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  • 1. From Newsletters to Blogs Increasing Parent and Student Engagement A conversation for #ECOO12 October 25, 2012 by Erin Paynter
  • 2. About MeTeacher and VP at Elizabeth Park PS in (ErHead)adriander1326@gmail.comWife, motherChris, Adrienne and Alex
  • 3. Im a lot of things but... Photo Caption
  • 4. Lets create the agenda together! What do you want to talk about? What questions do you have? Paper airplane activity Modification: snowballs
  • 5. Why blog?● reflective of current times● interactive● time and resources (green)● easily accessible for most● backpack black holes● dynamic and flexible
  • 6. Why do you blog, or why do you want to? Use the hashtags #n2blogs and #ecoo12 to share your thoughts
  • 7. Out of the mouths of babes...
  • 8. Determine your purpose● information sharing● spark discussion● digital citizenship● engagement● connect and network● transparency (school, classroom)● audience
  • 9. Blogging Sites
  • 10. Blogging Sites that are Teacher Moderated
  • 11. The Falcons Nest
  • 12. Glen Cairn Public School
  • 13. A few of the many teachers who blog with their students...Aviva Dunsiger (@avivaloca)Michelle Horst (@Michelle_Horst)Joelle Ruddick (@joelleruddick)Pernille Ripp (@pernilleripp)Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher)And the list goes on and on... andprobably includes many of you!
  • 14. Paynter ETFI
  • 15. Using and citing images
  • 16. Dos and DontsLets build this together in Google Docs here or go to #n2blogs on Twitter for link
  • 17. Safety for Students● media release● teacher moderation● search engines - visible?
  • 18. Safety for Students● Internet safety● digital citizenship● student blogging resources
  • 19. Increasing Engagement● student engagement ○ teacher feedback vs "out there" ○ global citizen/audience ○ multiple modalities ○ student as lead learner
  • 20. Increasing Engagement● parent engagement ○ transparency ○ "What did you learn at school today?" ○ interactive ○ parent as co-learner/co-leader ○ parent as client, or parent as partner?
  • 21. Parent Engagement at EPPS● anecdotal feedback from parents● nature of our conversations have changed● parent council - 6 to 30● attendance at events has increased● added challenge unique to our site - new school
  • 22. Things Im still working on...● interacting vs transmitting● the techie stuff● teacher engagement
  • 23. What about you?Lets open the floor:● your successes and challenges● anything you would do differently?● ______________
  • 24. Make and Take Time● for those that havent started one and would like to explore with the support of others● for those that would like to tweak existing site(s) with the support of others
  • 25. Many thanks to:Shannon Smith (@shannoninottawa) for inspiring me to submita proposal for #ECOO12.Everyone at #ECOO12 - Brenda Sherry, Peter Skillen, DougPeterson, Andrew Forgrave, Cal Armstrong, and more for thesupport.Joelle Ruddick (@joelleruddick), Cathy Beach (@beachcat11),Lino De Gasperis (@LinoDeGasperis), and Lisa Donohue(@Lisa_Donohue) for the feedback.And last but not least YOU for participating and sharing.