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  1. 1. Blogfolios Using Web 2.0 & interactive media to assess student progress
  2. 2. Definitions <ul><li>Web 2.0: The idea that the </li></ul><ul><li>Internet, and the World Wide </li></ul><ul><li>Web (WWW) have become a </li></ul><ul><li>community where sharing and </li></ul><ul><li>collaboration among users is </li></ul><ul><li>encouraged. </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive Media: Using media </li></ul><ul><li>that allows for user </li></ul><ul><li>participation. Some examples </li></ul><ul><li>of interactive media are email, </li></ul><ul><li>the world wide web, & video </li></ul><ul><li>games. </li></ul>
  3. 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.
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  10. 10. Tools for Blogfolios <ul><li>Classroom Blogmeister: </li></ul><ul><li>TeacherTube: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul>
  11. 11. Why these tools? <ul><li>Classroom Blogmeister: </li></ul><ul><li>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… </li></ul><ul><li>All posts by students must be approved by teachers, and this includes the inclusion of interactive media. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom Blogmeister does not have storage space, and so students will be very limited in what they can post on-line. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Why these tools? <ul><li>TeacherTube </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>A user can easily upload videos, and set them so that people cannot see them, and cannot embed them in external websites. </li></ul><ul><li>Users are also able to restrict viewing and use of videos to people that are on a created email list. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Why these tools? <ul><li>Flickr: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr is the most popular of many on-line photo sharing sites. </li></ul><ul><li>It can be used as photo storage, which works well since Blogmeister does not have space. </li></ul><ul><li>By using Flickr as photo storage space, the teacher retains control over pictures that are posted & used. </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr also allows student to combine pictures to make slideshows or other items that can be posted in their blogs. </li></ul>
  14. 14. What will a blogfolio have? <ul><ul><li>Videos of students working in the classroom & community. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photos of students working in the classroom & community. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student work as screenshots, digital images, videos or photographs. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Why a blogfolio? <ul><li>The format allows students to access their work from any location that has Internet access. </li></ul><ul><li>This allows students to create using interactive media which directly touches on industry goals from the SCANS report. </li></ul><ul><li>This gives teachers a way to comment on, and assist students with work without the potential for identifying students who receive special education services. </li></ul><ul><li>Using a computer allows students to access assistive technology to help with writing and communication skills. </li></ul><ul><li>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! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Potential Problems & Solu tions <ul><li>Student security issue problems: </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Student security issue solutions: </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a lesson and a pictorial cue so that students understand Internet safety. </li></ul><ul><li>Include a section within the rubrics for the blogfolios that covers security. </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that all students have photo permission on file, and avoid identification of classes as ‘special education’. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Potential Problems & Solu tions <ul><li>Access issue problems: </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Access issue solutions: </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure students understand that there is access in labs after school, and at the library. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide an additional time after school with the teacher as necessary for students to work. </li></ul>
  18. 18. A Sample Blogfolio <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>This is the current version of the teacher’s blogfolio. </li></ul>