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Blogging and data projectors with new entrants

Cluster Goals:

  • —Teachers to integrate elearning effectively into their practice creating an innovative and exciting learning environment for all students.
  • —Family and whanau to actively participate in their child’s learning.

What have I changed?

  • Began using a data projector in the classroom and have found that the more I use it the more uses I can find for it.
  • I have developed a classroom Blog, initially to help model the writing process to the children.
  • As I began using this regularly, I then started using the digital camera a lot more, downloading photos of social science activities and incidental events that happen during the week, so that it became more of a weekly diary.
  • I engage the children by asking their thoughts on an event and typing in their words, asking them to choose a colour for the text and also talking about size of font.
  • I try to input an entry at least three times per week and then work with it the first thing in the morning.
  • Part of the reason for this is that some families have not got computers and this enables them to view what we are doing in the classroom.

Why did this need doing?

  • I had never used a data projector and had observed other teachers using one.
  • I began to realise some of the possible uses.

What did I learn as I did this?

  • My New Entrant children are becoming quite competent at using a laptop now, so intend to use them to show parents the Blog when they arrive at school.
  • As I used it I also began looking at other Blogs around the world and got new ideas
  • As well as using these on the Blog I have also incorporated some of them into my classroom practice.
  • Now I search the web use alphabet programmes in group or whole class sessions
  • I have begun doing Mathletics with whole class sessions,

What did it achieve?

  • Children are more interested in using the computer and are keen to show their work to parents.
  • Children come up to me with their work/ constructions and ask me if I’ll take a photo and put it on our Blog.
  • I can use Youtube clips to enhance my teaching.

How do I know?

  • Children arrive at school with lots of different levels of abilities, some being quite competent at using a mouse and keyboard, and some being able to use a laptop, while others had no computer skills at all.
  • A new New Entrant parent commented that she checked out the Blog with her son before beginning school, so that he had some idea of what school was about.
  • Several parents have commented that they have a link to the Blog on their Facebook page.
  • ESOL parents have commented that their parents and family overseas can log in to the Blog and it helps them keep up with their Grandchild.

What advice would I give others trying to do this?

  • Go for it and just begin.
  • Research other Blogs and web sites.
  • Be prepared to spend time initially to get a Blog up and running
  • Ask for help from experts in the school….teachers or students.

Comments

  • Anne S

    Great Blogs! I am impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication evident here! The teacher/ pupil/ family/ whanau communication that has developed. Well done. Keep up the good work.!Smile

  • Sandy Nelson

    Keep up the great work Stevie. Your kids are learning through much with the support of technology and quality teaching.

    - Sandy Nelson