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Blogging 101 | An Enabling e-Learning event

Started by Karen Spencer 11 Jul 2012 10:01am () Replies (58)

BlogPerhaps you have seen other teachers doing it. Maybe you just do it for yourself. You've heard people talking about it but not sure how to get started, or how to take the next step.

Blogs offer a highly flexible technology that can be used across the curriculum to provide a window on the classroom, connect learning to family, create authentic audiences for writing, offer a space for reflection...and a myriad of other purposes related to pedagogy and learning areas.

This thread aims to provide stories, examples, tips and advice on how to harness the power of blogging and integrate it with effective learning.

Guest teachers and champion bloggers - Allanah King ('Life is not a race to be first finished blog), Kimberley Rivett (eLearning for Life blog), and Stephanie Thompson (Teaching the Teacher blog) - will be on hand to answer your questions and share their expertise.

Meanwhile, here's a wee video from Enabling e-Learning: Teaching to whet your appetite. Nic Mason, teacher at Russell Street School, says, "teaching the kids something and letting them experiment in their own way" has enabled his students technological capability to develop. He and his students describe the process, some of the tools, and the learning they gain and reflect on, through creating blog posts:

[Image: freedigitalphotos.net]

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  • Cheryl (View all users posts) 09 Sep 2012 6:33pm ()

    re: surface features -  Depends on how you want your blog to be. If it is a display blog then surface features are important and checking and editing needs to be done before publishing. As a contrast, we are using our blogs to improve reading and writing and one of our aims is for our posts and comments to be more accurate in terms of surface features. We expect to see an improvement over the year. The class and I review posts and comments and give each other feedback. We use our writing level expectations as a point of reference. We also have our writing "mantras" that are small sayings like "using i for I = level 1'. "no paragraphs - is not in level 3!".  

  • Cheryl (View all users posts) 09 Sep 2012 8:05pm ()

    We installed predictive text software and it helps with accuracy of spelling. One we used is "Word Que" and works with MS Word. 

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