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AGENDA Why Kids’Blog? What else did I use? How I used it. Some of our topics. Sample of Kidsblog dashboard. Sample Discussion question. Student Assignment Why Students Like it? Why Students don’t like it? Lesson’s learned this year. Q & A
Why Kidsblog Kidsblog is a complete Software as a Service(SaaS)blogging tool. Completely private! Only those who are setup to joinmay join. Postings must be reviewed by instructor beforeposting to community – helps to avoid problems Easy to use, easy to setup and great technical support ifneeded. Best of all ABSOLUTLY FREE!
What else I used Video clips from Digital Catechesis Microsoft Skydrive Email
How I used it Videos were downloaded from Digital Catechesis andcopied on to Skydrive. A link to the Skydive file would be sent to the studentsthe Sunday night before class with instructions of howto get to the blog. I would put questions in to our weekly blog page andthe students would start the discussions from there.Type the following link into your browser to view my video collection.https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=1AE7EE4AE5451C09!246&authkey=!ANpdJpMjDbmsqtU
Some of our topicsTopics were Teen-Centric. Right to Life and Capital Punishment Why do you want to make your Confirmation? How do you go to Confession? Respect for Women Dating
Sample Question from the Blog The Sacrament of Reconciliation AKA – Confession As the season of Advent draws near we are going to take a look at what it takes to get ready for Christmas. No it’s notjust decorating the tree or house and going to Christmas parties. It’s not shopping, although it’s where most of us willspend our time. It’s about getting ready for the Christ child. It’s about getting ready to build of the Kingdom of God here on earth. Jesusdidn’t come so we have a reason to spend money. Perhaps Charles Dickens caught it best in A Christmas Carol whenMr. Scrooge has this exchange with his nephew “What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, butnot an hour richer; a time for balancing your books and having every item in ‘em through a round dozen of monthspresented dead against you” Now it’s time to think about getting ready. Please watch the video’s and we will discuss this and more in class thisweekend.
Next Step is for students to writetheir replies in the blog Students write their replies and may include photo’s,other supporting documents, or music. Student replies are not included here to respecttheir privacy.
Why Students Like it It gives them a chance to chat and discuss issues thatare important to them. It’s an easy way to do Religious Education homework It’s fun to have a secret place to write – user credentialsmake them feel it’s their private place
Why student don’t like it It’s another screen and topic to manage After going to school it means they open this blog and theirIM, and their SKYPE and their photos and they get lost. I know when they are not doing theirhomework!!!!
Lesson’s Learned this year Not using a textbook, parent’s can’t follow along. Students don’t want their parents to have access totheir credentials. I need to have patience with my class. The fact thatthis is a virtual community they write when they areready. Not when I ask for an assignment.Lesson’s have to be carefully thought out. Topics maychange based on responses to the blog.