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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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  • Stephanie Thompson (View all users posts) 06 Aug 2012 9:24pm ()

    Hi would-be bloggers

    I teach Year 7/8 students. Each and everyone of my students has their own personal blog which try to keep updated each week.

    I've written quite extensively on my own blog about setting up student blogs.

    This first is the why. If the answer is all the cool kids are doing it then your classroom blogging will likely be a bit of a FAIL. Here's a few reasons I'm blogging with my class.

    1. Authentic writing opportunity for students. Above anything else blogging gives kids an opportunity to have an authentic audience far beyond the walls of our classroom through regular posting. Commenting and responding to comments also serves as a way for students collabrate and learn from each other.
    2. Home school partnership. Blogs have the potential to change the ‘what did you do at school today?’ conversation to parents being able to talk about specific activities through blogging. They also have the potential to make information from the school more personalized and therefore relevant to each parent.
    3. Enhance digital citizenship. Blogging is an authentic oppourtunity for teachers to model effective digital citizenship so that students can manage themselves online as well effectively participate and contribute to digital communities.
    4. Global collaboration. Blogging gives students a chance develop their own personal learning networks whether it be like-minded kids, a scientist to help with a topic we are studying.
    5. Sharing teaching practice. As a new teacher I find reading classroom blogs a great way to learn about what goes on in other teacher’s classrooms and will shamelessly steal borrow teaching ideas in order to adapt them for my context. If someone happens to gain something out of what is happening in what’s happening in my classroom this makes me happy.

     

  • Stephanie Thompson (View all users posts) 19 Aug 2012 10:37pm ()

    One of the easiest ways to get comments on a blog is via the classroom email newsletter. I will often email a parent if a kid is featured on the classblog to let them know about the posting. 

  • Stephanie Thompson (View all users posts) 29 Aug 2012 10:11pm ()

    Hi Jane

    There are some great steps on edublogs for setting up there 
    http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/challenges-2/30-days-to-kick-start-your-blogging/

     

    As far as blogging with kids I think the best place to start is teaching the children commenting skills. There's some great stuff around commenting from kathleen morris here:

     

    http://primarytech.global2.vic.edu.au/2011/12/27/quality-blogging-and-commenting-meme/

     

    Stephanie

  • Stephanie Thompson (View all users posts) 06 Sep 2012 9:19pm ()

    If I was to use one word to summarise effective blogging it would be engagement. With the student, with their family, with their community, with the world.

    At every step engagement doesn't just happen you need to help make it happen. You provide organisation supports for your learners, you remind parents, you use your network for your blog, you network with other teachers.

    Yes it seems like a lot of work. But much like going to the gym, the task isn't so big if you do a bit each day.

     

    Stephanie

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