Kyle at the EU Parliament See Kyle Blog:  Using Your School’s Mascot (Or Other Furry Friend) to Introduce Blogging Matthew...
Kyle at the EU Parliament <ul><li>Background, Goals  </li></ul><ul><li>The Technical Stuff:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kyle’s ...
Year-Round Elementary School Students: 675+ Teachers: 40+ Opened  July 1, 2008 Technology Integration
web 2.0 Teachers Students Parents
web 2.0 Teachers Students Parents web2.0 in the classroom
Blog Demonstration Project Year-round schedule Upcoming travel… Creating a sense of school identity students parents teach...
The Students Vote Salamanders Crocodiles Cyclones Chameleons
And the Winner Is…
 
Google - Google Calendar - Google Sites - Docs & Spreadsheets - Web Forms - Videos - Notebook - Picasa Using Google applic...
 
Version 1.0 Blogger
Blogger Admin Interface
 
Pros <ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>Easy </li></ul><ul><li>Fast </li></ul>
Cons -Cumbersome posting/editing -Limited flexibility with look and feel - Ugly URL http://kyles-travels.blogspot.com/
Not ideal for school environment   Links to other blogs through Blogger… (no way to control *which* blogs).  In profile, l...
Can’t edit comments Automatically linked info from profile
 
Wanted for v2: More flexibility (look and feel) More control (commenting) Better admin tools Add-ons (plug-ins) New URL Ea...
Wanted for v2: More flexibility (look and feel) More control (commenting) Better admin tools Add-ons (plug-ins) New URL Ea...
www.movabletype.org
www.wordpress.org
www.wordpress.org  <ul><li>Options:  </li></ul><ul><li>Create free blog on WordPress.com site.  </li></ul><ul><li>Host it ...
www.1and1.com
Total Cost for This Year:   $44.94 Hosting: $2.50/month for first six months, $4.99/month after. Includes 120 GB space, FT...
 
 
Embedded  Slideshows,  Video
 
Static Pages, Highlight Recent Comments
Comments:  Easier to Manage
New Comments – Email Forwarding to Multiple Addresses View from within email message
www.statcounter.com Include Statistics, Log Analysis Tools
Future Plans for WordPress Blog <ul><li>Upgrade to Wordpress 2.7 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tiered commenting </li></ul></ul><u...
Using the Blog for Instruction
Writing in an Online Environment
Writing in an Online Environment
Geography and Culture
First Grade
Upper Elementary
<ul><li>Students have a sense of ownership of the blog </li></ul><ul><li>Writing (blogging, commenting)  for fun </li></ul...
Teachers have asked to create their  own class blogs Because of the Blog…
Positive Exposure for the School
Issues and Considerations
Writing the posts… Approving comments… Responding to comments… Maintaining the site… Answering emails from parents… Schedu...
 
 
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Looking for ways to introduce blogging at your school? Come hear how a small green stuffed animal brought blogging to an elementary school – its students, parents, teachers, and administrators. We’ll share the story of Kyle the Crocodile, lessons learned, and how to adapt this project for your school.

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    1. 1. Kyle at the EU Parliament See Kyle Blog: Using Your School’s Mascot (Or Other Furry Friend) to Introduce Blogging Matthew Clobridge Sycamore Creek Elementary School Abby Clobridge Flurry Consulting
    2. 2. Kyle at the EU Parliament <ul><li>Background, Goals </li></ul><ul><li>The Technical Stuff: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kyle’s Blog v.1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kyle’s Blog v.2 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How we use the blog at school </li></ul><ul><li>Because of the blog… </li></ul><ul><li>Final thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>Outline
    3. 3. Year-Round Elementary School Students: 675+ Teachers: 40+ Opened July 1, 2008 Technology Integration
    4. 4. web 2.0 Teachers Students Parents
    5. 5. web 2.0 Teachers Students Parents web2.0 in the classroom
    6. 6. Blog Demonstration Project Year-round schedule Upcoming travel… Creating a sense of school identity students parents teachers community teaching by example
    7. 7. The Students Vote Salamanders Crocodiles Cyclones Chameleons
    8. 8. And the Winner Is…
    9. 10. Google - Google Calendar - Google Sites - Docs & Spreadsheets - Web Forms - Videos - Notebook - Picasa Using Google applications when possible.
    10. 12. Version 1.0 Blogger
    11. 13. Blogger Admin Interface
    12. 15. Pros <ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>Easy </li></ul><ul><li>Fast </li></ul>
    13. 16. Cons -Cumbersome posting/editing -Limited flexibility with look and feel - Ugly URL http://kyles-travels.blogspot.com/
    14. 17. Not ideal for school environment Links to other blogs through Blogger… (no way to control *which* blogs). In profile, links to other profiles/blogs. Hyperlink Issues Note: you can edit CSS code to remove links back to Blogger at top of screen. This practice is not encouraged. <ul><li>Minimal room for “extra” content </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges with moderating comments </li></ul>
    15. 18. Can’t edit comments Automatically linked info from profile
    16. 20. Wanted for v2: More flexibility (look and feel) More control (commenting) Better admin tools Add-ons (plug-ins) New URL Easy and cheap
    17. 21. Wanted for v2: More flexibility (look and feel) More control (commenting) Better admin tools Add-ons (plug-ins) New URL Easy and cheap Open Source?
    18. 22. www.movabletype.org
    19. 23. www.wordpress.org
    20. 24. www.wordpress.org <ul><li>Options: </li></ul><ul><li>Create free blog on WordPress.com site. </li></ul><ul><li>Host it yourself – and use a hosting provider’s WP install. </li></ul><ul><li>Host it yourself – with full control. </li></ul>
    21. 25. www.1and1.com
    22. 26. Total Cost for This Year: $44.94 Hosting: $2.50/month for first six months, $4.99/month after. Includes 120 GB space, FTP access, MySQL databases, email mailboxes and forwarding. Software: Free to install. Requires MySQL database (or alternatives). Domain: Free for first year, $6.99 after. Cost
    23. 29. Embedded Slideshows, Video
    24. 31. Static Pages, Highlight Recent Comments
    25. 32. Comments: Easier to Manage
    26. 33. New Comments – Email Forwarding to Multiple Addresses View from within email message
    27. 34. www.statcounter.com Include Statistics, Log Analysis Tools
    28. 35. Future Plans for WordPress Blog <ul><li>Upgrade to Wordpress 2.7 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tiered commenting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better admin tools, interface </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Plugins – Install cForms </li></ul><ul><li>Add Feedburner subscription – subscribe to get email whenever updates </li></ul>
    29. 36. Using the Blog for Instruction
    30. 37. Writing in an Online Environment
    31. 38. Writing in an Online Environment
    32. 39. Geography and Culture
    33. 40. First Grade
    34. 41. Upper Elementary
    35. 42. <ul><li>Students have a sense of ownership of the blog </li></ul><ul><li>Writing (blogging, commenting) for fun </li></ul><ul><li>Students learn PowerPoint </li></ul>Because of the Blog…
    36. 43. Teachers have asked to create their own class blogs Because of the Blog…
    37. 44. Positive Exposure for the School
    38. 45. Issues and Considerations
    39. 46. Writing the posts… Approving comments… Responding to comments… Maintaining the site… Answering emails from parents… Scheduling logistics – who goes where when? With whom? Coordinating with guest handlers…
    40. 49. kylecrocodile.com

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