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    20G blogs Eminent Presentation 2010 Copenhagen 20G blogs Eminent Presentation 2010 Copenhagen Presentation Transcript

    • 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
    • Their thoughts...
    • As their teacher
      Time
      Risk
      Constantly learning and relearning
      Transformation of practice
    • www.elearningisland.ie
      www.portmarnockcommunityschool.ie