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Started by Jo Langdon 01 Sep 2013 8:40pm () Replies (13)

Hi there, I am at the very beginning of my ICT journey.  I am wanting to trial the use of blogging and/or a classroom website at our school and was hoping someone could give me a simply explaination of the differences/ pros/ cons between the two.  I am currently wondering about weebly or blogspot.  The class I will initally trial it in is a year 2/3 class.  But any comments relating to the use of either from N/E to year 6 would be appreciated.

Thanks Jo

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  • Justine Hughes (View all users posts) 01 Sep 2013 11:04pm ()

    Hi Jo.  

    I've been blogging with classes for the past 6 years or so.  Have blogged with Year 5/6 and Year 7/8.  I have also used websites but prefer blogs by a long shot.  Blogger / Blogspot is the easiest to manage / use.

    This year we have pretty much everything on our blog - it's a fantastic record of day to day teaching and learning.  The students also have their own blogs where they are recording their own learning journeys.

    I've created a Kiwi version of Literature Circles for our school and this is quite an active blog designed to get kids - and adults - passionate about reading.

    I will add the blog addresses below for you to have a look at.  The only thing to bear in mind is that the blogs have come to a little bit of a 'halt' at the moment as I've just been diagnosed with a brain tumour and have had to take leave from work and won't be able to return until at least November.  You'll still be able to get a 'feel' for what we've been doing though.  (I'll also add the address for a previous blog I ran with my Year 5 / 6s.
    http://room4learningjourneys.blogspot.co.nz - Class Blog

    http://hendersonliteraturecircles.blogspot.co.nz - Literature Circles Blog

    http://k12motivation.blogspot.co.nz - Professional Learning Blog

    http://teamroom8.blogspot.co.nz - old class blog from Myross Bush School in Invercargill

    As I'm off work for a little while, I'd be more than happy to help support you in setting up your blog / supporting you in your blogging journey so please don't hesitate to contact me.  My Masters is built around eLearning and I've focussed on blogging for some of my research. It's such an amazingly powerful tool for motivating students in all areas - particularly in reading and writing as it turns out.

    You might also like the link to a Google Doc that contains a rubric that was developed by my class of Year 5/6 students and modified by my current class.  Please click on the link below - anyone else is free to grab this and modify it too if you'd like to - would love to share any improvments / modifications.

    Effective Blogging Techniques

    Justine

  • Justine Hughes (View all users posts) 02 Sep 2013 10:37am ()

    Hi Bruce

    I'd be interested in your thoughts on Wordpress.  I've used that before and also Edublogs but have never found them to be as easy to use - or as flexible - as Blogger / Blogspot.

    I think one of my favourite things about Blogger is that I can link everything 'Google' to it and it's so simple and easy to embed videos / other media.

    Blogging is such a fantastic way to share learning with the local and global community and get learning conversations happening.

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