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    • Pam Thompson My Blogging journey
    • What is a blog?
      • Put simply by the people at Commoncraft:
      • Blogs in plain English
    • So why blog?
      • Rachel Boyd, a teacher from Nelson, NZ, sums it up in this video
      • Why let our students blog?
    • My intended audience
      • Students from our class
      • Parents & family members
      • Colleagues at school
    • Actual audience
      • Students from our class
      • Students from other classes
      • Students from other schools
      • Colleagues
      • Educators from around the globe
      • Parents – but probably not to the extent I’d hoped
    • How do we use our blog?
      • Sharing news & events
      • Sharing work
      • Accessing information, e.g. spelling lists, homework
      • Linking to other student/class blogs
      • Links for projects via our del.icio.us site
      • Feedback on what’s happening at school
    • Benefits for students
      • Authentic audience
      • Familiar form of communication
      • Student voice
      • Multimedia capabilities – sharing of digital work
      • Global communication – via wiki set up with school in Scotland
      • Feedback from others
    • Benefits for me
      • New skills
      • Consider new ways of doing things, e.g. podcasts
      • Contact with other educators, both in Australia & overseas
      • Development of wiki with school in Scotland
    • Why edublogs?
      • Not blocked in schools, unlike some others
      • Easy to use
      • Ability to moderate comments
      • Registering students at different levels
      • Ease of uploading files, media etc
      • Edublogs forum
      • The edublogger
    • Points for consideration
      • Moderation of comments to avoid inappropriate content
      • Student anonymity & privacy
      • Class blog with student posts or individual blogs?
      • Blogging is about reading as well as writing – which blogs will you add to your blogroll?
      • Consider subscribing to a blog reader for updates on favourite blogs, e.g Google Reader
      • Comments – relevant & appropriate
    • Widgets for your blog
      • Clustermaps – see where your visitors are coming from
      • Weatherpixie – widget showing weather
      • Widgetbox – lots of widgets, e.g. clocks, games
      • Counters – how many visitors are you getting?
      • Vokis – record a welcome message for your visitors
      • Avatars – use an avatar instead of a photo – great for students to have identity but stay anonymous
      • More avatars