Moving From Newsletters to Blogs: Increasing Parent and Student Engagement


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Moving From Newsletters to Blogs: Increasing Parent and Student Engagement

  1. 1. From Newsletters to Blogs Increasing Parent and Student Engagement A conversation for #ECOO12 October 25, 2012 by Erin Paynter
  2. 2. About MeTeacher and VP at Elizabeth Park PS in (ErHead)adriander1326@gmail.comWife, motherChris, Adrienne and Alex
  3. 3. Im a lot of things but... Photo Caption
  4. 4. Lets create the agenda together! What do you want to talk about? What questions do you have? Paper airplane activity Modification: snowballs
  5. 5. Why blog?● reflective of current times● interactive● time and resources (green)● easily accessible for most● backpack black holes● dynamic and flexible
  6. 6. Why do you blog, or why do you want to? Use the hashtags #n2blogs and #ecoo12 to share your thoughts
  7. 7. Out of the mouths of babes...
  8. 8. Determine your purpose● information sharing● spark discussion● digital citizenship● engagement● connect and network● transparency (school, classroom)● audience
  9. 9. Blogging Sites
  10. 10. Blogging Sites that are Teacher Moderated
  11. 11. The Falcons Nest
  12. 12. Glen Cairn Public School
  13. 13. A few of the many teachers who blog with their students...Aviva Dunsiger (@avivaloca)Michelle Horst (@Michelle_Horst)Joelle Ruddick (@joelleruddick)Pernille Ripp (@pernilleripp)Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher)And the list goes on and on... andprobably includes many of you!
  14. 14. Paynter ETFI
  15. 15. Using and citing images
  16. 16. Dos and DontsLets build this together in Google Docs here or go to #n2blogs on Twitter for link
  17. 17. Safety for Students● media release● teacher moderation● search engines - visible?
  18. 18. Safety for Students● Internet safety● digital citizenship● student blogging resources
  19. 19. Increasing Engagement● student engagement ○ teacher feedback vs "out there" ○ global citizen/audience ○ multiple modalities ○ student as lead learner
  20. 20. Increasing Engagement● parent engagement ○ transparency ○ "What did you learn at school today?" ○ interactive ○ parent as co-learner/co-leader ○ parent as client, or parent as partner?
  21. 21. Parent Engagement at EPPS● anecdotal feedback from parents● nature of our conversations have changed● parent council - 6 to 30● attendance at events has increased● added challenge unique to our site - new school
  22. 22. Things Im still working on...● interacting vs transmitting● the techie stuff● teacher engagement
  23. 23. What about you?Lets open the floor:● your successes and challenges● anything you would do differently?● ______________
  24. 24. Make and Take Time● for those that havent started one and would like to explore with the support of others● for those that would like to tweak existing site(s) with the support of others
  25. 25. Many thanks to:Shannon Smith (@shannoninottawa) for inspiring me to submita proposal for #ECOO12.Everyone at #ECOO12 - Brenda Sherry, Peter Skillen, DougPeterson, Andrew Forgrave, Cal Armstrong, and more for thesupport.Joelle Ruddick (@joelleruddick), Cathy Beach (@beachcat11),Lino De Gasperis (@LinoDeGasperis), and Lisa Donohue(@Lisa_Donohue) for the feedback.And last but not least YOU for participating and sharing.