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  • 1. Blogfolios Using Web 2.0 & interactive media to assess student progress
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Concept: Where we were…
  • 5. Concept: Where we were…
  • 6. Concept: Where we were…
  • 7. Concept: Where we were…
  • 8. Concept: Where we are…
  • 9. Concept: Where we are…
  • 10. Tools for Blogfolios
    • Classroom Blogmeister: http://www.classblogmeister.com/index.php
    • TeacherTube:
    • http:// www.teachertube.com/index.php
    • Flickr:
    • http:// www.flickr.com /
  • 11. 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.
  • 12. 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.
  • 13. 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.
  • 14. 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.
  • 15. 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!
  • 16. 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’.
  • 17. 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.
  • 18. A Sample Blogfolio
    • http://www.classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=98297
    • This is the current version of the teacher’s blogfolio.