Donal O’ Mahony, Portmarnock Community School, Ireland. 2og Blogs
north County Dublin co-educational 825 students 12 – 18/19 years of age 61 full-time teachers ...Junior Certificate Examination ...Leaving Certificate Examination
10g/20G/ 30G – a Junior certificate Group
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
What You See Is What You Get Essential to many digital and social media applications
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
WordPress served by Edublogs WordPress is a blogging application using the WYSYGYG editor I was very familiar with it from my own blogging Edublogsis 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.
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
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 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.
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)
Good quality internet search Good quality content Responsible online behaviour Plagiarism Netiquette Presentation skills Responsibilities of ownership
30 individual blogs
20G Blogs Anne Frank John Hume
As their teacher Time Risk Constantly learning and relearning Transformation of practice