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    • Blogfolios Using Web 2.0 & interactive media to assess student progress
    • Definitions
      • Web 2.0: The idea that the
      • Internet, and the World Wide
      • Web (WWW) have become a
      • community where sharing and
      • collaboration among users is
      • encouraged. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2
      • Interactive Media: Using media
      • that allows for user
      • participation. Some examples
      • of interactive media are email,
      • the world wide web, & video
      • games. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interactive_media#Examples_of_interactive_media
    • Concept: We Know… … students often learn better through project-based learning. … students enjoy using technology, and this can be used as a ‘hook’ to get their attention. … employers are looking for students who can communicate orally and in writing. … employers are looking for students who can work in teams. … No Child Left Behind requires that we show concrete evidence when students master material.
    • Concept: Where we were…
    • Concept: Where we were…
    • Concept: Where we were…
    • Concept: Where we were…
    • Concept: Where we are…
    • Concept: Where we are…
    • Tools for Blogfolios
      • Classroom Blogmeister: http://www.classblogmeister.com/index.php
      • TeacherTube:
      • http:// www.teachertube.com/index.php
      • Flickr:
      • http:// www.flickr.com /
    • Why these tools?
      • Classroom Blogmeister: http://www.classblogmeister.com/index.php
      • Classroom Blogmeister has been described by other teacher users as a ‘walled garden’. People can search and find the blog, but the searcher must be really intent on looking…
      • All posts by students must be approved by teachers, and this includes the inclusion of interactive media.
      • The teacher sets up student accounts, and students can use pseudonyms and avatars to prevent actual identification. In fact, these ideas are encouraged by the creator of Classroom Blogmeister.
      • Classroom Blogmeister does not have storage space, and so students will be very limited in what they can post on-line.
    • Why these tools?
      • TeacherTube
      • http://www.teachertube.com/index.php
      • TeacherTube is similar to YouTube, except that it is monitored by the sponsors of the site as well as the teachers & students who use it. It does require the creation of a username and password in order to upload videos.
      • A user can easily upload videos, and set them so that people cannot see them, and cannot embed them in external websites.
      • Users are also able to restrict viewing and use of videos to people that are on a created email list.
      • For the purposes of a blogfolio, the teacher will retain control over videos uploaded and used, because students will not be given their own accounts to use in school.
    • Why these tools?
      • Flickr:
      • http:// www.flickr.com /
      • Flickr is the most popular of many on-line photo sharing sites.
      • It can be used as photo storage, which works well since Blogmeister does not have space.
      • By using Flickr as photo storage space, the teacher retains control over pictures that are posted & used.
      • Flickr also allows student to combine pictures to make slideshows or other items that can be posted in their blogs.
    • What will a blogfolio have?
        • Videos of students working in the classroom & community.
        • Photos of students working in the classroom & community.
        • Student work as screenshots, digital images, videos or photographs.
    • Why a blogfolio?
      • The format allows students to access their work from any location that has Internet access.
      • This allows students to create using interactive media which directly touches on industry goals from the SCANS report.
      • This gives teachers a way to comment on, and assist students with work without the potential for identifying students who receive special education services.
      • Using a computer allows students to access assistive technology to help with writing and communication skills.
      • Using Web 2.0 reduces the amount of software that needs to be installed on a school network. The tools are already there and available!
    • Potential Problems & Solu tions
      • Student security issue problems:
      • Even though staff would retain control of things that the students upload and post, there is the potential that people would be able to identify students from their blog sites.
      • Student security issue solutions:
      • Provide a lesson and a pictorial cue so that students understand Internet safety.
      • Include a section within the rubrics for the blogfolios that covers security.
      • Ensure that all students have photo permission on file, and avoid identification of classes as ‘special education’.
    • Potential Problems & Solu tions
      • Access issue problems:
      • Despite Internet access available in the public libraries, and also at Park View after school, there is the potential that some students would not have equal access to the medium.
      • Access issue solutions:
      • Ensure students understand that there is access in labs after school, and at the library.
      • Provide an additional time after school with the teacher as necessary for students to work.
    • A Sample Blogfolio
      • http://www.classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=98297
      • This is the current version of the teacher’s blogfolio.