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Why blog?

  1. 1. Why blog? By Fiona Beal fiona@schoolnet.org.zahttp://schoolnetsa.blogspot.com
  2. 2. Introducing myself…• Web 2.0 ‘fanatic’• Have taught Grades 1 - 7 and was then appointed as Computer teacher at Fishhoek Primary. Now working for SchoolNet in technology integration.• Life was revolutionised in 2009 by blogging and discovering a whole educational community ‘out there’.• Winner of Innovative Teacher 2009 in SA with a blogging project!• Textbook writer
  3. 3. SchoolNet SA
  4. 4. What is a blog?http://schoolnetsa.blogspot.com
  5. 5. http://schoolnetsa.blogspot.com
  6. 6. Why blog?
  7. 7. The world is changing for teachers
  8. 8. The use of cell-phones in educationTeacher from the Leap School starts publishing house (Fundza) andincludes three mobi stories via Mxit per month to encourage reading
  9. 9. Tablets in the classroom
  10. 10. TeachMeetshttp://teachmeet-southafrica.wikispaces.com/
  11. 11. Online courses and webinarsSchoolNet runs free short courses for its premium members (a freemembership) every month. These are supported by wikis. Thecurrent one is on ‘Get the most from Google Docs’
  12. 12. Twitter and Tweetchats for teachers @schoolnetsa
  13. 13. It’s the era of global projects
  14. 14. Tons of amazing free tools Microsoft’s Songsmith Microsoft’s AutocollageWindows Movie Maker Photostory 3 for Windows
  15. 15. Free classroom motivational programmes http://www.classdojo.com/
  16. 16. Free classroom learning management systems
  17. 17. Flipped classroomshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aGuLuipTwg&feature=related
  18. 18. E-books are so easy to create and read
  19. 19. Most of it can all be recorded on your blog http://fionabeal.edublogs.org
  20. 20. Different kinds of blogs
  21. 21. Classroom blogs
  22. 22. Classroom blogs project atmy school using the Grade 7 monitors
  23. 23. http://graderfishhoekprimary.blogspot.com
  24. 24. http://grade3fishhoekprimary.blogspot.com
  25. 25. http://grade5fishhoekprimary.blogspot.com
  26. 26. My collection of favourites from other schools
  27. 27. http://trefz.blogspot.com/Mrs Trefz 5th grade blog (USA) uses interesting slideshows and glogsters.She shows a safe search engine for students called Sweetsearch.com
  28. 28. http://rosenglish.blogspot.com/Rosa’s English blog (Spain I think) has some interesting videos. She hasintroduced me to a photo slideshow called Picturetrail.com
  29. 29. http://mistea.edublogs.org/What I like about Miss T’s year 5 and 6 blog in New Zealand is her emphasison reading and books. This is where I discovered ‘book trailers’.
  30. 30. Use blogs for projects: projects I have done using a blog
  31. 31. My Bonding through blogging project 2009
  32. 32. Meet Grade 4/5B
  33. 33. Handing out invitations and the tea
  34. 34. Making friends, interviewing and writing up information
  35. 35. Checking the information and uploading to blogs
  36. 36. Senior Citizen bloggers
  37. 37. Keeping in touch blogging project
  38. 38. Grade 2 weather project recorded on a blog
  39. 39. Podcasting project –shared by means of a blog
  40. 40. Flat Stanley travel buddies – incorporated on a blog
  41. 41. Collaborative e-booksblogging and writing project
  42. 42. The Tooth FairyA collaborative story between three nations Part 1: Kirdup and Geocro in South Africa Part 2: Brandon in Canada Part 3: Alan, Jero and Nico in Argentina
  43. 43. Part 1: The Loose Tooth
  44. 44. One day a little girl was playing in the garden. Her name was Taylor andshe was playing with her cousin Kirsty. You see, Taylor had a wiggly tooth,and it was really bothering her, a lot. All of a sudden, POP! Out came thewiggly tooth!!"Hooray!" said Kirsty. "At last your tooth has come out. You will have to putit under your pillow so that the tooth fairy can come and get it and leaveyou some money.“"Oh really?" said Taylor clapping her hands with excitement.
  45. 45. http://fionabeal.edublogs.org/our-three-nation- story-writing-project/
  46. 46. Use blogs for projects:blogging projects done by others
  47. 47. Adopt-a-Donkey project Lisa Gair
  48. 48. Karen Stadler’s ‘Same and Different’ project
  49. 49. http://kstadler.posterous.com/
  50. 50. Ugandan Global projecthttp://2kmand2kj.global2.vic.edu.au/our-global-projects/ugandan-global-project/
  51. 51. This group ofblogging teachers got together toraise money for aschool in Uganda
  52. 52. The Global Classroom project
  53. 53. The Global Classroom Project 2011 - 2012 Are you interested in flattening your classroom walls & creating a global classroom? Karen Stadler Elkanah TeachMeet October 2011
  54. 54. Projects• “A Glimpse Around the World” (http://goo.gl/LWAwY) Photography project for Grades 3 – 5• “Authentic Global Voices 2011-2012” (http://goo.gl/YE95V) Global writing (English) project for Grades 6 – 12• “Kids Speak” - 2011-2012 (http://goo.gl/1ySQm) A Global VoiceThread Connecting Worlds and Expanding Classrooms for Pre-K - Grade 3
  55. 55. A Grade 2 radio blogging project
  56. 56. http://2kmand2kj.global2.vic.edu.au/2011/11/1 8/our-student-bloggers-join-bay-fm/
  57. 57. Your students could all have their own blogs which are connected to your blogs
  58. 58. An internationalquadblogging site
  59. 59. http://quadblogging.net/
  60. 60. Our World, our stories project
  61. 61. http://ourworldourstories.edublogs.org/
  62. 62. The Reading Round up (These two Grade 3 classes discover reading together)
  63. 63. http://thereadingroundup.blogspot.com/
  64. 64. The Postcard Project
  65. 65. http://openthedoortob4.blogspot.com/p/global -projects.html
  66. 66. Write a book using a blog
  67. 67. Use a blog todisplay work
  68. 68. Use your blog to display work
  69. 69. Technology blogs
  70. 70. There are a number of blogs that supplyteachers with excellent resources andideas. Here are just a few!http://www.freetech4teachers.com/http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/http://ilearntechnology.com/http://cffmv.blogspot.comhttp://theedublogger.com/http://janeknight.typepad.com/http://www.speedofcreativity.org/
  71. 71. Photo-a-day blogs
  72. 72. Personal blog
  73. 73. A friend’s daughter who had cancer kept a blog
  74. 74. Reflection blog
  75. 75. Make a bookfrom a blog
  76. 76. Price list for the various types of bookshttp://www.blurb.com/create/book/blogbook
  77. 77. Use your blog as a teaching tool
  78. 78. http://globaleducation.ning.com/notes/Global_Project_Datab ase
  79. 79. Follow yourfavourite blogs
  80. 80. Different blogging platformshttp://edublogs.orghttp://posterous.comhttp://wordpress.comhttp://blogspot.com

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