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Description of the Ultranet and Web 2.0 tools (wikis and Blogs)

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  • Wiki - a visitor-edited resource such as an encyclopaedia.Blog - a diary or news column type of page display, normally with a comments section for readers' opinion.Forum - a noticeboard program that allows people to start new topics or respond to existing ones.CMS - content management system - server-based software that holds and publishes all types of content, and often has multiple options as to how the website appears and functions.

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  • Macedon NetworkLoddon Mallee Region
  • Purpose
    Ultranet Symbols
    Usage of the spaces
    Wikis and Blogs
    Examples of where used
    Translate to staff
  • Home
    This is your landing page. It is a me space. No one else can see this
  • Use for
    Learning Contacts
    Notices – teachers/ communities and spaces you belong to
    Notice Viewer (for students) displays notices in pictorial format with a text summary for all the communities and spaces the student belongs to
    Moderator Requests informs you if any students have requested you to become a Moderator of a space that they have set up within the Ultranet
  • Express Space
    My personal space Only those I invite can see this space It is a WE Space
  • Use for
    • share their thoughts and ideas regarding their learning
    • document their Learning Goals; collect evidence of their learning in their Learning Portfolio
    • easily communicate with Learning Contacts
    • maintain a professional Portfolio
    • a list of Portfolio Viewers
  • Collaborative Learning Spaces
    A space for student collaboration and learning. This is a WE space.
  • Use for
    Small group tasks: create a wiki that poses an inquiry question, such as ‘Do we need to conserve water in our community?’. students respond to the question through comments on the page. Add resources you want students to use;
    Whole class project: Create a unit on China pose questions and including supporting information such as images, videos, message boards and hyperlinks to other internet resources. Add a blog to promote reflection, asking students to reflect and comment on a podcast or a video.
    Cross-class project: Studying a Book. Studentsand teachers discuss and share ideas about characters, themes or the plot. Students are invited to collaborate and contribute designs for alternate book covers, rewriting blurbs, or writing character references;
    Plan an excursion or camp: create a space where an excursion to the museum is jointly planned by all involved
    Prepare a list of class norms: safeand responsible behaviours when participating in online communities like the Collaborative Learning Space.
  • Design Space
    A space for professional collaboration and learning. This is a WE SPACE
  • Use for
    Professional learning team to communicate and collaborate around aspects of shared work. For instance, what we mean by high-quality instruction;
    Teachers in a learning area or year level team to collaboratively develop, plan and document curriculum. within a school or across schools
    Less experienced teacher(s) to be coached by another teacher
    Teachers in small or remote schools to collaborate and share curriculum materials with teachers across Victoria
    Principals in a network to collaborate and share professional dialogue and resources
    Curriculum/literacy/numeracy coordinators across a network to collaborate and share
    Teachers involved in a Bastow program, network or regional professional learning activity to communicate between and after sessions
    Teachers to share and moderate pieces of student work.
  • Community Space
    A space for educational communities to communicate and collaborate. This is a WE SPACE
  • Use for
  • Wikis & Blogs
    a diary or news column type of page display, normally with a comments section for readers' opinion.
    a collaborative website where all members contributes
  • What’s a wiki?
    How can they be used in the classroom?
  • Some ideas for using them in the classroom
    Class information wiki: Let parents and students know what your class is up to, put in a calendar. Upload newsletters and circulars in case they get 'lost' in someone's bag.
    Whole class projects: Students make X-number of pages relating to a research topic and link to their classmates' work.
    Group projects: 3, 4, 5 + students can collaborate on reports, presentations etc without that classic excuse "James is away sick and he has all of the work!“
    Organising a Fete, Or any other major event: All members of the committee can work on the planning.
    Curriculum planning: Link to resources, upload worksheets and lesson plans.
  • Some ideas for using them in the classroom (cont.)
    Subject Wiki: Information for students, homework, assignments, a calendar. No more "I didn't know what to do for homework." or "I lost the rubric“
    Organising a sporting tournament: Dates, fixtures, contact details
    Pen Pals: Write to people anywhere! Or collaborate with classes in Australia and/or China on an international project
    Collaborative story writing: Students can work together on stories.
    Subject revision: Students contribute to revision guides
  • Advantages Concerns
    • Relatively simple technology
    • Promotes "real-world" collaboration skills
    • Pools strengths of many
    • Assessable, easy to track
    • Online collaborative writing produces higher quality writing than face-to-face collaboration (Passig and Schwartz, 2007 cited in Orech, 2007)
    • Security/safety issues
    • Labour for moderator
    • Combating "Copy and paste"
    • Potential inequitable work distribution by contributors
    (list modified from Orech, 2007)
  • What’s a blog?
  • Some ideas for using blogs in the classroom
    Autobiographical writing: Students can use the blog as a journal or diary of day-to-day life
    Book journaling: Students write their thoughts or respond with comments to the teacher’s or other students’ posts about a book.
    Science reports: Students journal the investigation process
    Class blog run by teacher: Informing students of important events eg homework, excursions, what to bring to school. Students can comment for clarification.
  • Some ideas for using blogs in the classroom
    Art impressions: Students comment on works of art
    Creative writing: Students write posts as prose or poetry and constructively critique one another’s work.
    Digital portfolio: Students can record a body of work by uploading documents and images
    Tracking a student’s thinking as they complete any assignment
  • Tips for getting started with Blogs and Wikis
    Start small with your own wiki or blog about anything. Use it for planning or for letting family overseas know what you are up to or just make it weird
    Seek help from colleagues who have tried it
    Target the tech-heads with maturity in your class to be moderators
    Read educator blogs
    Global Teacher
  • Blogs and wikis from Macedon Ranges schools
    ...to keep our school community up to date with what's going on. A blog is a type of website, maintained by our class teachers with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are displayed in reverse-chronological order and the school community is able to leave a reply to entries.
  • You have experts in your class already.u have experts in your class already.