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A presentation on how using a blog for elearning can enhance student learning and bring a real world emphasis to the classroom. Covers teaching philosophy, planning and resources...

A presentation on how using a blog for elearning can enhance student learning and bring a real world emphasis to the classroom. Covers teaching philosophy, planning and resources...

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    • Dad Has Gone Away… How you can make a blog part of your classroom life, and part of life outside your classroom By Vashti Tymkin Integrating new technologies to empower learning and transform leadership
    • Today we will cover…
      • Introduction
      • Getting started
      • Planning for a blog
      • Steps to increasing child ownership
      • Resources
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    • Introduction learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
    • Who Am I?
      • Began teaching in 2008
      • Westmere School – Auckland
      • Teacher of Year 3 children
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    • Who Are My Students?
      • 28 students, Seven to eight old boys and girls
      • Mix of Pacifica, Maori, Indian, Chinese, Pakeha ethnicities
      • Reading range from yellow to reading at 10 years
      • Stage 2 maths through to Stage 5
      • Most were writing at Level 1
      • Four have no computers at home
      • Others have limited access, sharing with siblings or in after school care
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    • Welcome to Learning Stuff… learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
    • Why do it?
      • Home to school link
      • Genuine audience for writing, therefore improving punctuation, structure, logic
      • Meaningful interactions through writing
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    • Why do it?
      • Teaches children about using the internet and communicating effectively- including limitations of text
      • Option to direct learning on the web by linking to appropriate sites- maths, reading, social studies, science, music
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    • Getting Started learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
    • To Begin With…
      • Free websites
      • Easy editing
      • Blog yourself
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    • Starting a class blog…
      • Choose a name
      • Ability to invite other authors
      • Ease of access
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    • Starting a class blog…
      • Pages- do not change often. Useful for:
        • About Us
        • Homework policies
        • Links and information about maths, reading, writing
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    • Starting a class blog…
      • Posts
        • For new information or regular updates
        • Have a post date
        • Can be displayed old to new, new to old
        • Can be one post per page, or many
        • Can be tagged or categorised
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    • Starting a class blog…
      • Teacher writes the content
      • Decide what information you want to provide
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    • Starting with content…
      • What kids like:
        • Jokes
        • Games
        • Their own work on the blog
      • What parents like:
        • Homework
        • What they are learning
        • Notices
        • Their child’s work on the blog
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    • Planning learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
    • Making time for blogs…
      • Introducing the blog and ending the day with it
      • Making the blog the lesson
      • Make it part of your tumble, one subject at a time
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    • Introducing
      • Start the day with the blog after the roll
      • Read the post
      • Read comments
      • Comment in front of your class with their input
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    • And at the end of the day…
      • Use YouTube and find songs to sing that you can post on it
      • Check up on what they might have done in reading or maths
      • Make a post about what they’ve learned
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    • The Blog Is The Lesson
      • Use afternoon sessions to teach children how to use the blog
      • It IS a useful tool with a skill set, so like any subject, it has to be taught
      • Other students can be completing work while you work with a group who become your experts
      • Get a parent help in to learn at the same time
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    • And The Lessons Are…
      • How to use computers- mouse, track pad, keyboard, rules of use (driver/navigator)
      • How to find the blog (and the browser on the desktop)
      • How to find a game and play it
      • How to comment
      • How to post
      • Using advanced features on a post
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    • PS: Safety first
      • www.hectorsworld.com
      • Never use internet unless supervised
      • Keeping ourselves safe- it you’re not comfortable, walk away and get help
      • Only use first names or a handle
      • Keep photos and videos anonymous or protected
      • Moderate comments
      • Hide it from search engines
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    • Integrating blogs into tumbles…
      • How many computers do you have?
      • How many students in a group?
      • Roster individuals or pairs onto the computer
      • Start with one subject
      • Use pages for each subject to focus learning
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    • Maths
      • One group per maths lesson
      • Half of group uses computer
      • Other half practice flash card basic facts or laminated sheets
      • www.Tutpup.com
        • Check levels, operations
      • www.nzmaths.co.nz
        • learning objects and basic facts
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    • Maths learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
    • Reading
      • One group per reading lesson when not with teacher
      • Half of group uses computer, then switches to offline activity
      • Week long offline activity such as diorama or character web
      • Reading and commenting on posts
      • www.meegenius.com
      • www.fun4thebrain.com/english
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    • Reading learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
    • Writing
      • Roster students on for lesson when they have had a conference with you
      • They publish post, or get parent to type it for them
      • www.spellingcity.com
      • http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/storystarters/storystarter1.htm
        • Story starters, very motivational
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    • A Child Centred Blog learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
    • Kids in Charge!
      • Appoint a blog monitor
      • Kids have a username and password- teach it, preach it, use it! Stick in books, send notice home
      • Use your blog for news- very effective way of increasing participation
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    • Kids in Charge!
      • Set up a help centre
      • Tell them they are experts
      • Most capable kids first
      • Buddy with kids who struggle
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    • Kids at home…
      • Include it in your reports as a recommended way to help improve writing, basic facts, reading skills.
      • Train the parent and the kid together
      • Help them find tutorials with your chosen blog platform
      • Use JING to create tutorials and email them home
        • http:// www.techsmith.com/jing /
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    • Resources learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
    • Resources
      • dakinane.com /blog/ : David Kinanes blog with resources
      • learningstuff.wordpress.com : My site
      • http://digistore.tki.org.nz/ec/p/home : Free learning objects
      • www.blogger.com : Set up your blog here
      • www.wordpress.com : Another free blog service
      • www.tutpup.com : Free basic facts and spelling practice
      • www.spellingcity.com : Free spelling practice and games
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