A classroom blog AND a classroom wiki? Show me!_beal
A CLASSROOM BLOG AND A CLASSROOM WIKI? SHOW ME Presenter: Fiona Beal firstname.lastname@example.org
Introducing myself• Web 2.0 ‘fanatic’ and passionate about integrating the curiculum with technology• Have taught Grades 1 - 7 and am now the computer teacher at Fishhoek Primary School.• Life was revolutionised in 2009 by blogging and discovering a whole educational community ‘out there’.• Winner of Innovative Teacher 2009 in SA. Winning place in Pan African Finals in Mauritius and participated in World Finals in Brazil.• Textbook writer
Today’s OutcomesBLOGS• Introduction to classroom blogs• Blogging platforms• Widgets and gadgets• Inspiring classroom blogs• Blogging projects• Instructional blogs• Keeping it all togetherWIKIS• Classroom wikis• Resource wikisHANDS ON SECTION
Back Channel Reflectionhttp://todaysmeet.com/Fiona-Blogs-Wikis Introduce yourselves and add thoughts and ideas to share with us…
What is a blog?A blog is a “personal or corporate websitethat allows users to reflect, share opinions,and discuss various topics in the form of anonline journal, while readers may commenton posts. Entries typically appear in reversechronological order.”(http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/blog)
What is a classroomblog?This is a two way connection between aschool-based environment and the world.It allows the world to peek into the schoolenvironment and see what is happening –and the class to venture into the world andlearn from other classrooms.There is sharing of thoughts, ideas, events andresources.
Why have a classroomblog?• The blogging movement is currently huge in schools around the world• We are living in the digital age• It enables a record of events• One can change your blog into a book’• Great collaboration tool• It’s very easy to start and maintain• It’s usually free
What can you put on aclassroom blog?• Share news about school• Share educational games• Get involved in projects• Share resources and discoveries• Upload photos and videos• Write in many different formats• Connect with other classrooms
Putting widgets on a blog• Widgets are the little side items one puts on a blog to make it more interesting.• Take a look at widgets my classroom blog http://fionabeal.edublogs.org
Types of widgets• Badges• Vokis• Visitors maps• Counters• Live traffic feeds• Contact links• Twitter widgets• Other maps• Google translate• Blogroll• Calendar• Tagcloud
Inspiring classroom blogsIt is wonderful to peek into a teacher’s classroom via theirclassroom blogs.Examples:Grade 1: http://mrspatterson.edublogs.org/Grade 2: http://2kmand2kj.global2.vic.edu.au/Grade 3: http://yollisclassblog.blogspot.com/Grade 4: http://www.classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=152060Grade 5: http://trefz.blogspot.com/Grade 6: http://partlowpowerhouse.edublogs.org/Grade 7: http://millwardb.edublogs.org/Middle School: http://tefltecher.wordpress.com/
http://2kmand2kj.global2.vic.edu.au/Kathleen McGleady, a Grade 2 teacher in Australia, always hasvery interesting posts.
http://millwardb.edublogs.org/Mr Millward is an English Middle School teacher in Canada. He has alwayshad a very interesting blog.
http://ourgradefiveclass.blogspot.comClaire Tyler-Smith from Cape Town uses a lovely background. She also puts herclass’s term programme down the side bar and takes you on a tour of herclassroom. Very interesting posts, lots of photos, and lovely blogs for herstudents as well.
http://trefz.blogspot.com/Mrs Trefz 5th grade blog (USA) uses interesting slideshows and glogsters.She shows a safe search engine for students called Sweetsearch.com
http://year5rc.edublogs.org/Mrs Miller’s 5th grade blog (Australia) has very interesting posts about what theylearn in class. She shows their novel study on a widget called Shelfari andmakes very interesting use of fotobabbel.com where you can talk about a photo!
http://rosenglish.blogspot.com/Rosa’s English blog (Spain I think) has some interesting videos. She hasintroduced me to a photo slideshow called Picturetrail.com
http://mistea.edublogs.org/What I like about Miss T’s year 5 and 6 blog in New Zealand is her emphasison reading and books. This is where I discovered ‘book trailers’.
http://jmundorf.edublogs.org/Mr Mundorf has a Grade 5 class in Florida USA. Interesting posts, I enjoyedreading about the ‘Wonder’ project.
http://yearsixale.blogspot.com/Miss Ale in Argentina has always had an inspiring Grade 6 blog with inspiringposts.
Blog addresses atFHPShttp://graderfishhoekprimary.blogspot.comhttp://grade1fishhoekprimary.blogspot.comhttp://grade2fishhoekprimary.blogspot.comhttp://grade3rfishhoekprimary.blogspot.comhttp://grade4fishhoekprimary.blogspot.comhttp://grade5fishhoekprimary.blogspot.comhttp://grade6fishhoekprimary.blogspot.comhttp://grade7fishhoekprimary.blogspot.comhttp://musicfishhoekprimary.blogspot.com
3. Using a blog to write a book http://5bwrites.blogspot.com/2009_12_01_archive.html
5. Posterous blogs Posterous blogs are great because you can email blog posts with photos and it will create a post with your email.
6. Keeping in touch project 2009 Which class: Grade 4-6 computer club How did I hear about it: I created this idea because we had quite a few refugee children join our school and I wanted them to be able to keep in touch with relatives and friends Description: The Grade 4&5 bloggers helped me teach this group to blog Web 2 and other applications: Edublogs Audience: Africa
Useful Technology blogsThere are a number of blogs that supply teacherswith excellent resources and ideas. Here are just afew!• http://www.freetech4teachers.com/• http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/• http://ilearntechnology.com/• http://cffmv.blogspot.com• http://theedublogger.com/• http://janeknight.typepad.com/• http://www.speedofcreativity.org/
Where can I find out about building and using wikisHelp section
Useful tutorial video sitesMany teachers have channels with all their videos on them such as:http://www.youtube.com/user/LearnitN5 . Another interesting group is theCommon Craft videos. On these sites you can learn how to do what you want to do!