A journey with blogging


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Workshop for Twin Coast Cluster Conference. Deals with the purpose of blogging in a classroom and gives examples from a junior class (5 to 7 year old children) . Examples include voice thread, photopeach, Kid Pix, animoto.

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A journey with blogging

  1. 1. A Journey With Blogging
  2. 2. In this workshop I intend to... discuss the purpose of blogging and digital learning outline the progress I have made as a blogger with my junior class show how ICT could be embedded into a programme list tools and resources that I use regularly that you may like to explore in your own time
  3. 3. This workshop is not... a step by step guide to blogging How to set up a blog, step by step instructions by Rachel Boyd “Create your own classroom blog” download as PDF http://rachelboyd.wikispaces.com/bloggingnotes
  4. 4. The parrot of purpose metaphor A powerful metaphor of Andy Hargreaves (1997), is found in the ‘Parrot of Purpose’ sitting on our shoulders questioning our actions. Sherry Crisp, National Facilitator ICT PD in 2008
  5. 5. Wallwisher Online sticky notes
  6. 6. Digital Learning An optimum combination of: Real time real life learning experiences that employ quality digital tools Participation in gaming / virtual learning environments Collaboration in social networking / Collective Intelligence sites (Tony Ryan, Digital Pedagogies, Learning@School, Feb 09)
  7. 7. IT is not ‘added’ to learning. It must be deeply embedded in learning. (Tony Ryan, Digital Pedagogies, Learning@School, Feb 09)
  8. 8. If you employ digital learning processes, they must advance student learning. Otherwise, why bother? (Tony Ryan, Digital Pedagogies, Learning@School, Feb 09)
  9. 9. So what is the purpose of the blog in my class? Developing explicit understanding of what makes a good learner Awareness of learning goals Reflective learners Feedback and collaboration - between teacher and child, child and child, parents and child, wider audience - other learners, other teachers
  10. 10. Pedagogy elements within the Key Competencies?? Thinking. Higher order thinking, deep knowledge, deep understanding Using language, symbols and texts. Narrative, digital / visual literacies Managing Self. Student direction; self-regulation Relating to others. Inclusivity; substantive communication; group identity; social support Participating and contributing. Active citizenship; problem-based curriculum. (Tony Ryan, Digital Pedagogies, Learning@School, Feb 09)
  11. 11. Essential Questions for the Key Competencies Thinking: Is there evidence of intellectual depth in every learning experience? Using language, symbols and texts: Are students making meaning and application of quality language, symbols and texts? Managing Self: Is student attitude and behaviour self-regulatory? Relating to others: Is the learning characterised by an atmosphere of mutual respect and support amongst everyone present? Participating and contributing: Is there a focus on identifying and solving real-world problems? (Tony Ryan, Digital Pedagogies, Learning@School, Feb 09)
  12. 12. Blogging Specifics - my first steps http://room2kaiparaflats.blogspot.com
  13. 13. Picture and text - describing current learning digital camera, photo taken with class, by teacher or child - teach simple safety rules, point and click, learn new skills as need arises, explore composition, but most importantly just use the tool upload with the class, model the process, talk them through it, allow children to take part draft sentences with class email parents to let them know about new posts
  14. 14. Photos and Cyber Safety Keep to photos of work or learning objects rather than children as much as possible If posting pictures of children, show groups rather than individuals Need permission from parents to show photos of children - school policy and procedures (see http://www.netsafe.org.nz/keeping_safe.php? sectionID=education&titleID=Policies%20and%20Use %20Agreements&pageID=81&menuID=81) or see Rachel Boyd’s wiki FIRST NAMES ONLY
  15. 15. Revisiting learning Real time, real life learning experience over time (May & November) Learning object, digitised through camera Created with the class
  16. 16. Wordle A simple presentation idea for brainstorms and lists
  17. 17. Voice Thread a versatile digital storytelling tool developing oral language and oral reading revisiting ideas giving feedback catering for special needs
  18. 18. Voice Thread examples http://voicethread.com/share/694860/ http://voicethread.com/share/1227602/ http://voicethread.com/#q.b1083558 http://room2kaiparaflats.blogspot.com/2009/11/properties-of-plastic- and-glass.html
  19. 19. Kid Pix avoiding google images, respecting copyright and modeling good practice publishing writing - export jpeg slide shows save as a template http://room2kaiparaflats.blogspot.com/2010/04/term-2-begins.html
  20. 20. Writer’s Blog A reason to write An audience Reflecting on learning Learning to comment constructively Awareness of writing goals http://kaipara2writers.blogspot.com/2010/06/frost.html
  21. 21. Maths and Kid Pix open ended tool with many uses not a pre-packaged learning experience, as worksheets and even computer based games and website activities often are http://room2kaiparaflats.blogspot.com/2010/05/maths-and-kid-pix.html
  22. 22. The Side Bar Add the relevant websites you find to the sidebar Change them often http://room2kaiparaflats.blogspot.com
  23. 23. Collaboration Date and Weather chart - from the side bar Talking Buddies
  24. 24. Photopeach & Animoto displaying art work a record of special events
  25. 25. Digital Camera Quick publishing - from the whiteboard, the floor, children’s books, children’s pictures, chalk on the playground
  26. 26. Kidspiration Use it, model it, model learning how to use it with your class
  27. 27. Student Voice I asked the children to tell me what they like about our blog...
  28. 28. Twitter: Overcoming Geography Why I have a twitter account PLN & PLE
  29. 29. A few people to follow (to get you started) tinado (That’s me) Nunavut_Teacher dragonsinger57 (Jo Fothergill) timbuckteeth (Steve Wheeler) sumich (Luke Sumich - keynote speaker at suzievesper cluster conference 2009) sharpjacqui dorothyjburt (Point England) tombarrett TweetSmarter (handy hints for using twitter) twincoastcluster (just started - updates for our schools) teachernz (Michael Fawcett) camlockie ahrenfelt (Johannes Ahrenfelt) Great lindayollis professional development blog Eat.Sleep.Teach. TeachAKid
  30. 30. ...and a few more Keamac I started by making twitter my home page so that whenever I mimioguy (for mimio resources) opened the browser, I could MrsBee12 (Clare Buist) take a quick look, (a bit like checking the fridge). lagatabonita (Susan Lindsay) Now I use Seesmic, an fionagrant application that can be This is not a comprehensive list, and is downloaded from the internet. not in any particular order, but could be a good start.
  31. 31. Next challenges for me e-portfolios - building the habits of reflection into the learning process and documenting it google docs developing a PLN that includes local teachers & building on the developments made possible by the Twin Coast Cluster ICT PD
  32. 32. A Learning Progression L1. Low competence, High commitment (The Enthusiast) L2. Low / Some competence, Low commitment (The Disillusioned Learner) L3. Moderate competence, Variable commitment (The Capable but Cautious) L4. High competence, High commitment (High Achiever) Self Leadership And The One Minute Manager (Ken Blanchard)
  33. 33. Ideas into practice (Tony Ryan, Digital Pedagogies, Learning@School, Feb 09) A. Clarify the 3 ideas / concepts / strategies that most resonated with you so far today B. Choose one, and use this process: 1. What do you need to achieve? 2. What’s happening right now? 3. What could you put into action? 4. What will you put into action? 5. What will be the process for implementation? 6. How will you keep this going?? Adapted from ‘The Leadership Coaching Guide’