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