 Constantly learning and relearning
 Transformation of practice
www.elearningisland.ie
www.portmarnockcommunityschool.ie
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  1. 1. 2OG BLOGS Donal O’ Mahony, Portmarnock Community School, Ireland.
  2. 2.  north County Dublin  co-educational  825 students 12 – 18/19 years of age  61 full-time teachers  ...Junior Certificate Examination  ...Leaving Certificate Examination
  3. 3. 10G/20G/ 30G – A JUNIOR CERTIFICATE GROUP
  4. 4. THE STUDENTS DIGITAL HISTORY...  As 10G, they used three online applications at a basic level  Moodle  Blabberize – talking photos  Google sites  They were all familiar with the WYSIWYG editor
  5. 5. Essential to many digital and social media applications What You See Is What You Get
  6. 6.  In their Second Year I wanted to move to an application  that was easy to teach,  that had useful digital media features  that would support the history-syllabus
  7. 7. WORDPRESS SERVED BY EDUBLOGS  WordPress is a blogging application using the WYSYGYG editor  I was very familiar with it from my own blogging  Edublogs is an Australian company that configures WordPress for teachers  a small fee: fifty advert-free blogs, bulk creation of blogs, one hundred themes, extra-features e.g. creating personalised headers.
  8. 8. THE BLOGGING PROJECT  Taught over one period per week 12.05 – 12.40 on Thursdays  In an ICT room with thirty functioning PC’s  Reliable broadband  The students generally had good internet access at home  I had briefed their parents by letter, presentation and got written permissions
  9. 9.  At first a class blog – I created the posts they responded – figuring out what a blog is!
  10. 10. THEIR OWN BLOGS  Choose a person in history.....Within the Junior Certificate History syllabus there are key people in history whom students study.  Some of these are generic e.g. the life of a woman in Celtic Ireland, while some are specific, for example, a named Renaissance artist.
  11. 11.  Create a number of postings  Respond to each others posts  Design using the WordPress themes  Use text Create Hyperlinks  Use images WYSIWYG editor  Embed video (explanation of very basic html)
  12. 12.  Good quality internet search  Good quality content  Responsible online behaviour  Plagiarism  Netiquette  Presentation skills  Responsibilities of ownership
  13. 13. 30 INDIVIDUAL BLOGS
  14. 14.  20G Blogs  Anne Frank  John Hume
  15. 15. THEIR THOUGHTS...
  16. 16. AS THEIR TEACHER  Time  Risk  Constantly learning and relearning  Transformation of practice
  17. 17. www.elearningisland.ie www.portmarnockcommunityschool.ie

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