A classroom blog AND a classroom wiki? Show me!_beal

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A classroom blog AND a classroom wiki? Show me!_beal

  1. 1. A CLASSROOM BLOG AND A CLASSROOM WIKI? SHOW ME Presenter: Fiona Beal fionabeal@gmail.com
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. Back Channel Reflectionhttp://todaysmeet.com/Fiona-Blogs-Wikis Introduce yourselves and add thoughts and ideas to share with us…
  5. 5. BLOGS
  6. 6. 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)
  7. 7. Blogging platformsEdublogs: (http://www.edublogs.org)Blogger: (http://www.blogger.com)Wordpress blogs: http://www.wordpress.comPosterous blogs: https://posterous.com/and many more…..
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. Types of widgets• Badges• Vokis• Visitors maps• Counters• Live traffic feeds• Contact links• Twitter widgets• Other maps• Google translate• Blogroll• Calendar• Tagcloud
  13. 13. 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/
  14. 14. http://2kmand2kj.global2.vic.edu.au/Kathleen McGleady, a Grade 2 teacher in Australia, always hasvery interesting posts.
  15. 15. http://millwardb.edublogs.org/Mr Millward is an English Middle School teacher in Canada. He has alwayshad a very interesting blog.
  16. 16. 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.
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. 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!
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. 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’.
  21. 21. http://jmundorf.edublogs.org/Mr Mundorf has a Grade 5 class in Florida USA. Interesting posts, I enjoyedreading about the ‘Wonder’ project.
  22. 22. http://yearsixale.blogspot.com/Miss Ale in Argentina has always had an inspiring Grade 6 blog with inspiringposts.
  23. 23. Edublogs’ classroomblogs directory http://theedublogger.com/check-out-these-class-blogs/
  24. 24. USING BLOGS FOR DOING PROJECTS
  25. 25. 1. My ‘Bonding throughblogging’ project 2009
  26. 26. Meet Grade 4/5B
  27. 27. Making friends, interviewing and writing up information
  28. 28. Checking the information and uploading to blogs
  29. 29. Teaching the senior citizens to blog
  30. 30. 2. Classroom blogs project at my school
  31. 31. http://graderfishhoekprimary.blogspot.com
  32. 32. http://grade1fishhoekprimary.blogspot.com
  33. 33. http://grade2fishhoekprimary.blogspot.com
  34. 34. http://grade3fishhoekprimary.blogspot.com
  35. 35. 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
  36. 36. 3. Using a blog to write a book http://5bwrites.blogspot.com/2009_12_01_archive.html
  37. 37. 4. Creative writingprojects
  38. 38. 5. Posterous blogs Posterous blogs are great because you can email blog posts with photos and it will create a post with your email.
  39. 39. 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
  40. 40. OTHER USEFULTHINGS YOU CAN DO ON A BLOG
  41. 41. Embed e-books
  42. 42. Embed videoshttp://musicfishhoekprimary.blogspot.com/2011/06/choir-sings-in-assembly.html
  43. 43. Blogs hold everything together
  44. 44. TECHNOLOGY RESOURCE BLOGS
  45. 45. 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/
  46. 46. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/
  47. 47. http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org
  48. 48. http://askatechteacher.wordpress.com/
  49. 49. Keeping all your blog addresses together with Google Reader
  50. 50. WIKIS
  51. 51. What is a wiki?• A wiki is an easy to use webpage with an edit button• No need to learn html• Invite people to join and they can edit as well
  52. 52. Wiki Platforms• http://www.wikispaces.com• https://my.pbworks.com/• http://sites.google.com
  53. 53. Bronwyn Desjardins from Grayston Prep http://graystonprep-grade6-english.wikispaces.com/
  54. 54. Weekly planner
  55. 55. Twitter attached to the site
  56. 56. http://graystonprep-grade6-ns.wikispaces.com/
  57. 57. http://graystonprep-grade6-english.wikispaces.com/The+Write+Stuff
  58. 58. Brenda Hallowes in PE http://movingplanets.wikispaces.com/
  59. 59. http://sites.google.com/site/missalesclass/
  60. 60. Mr Humble’s classroom wiki (England) http://humbleclass.wikispaces.com
  61. 61. http://smithclass.wikispaces.com/
  62. 62. PROJECTS USING WIKIS
  63. 63. http://writingpals.wikispaces.com/
  64. 64. http://globalnewspaper.wikispaces.com/
  65. 65. http://2010olympics.wikispaces.com/
  66. 66. Voices of the World wiki http://votw.wikispaces.com/
  67. 67. http://paying-it-forward-project.wikispaces.com/
  68. 68. A Wikispaces projecthttp://futuresavers.wikispaces.com/
  69. 69. Karen Stadler’s youblisher project http://elk-grade6-stories.wikispaces.com
  70. 70. RESOURCE WIKIS
  71. 71. http://web20guru.wikispaces.com/Tools+By+Subject
  72. 72. WSD’s etoolboxhttp://etoolbox.wikispaces.com/
  73. 73. Examples of educational wikishttp://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/Examples+of+educational+wikis
  74. 74. http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/Writing+Tools
  75. 75. http://cogdogroo.wikispaces.com/50+Ways
  76. 76. Where can I find out about building and using wikisHelp section
  77. 77. 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!
  78. 78. http://www.smartteaching.org/blog/2008/08/50-ways-to-use-wikis-for-a- more-collaborative-and-interactive-classroom/
  79. 79. Ways of using a wiki in a classroom https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dhn2vcv5_164hj4tw6gf
  80. 80. Examples of educational wikishttp://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/Examples+of+educational+wikis
  81. 81. A wiki of networking sites http://www.educationalnetworking.com/List+of+Networks
  82. 82. CV on a wikihttp://mashable.com/2011/05/28/online-resume/ A post about the move towards creating online CVs
  83. 83. Individual wikis – Google sites for CV http://sites.google.com/site/johannescronje/
  84. 84. NOW FOR THEHANDS-ON…
  85. 85. HandoutsHandouts• How to create a blog using Edublogs• How to create a blog using Blogger.comShared folder documents• 11 techy things to do in the new year
  86. 86. Back Channel Reflectionhttp://todaysmeet.com/Fiona-Blogs-WikisAdd your closingthoughts andperspectiveshere…

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