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Hello, World! Blogging and Podcasting in the Classroom

  1. 1. Hello, World! Blogging and Podcasting in the K-8 Classroom Blogging and Podcasting in the K-8 Classroom Blogging and Podcasting in the K-8 Classroom
  2. 2. Barbara L. Cohen Marin Country Day School Marin Country Day School Marin Country Day School
  3. 3. [email_address] http://barblcohen.edublogs.org http://www.mcds.org
  4. 4. My Goals: <ul><li>Define </li></ul><ul><li>Justify </li></ul><ul><li>Provide Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Provide Inspiration </li></ul><ul><li>Throw the Challenge Back to You </li></ul>
  5. 5. Blogs
  6. 6. What is a Blog? <ul><li>A blog is a user-generated website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order . </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs often provide commentary or news on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries . A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of most early blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual although some focus on photographs ( photoblog ), sketchblog , videos ( vlog ), or audio ( podcasting ), and are part of a wider network of social media . </li></ul><ul><li>The term &quot;blog&quot; is a portmanteau , or, in other words, a blend of the words web and log (Web log). &quot;Blog&quot; can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. </li></ul><ul><li>~Wikipedia </li></ul>
  7. 7. Blog Trivia <ul><li>As of March, 2005, a new blog was established every 2.2 seconds </li></ul><ul><li>In that same year, bloggers were posting approximately 5.8 new articles every second </li></ul><ul><li>In early 2006, Technorati.com listed almost 25 million blogs. Now there are 55 million. </li></ul><ul><li>By the end of 2006, Technorati was adding over 70,000 new blogs and a million Weblog posts each day . </li></ul><ul><li>Merriam-Webster Dictionary chose Weblog as its 2004 “Word of the Year” </li></ul><ul><li>ABC News deemed bloggers as their 2004 “People of the Year.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Websites vs. Blogs <ul><li>Static Dynamic </li></ul><ul><li>Read Only Leave a Comment </li></ul><ul><li>Linear Hyperlinked </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmark Subscribe </li></ul><ul><li>Example: Teaching Generation Z </li></ul>
  9. 9. Why Should You Blog? <ul><li>To reflect on your practice </li></ul><ul><li>To create an interactive portfolio of your work and writing </li></ul><ul><li>To connect with a community of like-minded people </li></ul><ul><li>To connect with experts in your field </li></ul><ul><li>To reach individuals with critical information </li></ul><ul><li>To express opinions </li></ul><ul><li>To provide an outlet for personal frustrations </li></ul><ul><li>Barbara’s blog: http://barblcohen.edublogs.org </li></ul>
  10. 10. Where to Get a Personal Blog Personal Blog <ul><li>Weblogs Compendium ( feedbus.com/weblogs/hosting.html ) </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger ( www.blogger.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress ( www.wordpress.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>Manila ( www.manilasites.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>Typepad ( www.typepad.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>Blogware ( home.blogware.com ) </li></ul>
  11. 11. A Few Blogs I Read <ul><li>2¢ Worth </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation Zen </li></ul><ul><li>3191 </li></ul><ul><li>Abby’s Pregnancy Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Joey’s CaringBridge Journal </li></ul><ul><li>The Edublog Awards </li></ul>
  12. 12. Blogs in the Classroom
  13. 13. Why Should Students Blog? <ul><li>To publish their work </li></ul><ul><li>To write for an authentic audience </li></ul><ul><li>To practice writing skills with feedback </li></ul><ul><li>To build a portfolio of their work </li></ul><ul><li>To link their online reading to their online writing </li></ul><ul><li>To have an easy way to connect writing with images, audio and video </li></ul><ul><li>To have a different avenue for connecting with teachers, other students and parents about their work </li></ul>
  14. 14. Classroom Blog Examples <ul><li>Purpose #1: To Publish Student Writing </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>V Posse (3rd Graders) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hope Blog (rural Shropshire, UK) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jamestown Elementary (5th Graders) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Room 12 (3rd Graders, Seattle WA) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Classroom Blog Examples <ul><li>Purpose #2: Classroom Diary </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sandaig Otters (Glasgow, Scotland) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mrs. Cassidy’s Classroom Blog (Grades 1 & 2) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Year 2 Voyagers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Room 9 Nelson Central </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Classroom Blog Examples <ul><li>Purpose #3: To Connect with Other Students </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Notreblog </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Blogs: MCDS Examples <ul><li>2nd Willow Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>2nd Buckeye Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Duck Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Trout Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Makers Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Construction Blog </li></ul>
