Blogging to enhance literacy Examples from the Macedon Ranges network
Aims for the session <ul><li>Define “blogging” in an educational context </li></ul><ul><li>Explore student blogs from the ...
What is a blog? <ul><li>Watch the video and think about </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How is a blog different from a “normal” webs...
What does the research say? <ul><li>ICT is more effective when </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It isn’t the only teaching strategy <...
What does the research say? <ul><li>When ICT is used in writing, students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Write more </li></ul></ul>...
Case study – New Gisborne PS http://newgisps.globalstudent.org.au
Why use blogs? <ul><li>Gives each student their own webspace </li></ul><ul><li>Writing for an audience </li></ul><ul><li>E...
Ideas for using blogs - students <ul><li>Journals  </li></ul><ul><li>Book reports, literature circles </li></ul><ul><li>Cr...
Ideas for using blogs - teachers <ul><li>Post class assignments, upcoming assignments, project help, calendars and more </...
Step 1 – Go to http://globalstudent.org.au
Step 2 – Scroll down the page and find the link “register”
Step 3 – Fill in the form using a username you’ve chosen and an email address and press “next”
Step 4– Leave the blog domain as is, and give the blog a title. Choose if you want your blog to be searchable and press “n...
Step 5 – Go to the email address you entered, there should be a confirmation email there from globalstudent
Step 6 – After clicking on the confirmation email, you will receive another email with your username and password
Step 7 – Copy the password, click on the login link to take you to the login page. Enter your username and password
Step 8 – You are now at your blog’s dashboard. Begin blogging!
Sandpit time http://testmacblog1.globalstudent.org.au
Step 1 – Go to http://testmacblog1.globalstudent.org.au Find the link that says “log in”
Step 2 – Your username is “testmacblog1”. Your password is also “testmacblog1”. You should now see your dashboard.
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Blogging To Enhance Literacy

  1. 1. Blogging to enhance literacy Examples from the Macedon Ranges network
  2. 2. Aims for the session <ul><li>Define “blogging” in an educational context </li></ul><ul><li>Explore student blogs from the Macedon Ranges area </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect on benefits for student learning </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas for using blogs in your classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Some sandpit time using blogs </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a blog? <ul><li>Watch the video and think about </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How is a blog different from a “normal” website? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How are blog posts arranged? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do communities of bloggers work together? </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What does the research say? <ul><li>ICT is more effective when </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It isn’t the only teaching strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There is teacher pre-training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There are multiple opportunities for learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The student, not the teacher, is “in control” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer learning is optimised </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback is optimised </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What does the research say? <ul><li>When ICT is used in writing, students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Write more </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write of a higher quality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do more revisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make fewer errors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are more engaged and motivated </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Case study – New Gisborne PS http://newgisps.globalstudent.org.au
  7. 7. Why use blogs? <ul><li>Gives each student their own webspace </li></ul><ul><li>Writing for an audience </li></ul><ul><li>Enables peer assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Enables reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Share other digital media (eg audio, video) </li></ul><ul><li>Over time becomes a digital portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation for Ultranet (24/7 learning) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Ideas for using blogs - students <ul><li>Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Book reports, literature circles </li></ul><ul><li>Creative writing assignments, short stories, poetry </li></ul><ul><li>Display and discussion of student art work/photography </li></ul><ul><li>Student portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Class discussions, current events </li></ul><ul><li>Class archive </li></ul><ul><li>Role playing </li></ul><ul><li>Class newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative projects with another class </li></ul><ul><li>Science experiment notebook </li></ul>
  9. 9. Ideas for using blogs - teachers <ul><li>Post class assignments, upcoming assignments, project help, calendars and more </li></ul><ul><li>Class suggestion box </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate with parents </li></ul><ul><li>Journal for teacher researcher projects </li></ul><ul><li>Tool for collaboration with colleagues anywhere </li></ul>
  10. 10. Step 1 – Go to http://globalstudent.org.au
  11. 11. Step 2 – Scroll down the page and find the link “register”
  12. 12. Step 3 – Fill in the form using a username you’ve chosen and an email address and press “next”
  13. 13. Step 4– Leave the blog domain as is, and give the blog a title. Choose if you want your blog to be searchable and press “next”
  14. 14. Step 5 – Go to the email address you entered, there should be a confirmation email there from globalstudent
  15. 15. Step 6 – After clicking on the confirmation email, you will receive another email with your username and password
  16. 16. Step 7 – Copy the password, click on the login link to take you to the login page. Enter your username and password
  17. 17. Step 8 – You are now at your blog’s dashboard. Begin blogging!
  18. 18. Sandpit time http://testmacblog1.globalstudent.org.au
  19. 19. Step 1 – Go to http://testmacblog1.globalstudent.org.au Find the link that says “log in”
  20. 20. Step 2 – Your username is “testmacblog1”. Your password is also “testmacblog1”. You should now see your dashboard.
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