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  1. 1. Dad Has Gone Away… How you can make a blog part of your classroom life, and part of life outside your classroom By Vashti Tymkin Integrating new technologies to empower learning and transform leadership
  2. 2. Today we will cover… <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Getting started </li></ul><ul><li>Planning for a blog </li></ul><ul><li>Steps to increasing child ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  3. 3. Introduction learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  4. 4. Who Am I? <ul><li>Began teaching in 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Westmere School – Auckland </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher of Year 3 children </li></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  5. 5. Who Are My Students? <ul><li>28 students, Seven to eight old boys and girls </li></ul><ul><li>Mix of Pacifica, Maori, Indian, Chinese, Pakeha ethnicities </li></ul><ul><li>Reading range from yellow to reading at 10 years </li></ul><ul><li>Stage 2 maths through to Stage 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Most were writing at Level 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Four have no computers at home </li></ul><ul><li>Others have limited access, sharing with siblings or in after school care </li></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  6. 6. Welcome to Learning Stuff… learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  7. 7. Why do it? <ul><li>Home to school link </li></ul><ul><li>Genuine audience for writing, therefore improving punctuation, structure, logic </li></ul><ul><li>Meaningful interactions through writing </li></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  8. 10. Why do it? <ul><li>Teaches children about using the internet and communicating effectively- including limitations of text </li></ul><ul><li>Option to direct learning on the web by linking to appropriate sites- maths, reading, social studies, science, music </li></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  9. 11. Getting Started learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  10. 12. To Begin With… <ul><li>Free websites </li></ul><ul><li>Easy editing </li></ul><ul><li>Blog yourself </li></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  11. 13. Starting a class blog… <ul><li>Choose a name </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to invite other authors </li></ul><ul><li>Ease of access </li></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  12. 14. Starting a class blog… <ul><li>Pages- do not change often. Useful for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>About Us </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Homework policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links and information about maths, reading, writing </li></ul></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  13. 15. Starting a class blog… <ul><li>Posts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For new information or regular updates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a post date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be displayed old to new, new to old </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be one post per page, or many </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be tagged or categorised </li></ul></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  14. 17. Starting a class blog… <ul><li>Teacher writes the content </li></ul><ul><li>Decide what information you want to provide </li></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  15. 18. Starting with content… <ul><li>What kids like: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jokes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Their own work on the blog </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What parents like: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Homework </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What they are learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Notices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Their child’s work on the blog </li></ul></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  16. 19. Planning learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  17. 20. Making time for blogs… <ul><li>Introducing the blog and ending the day with it </li></ul><ul><li>Making the blog the lesson </li></ul><ul><li>Make it part of your tumble, one subject at a time </li></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  18. 21. Introducing <ul><li>Start the day with the blog after the roll </li></ul><ul><li>Read the post </li></ul><ul><li>Read comments </li></ul><ul><li>Comment in front of your class with their input </li></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  19. 22. And at the end of the day… <ul><li>Use YouTube and find songs to sing that you can post on it </li></ul><ul><li>Check up on what they might have done in reading or maths </li></ul><ul><li>Make a post about what they’ve learned </li></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  20. 23. The Blog Is The Lesson <ul><li>Use afternoon sessions to teach children how to use the blog </li></ul><ul><li>It IS a useful tool with a skill set, so like any subject, it has to be taught </li></ul><ul><li>Other students can be completing work while you work with a group who become your experts </li></ul><ul><li>Get a parent help in to learn at the same time </li></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  21. 24. And The Lessons Are… <ul><li>How to use computers- mouse, track pad, keyboard, rules of use (driver/navigator) </li></ul><ul><li>How to find the blog (and the browser on the desktop) </li></ul><ul><li>How to find a game and play it </li></ul><ul><li>How to comment </li></ul><ul><li>How to post </li></ul><ul><li>Using advanced features on a post </li></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  22. 25. PS: Safety first <ul><li>www.hectorsworld.com </li></ul><ul><li>Never use internet unless supervised </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping ourselves safe- it you’re not comfortable, walk away and get help </li></ul><ul><li>Only use first names or a handle </li></ul><ul><li>Keep photos and videos anonymous or protected </li></ul><ul><li>Moderate comments </li></ul><ul><li>Hide it from search engines </li></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  23. 26. Integrating blogs into tumbles… <ul><li>How many computers do you have? </li></ul><ul><li>How many students in a group? </li></ul><ul><li>Roster individuals or pairs onto the computer </li></ul><ul><li>Start with one subject </li></ul><ul><li>Use pages for each subject to focus learning </li></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  24. 27. Maths <ul><li>One group per maths lesson </li></ul><ul><li>Half of group uses computer </li></ul><ul><li>Other half practice flash card basic facts or laminated sheets </li></ul><ul><li>www.Tutpup.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check levels, operations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.nzmaths.co.nz </li></ul><ul><ul><li>learning objects and basic facts </li></ul></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  25. 28. Maths learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  26. 29. Reading <ul><li>One group per reading lesson when not with teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Half of group uses computer, then switches to offline activity </li></ul><ul><li>Week long offline activity such as diorama or character web </li></ul><ul><li>Reading and commenting on posts </li></ul><ul><li>www.meegenius.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.fun4thebrain.com/english </li></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  27. 30. Reading learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  28. 31. Writing <ul><li>Roster students on for lesson when they have had a conference with you </li></ul><ul><li>They publish post, or get parent to type it for them </li></ul><ul><li>www.spellingcity.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/storystarters/storystarter1.htm </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Story starters, very motivational </li></ul></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  29. 32. A Child Centred Blog learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  30. 33. Kids in Charge! <ul><li>Appoint a blog monitor </li></ul><ul><li>Kids have a username and password- teach it, preach it, use it! Stick in books, send notice home </li></ul><ul><li>Use your blog for news- very effective way of increasing participation </li></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  31. 34. Kids in Charge! <ul><li>Set up a help centre </li></ul><ul><li>Tell them they are experts </li></ul><ul><li>Most capable kids first </li></ul><ul><li>Buddy with kids who struggle </li></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  32. 35. Kids at home… <ul><li>Include it in your reports as a recommended way to help improve writing, basic facts, reading skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Train the parent and the kid together </li></ul><ul><li>Help them find tutorials with your chosen blog platform </li></ul><ul><li>Use JING to create tutorials and email them home </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.techsmith.com/jing / </li></ul></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  33. 36. Resources learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin
  34. 37. Resources <ul><li>dakinane.com /blog/ : David Kinanes blog with resources </li></ul><ul><li>learningstuff.wordpress.com : My site </li></ul><ul><li>http://digistore.tki.org.nz/ec/p/home : Free learning objects </li></ul><ul><li>www.blogger.com : Set up your blog here </li></ul><ul><li>www.wordpress.com : Another free blog service </li></ul><ul><li>www.tutpup.com : Free basic facts and spelling practice </li></ul><ul><li>www.spellingcity.com : Free spelling practice and games </li></ul>learningstuff.wordpress.com Vashti Tymkin

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