We Have A Big Backyard


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We Have A Big Backyard

  1. 2. About me <ul><li>Baby boomer </li></ul><ul><li>Why blog? </li></ul><ul><li>How did I start? </li></ul><ul><li>Personal blog </li></ul><ul><li>Globalteacher blog </li></ul><ul><li>Backyard blog(globalstudent) – sole administrator </li></ul><ul><li>Individual student blogs – joint administration </li></ul>
  2. 3. My personal blog
  3. 4. My teacher blog
  4. 5. Sample student blog
  5. 6. My blog <ul><li>Posts </li></ul><ul><li>Pages </li></ul><ul><li>Categories </li></ul><ul><li>Tags </li></ul><ul><li>Widgets – clustr maps, delicious links </li></ul><ul><li>Blogroll </li></ul><ul><li>comments </li></ul>
  6. 7. http://backyard.globalstudent.org.au
  7. 8. Uses <ul><li>Online journal </li></ul><ul><li>Digital portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson plans </li></ul><ul><li>bulletin board </li></ul><ul><li>Reflections </li></ul>
  8. 9. How to get started! <ul><li>Read blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Sample blogs – </li></ul><ul><li>sue davis – mobile technology in TAFE </li></ul><ul><li>Jess Mcculloch The rise of reflections </li></ul><ul><li>Alannahk moturoa (from NZ just lots of bits and pieces) </li></ul><ul><li>Jenny lucca lucacept </li></ul><ul><li>Class blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 5 class in Bangkok Our online ESL classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration nation a year 8 blog in USA </li></ul>
  9. 10. Global student/teacher <ul><li>Register for a globalteacher blog </li></ul><ul><li>Adding in students = easy now </li></ul><ul><li>Give some thought to username or webtitle (cannot be changed) eg murcha </li></ul><ul><li>blog title can be changed </li></ul><ul><li>Eg ejourneys with technokids –backyard -ros0003 -rose etc </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you goto your email and activate the link </li></ul>
  10. 11. Global teacher signin
  11. 12. Dashboard
  12. 13. Change password
  13. 14. Write a post <ul><li>Click on the tab “write a new post” or goto dashboard and click on the hyperlink to “write a new post”. Ensure you are in post tab. </li></ul><ul><li>Insert a title in the title section </li></ul><ul><li>Type in your post in the writing area – there are some formatting options available eg fontsize etc </li></ul><ul><li>Click save and continue continually to avoid losing work. It will not go online until you publish </li></ul><ul><li>Proofread, when satisfied, hit publish </li></ul>
  14. 15. Write a post
  15. 16. Insert a Page <ul><li>Posts will scroll in chronological order. Ensure you add an appropriate category for your post </li></ul><ul><li>Add some tags as to content of post eg reflections, skype, blogging etc </li></ul><ul><li>A page will be static but viewable all the time on selection. Eg about me, digital stories etc </li></ul><ul><li>Complete as for posts. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Default blog theme
  17. 18. Themes – choose a more colourful theme. Choose another from presentation tab, and it will activate
  18. 19. Widgets – are pieces of code that enhance the sidebar of a blog eg clustrmaps, avatar, category etc If changing themes, goto presentation>widgets>grab required widgets eg meta, categories, pages, clustrmaps etc.
  19. 20. Comments – give depth, interactions and conversations. Can approve or delete or spam.
  20. 21. Blogroll
  21. 22. hints <ul><li>Start blogging – it will find a direction over time </li></ul><ul><li>Blog until you feel comfortable before starting with students </li></ul><ul><li>Blog regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a social network (links, comments, trackbacks, teacher lists, nings etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Do not worry about initial appearance – just start. </li></ul>
  22. 23. Topic of first posts <ul><li>About me/class/school/facilities etc </li></ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Interests </li></ul><ul><li>Hobbies </li></ul><ul><li>Software/hardware trialled and evaluations </li></ul>
  23. 24. Resources <ul><li>Web2 telegraph – a collection of hints, trials, experiences and advice </li></ul><ul><li>25 steps – an adventure for web2.0 learning </li></ul><ul><li>http://ejourneys.wikispaces.com – my wiki with lots of resources for all things web2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Edublogger great tips on getting more out of edublogs </li></ul>
  24. 25. Cybersafety <ul><li>Usernames eg rose, meatballs </li></ul><ul><li>Avatars </li></ul><ul><li>No last names/addresses/phone numbers/other identifying details </li></ul><ul><li>Joint administration rights </li></ul><ul><li>Other staff(including principal) </li></ul><ul><li>regularly comment </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds to student blogs </li></ul>
  25. 26. Learning outcomes – staff/students <ul><li>A tool for reading, writing and sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Authentic audience </li></ul><ul><li>Highly motivational </li></ul><ul><li>Powerful learning when connecting with other classes </li></ul><ul><li>Students want to share </li></ul><ul><li>Etc </li></ul>
  26. 27. My blogs <ul><li>http://murcha.wordpress.com (my personal ejourney with gen Y) </li></ul><ul><li>http://murch.globalteacher.org.au (my classwork and ejourney with technokids, links to student blogs and other schools with student blogs) </li></ul><ul><li>http://backyard.globalstudent.org.au class blog </li></ul><ul><li>http://christmas2.0us.wordpress.com class blog for work at Christmas time </li></ul>
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