Wikis, Blogs and Web Publishing
By: Lauren Brodlo
Most Useful Tool
It is hard for me to decide which tool I have found to
be the most useful because I really like all of the new
tools. I like the Wiki space because I think it is a great
tool for parent/teacher communication. I love
having the igoogle as my homepage. I think having
news, sports and weather in one location is great.
Kidblog.org is my new favorite classroom tool. My
students absolutely love using it!
As of now, I feel that my biggest success is my kid blog,
Brodlo’s Bloggers. My students love the blog and
absolutely love seeing their ideas shared with the class.
My biggest challenge was the Wiki page. Although I find it
to be a great place to organize ideas and to use as a
classroom webpage, I was often very frustrated with the
editing. I spent a lot of time moving items so that they
were centered. After I would save it, it wouldn’t be
centered any more….very frustrating!
Successes and Challenges
I have always been someone who enjoys online
learning. I think that allows people the opportunity
to really learn things on their own with the guidance
of an instructor. Had I been in a class each week, I
would have depended more on the instructor to
explain things, instead of really learning how to do
some things on my own.
Moodle and Online learning
My wikispace was designed as a way to give parents of my
third grade students information about our classroom.
I have included the following pages:
Home- link to my e-mail
All About Me- background information about me
Reading, Math and Writing- gives parents the curriculum
that I am teaching as well as resources that they can use to
help their child at home.
(one of my tabs from my igoogle page)
The igoogle is one of my favorite tools. I had no
idea that something like this existed. I enjoy
having the various tabs and all of the information
on each tab. I love that I can put whatever I
want onto my homepage.
KidBlog.org has been my favorite tool to use in my
classroom. My students absolutely love going onto
the blog and posting their comments. I think that
they feel a true sense of ownership in their work
because they can share their thoughts and ideas with
Animoto is another one of my favorite tools to use for
my classroom and for my personal use. It is such an
easy tool to use to make a slideshow/video of your
pictures. My students truly enjoyed seeing themselves
on the slideshow and it didn’t take too much time to