  18. 18. Where to Get an Educational Blog <ul><li>Edublogs ( http://www.edublogs.org ) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learnerblogs ( http://www.learnerblogs.org ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Edublogs Premium ( http://edublogs.org/services/ ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogmeister ( classblogmeister.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>Alan November Communities </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>( nlcommunities.com/default.aspx ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Kidzlog ( http://www.haranbanjo.com:16080/kidzblog/ ) </li></ul><ul><li>21Publish ( www.21publish.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>TeacherHosting ( www.teacherhosting.com ) </li></ul>
  19. 19. Podcasts
  20. 20. What is a Podcast? <ul><li>A podcast is a media file that is distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds, for playback on portable media players and personal computers. Like 'radio', it can mean both the content and the method of syndication. The latter may also be termed podcasting. The host or author of a podcast is often called a podcaster. </li></ul><ul><li>The term &quot;podcast&quot; is a portmanteau of the name of Apple's portable music player, the iPod, and broadcast; a pod refers to a container of some sort and the idea of broadcasting to a container or pod correctly describes the process of podcasting. </li></ul><ul><li>Though podcasters' web sites may also offer direct download or streaming of their content, a podcast is distinguished from other digital audio formats by its ability to be downloaded automatically, using software capable of reading feed formats such as RSS or Atom. </li></ul><ul><li>~Wikipedia </li></ul>
  21. 21. Subscribing to a Podcast
  22. 22. Subscribing to a Podcast
  23. 23. Subscribing to a Podcast
  24. 24. Subscribing to a Podcast
  25. 25. Podcasts in the Classroom
  26. 26. Podcasts: Other Schools <ul><li>Room 208 (Wells, ME) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://bobsprankle.com/podcasts/RM208050605.mp3 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Radio WillowWeb (Omaha, NE) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Colonial Times Podcast </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Awesome & Amazing Ants </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sensational States of the Southeast </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Jamestown Elementary (Arlington, VA) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Winter Math Word Problems </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Phases of the Moon </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Colonial Music Compositions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Athens & Sparta </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>ColeyCast (Murrieta, CA) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Human Body Systems </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Allanah’s Appleby Showcase (New Zealand) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jessica Ahlberg Comes for a Visit </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Our Grandpa </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pet Show Day </li></ul></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Podcasts: MCDS Examples <ul><li>Kindergarten Letter of the Week Songs </li></ul><ul><li>1st Grade Audiobooks </li></ul><ul><li>3rd Grade African Folktales </li></ul><ul><li>4th Grade Mission iMovies </li></ul><ul><li>5th Grade Biographies </li></ul>
  28. 28. What You’ll Need to Record a Podcast <ul><li>Griffin </li></ul>
  29. 29. What You’ll Need to Record a Podcast <ul><li>iRiver </li></ul>
  30. 30. What You’ll Need to Record a Podcast <ul><li>Blue Microphones Snowball USB Mic </li></ul>
  31. 31. What You’ll Need to Record a Podcast <ul><li>Logitech USB Headset </li></ul>
  32. 32. Software to Create your Podcast <ul><li>GarageBand (Mac) </li></ul><ul><li>Audacity (Mac & Windows) </li></ul>
  33. 33. Places to Publish Your Podcast <ul><li>Directly on to your blog </li></ul><ul><li>Through iTunes ( http://www.apple.com/itunes ) </li></ul><ul><li>Archive.org ( http://www.archive.org ) </li></ul><ul><li>Our Media ( http://www.ourmedia.org ) </li></ul><ul><li>Liberated Syndication ( http://www.libsyn.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>podOmatic ( http://www.podomatic.com /) </li></ul><ul><li>To your .mac account </li></ul>
  34. 34. Wikis
  35. 35. What is a Wiki? <ul><li>A wiki (IPA: [ˈwɪ.kiː] or [ˈwiː.kiː][1]) is a website that allows visitors to add, remove, edit and change content, typically without the need for registration. It also allows for linking among any number of pages. This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for mass collaborative authoring. The term wiki also can refer to the collaborative software itself (wiki engine) that facilitates the operation of such a site, or to certain specific wiki sites, including the computer science site (the original wiki) WikiWikiWeb and online encyclopedias such as Wikipedia. </li></ul><ul><li>~ Wikipedia </li></ul>
  36. 36. Where Can I Get a Wiki? <ul><li>http://www.wikispaces.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://pbwiki.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.curriki.org/ </li></ul>
  37. 37. <ul><li>Purpose: To Connect with Others </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Flat Classroom Project (Bangladesh & Georgia) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom Google Earth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bud the Teacher’s Wiki </li></ul></ul></ul>
  38. 38. [email_address] http://barblcohen.edublogs.org http://www.mcds.org