This post has been designed to supplement my presentation for The 5th National Leading a Digital School Conference. To be held on Thursday September 1 2011.
Preparing Students for their future not your past through the integration of web 2.0 tools with an emphasis on blogging and edmodo.
During my presentation we will be logging on and checking out edmodo as well as looking at some of the excellent blogs that are being created in Australia these days.
Edmodo home page can be found here. Please log into or join edmodo, we will be using this code 37eebk so you can enter a group I have set up for us to use today. Please take a moment to answer my questions and introduce yourselves to your fellow participants.
Once you return to your school and wish to find out more, the edmodo help section can be found here with their excellent range of help video tutorials and PDF guides.
An Edmodo Guide from Patrick Cauley at itbabble.com can be found here. Patrick has given me full permission to share his excellent guide with you. If you find it helpful, please respond with thanks to Patrick’s blog.
We will now look at blogging. There are many different blogging platforms. In my class I use edublogs. Edublogs are an Australian company with excellent support and advice. Another company that some schools like to use is kidsblog. WordPress a popular blogging platform has joined with microsoft to produce this helpful guide at the site Office in Education
Since we only have a short time frame to discuss many of the concerns teachers have about blogging. I have included some excellent posts which delve into the merits of student blogging. I know that in my classroom the bloggers are motivated and interested in writing for an authentic audience. For more information please read 20 reasons why students should blog by Anne Murcha. Or why blog with students by Adrian Bruce. There is also an interesting wiki with loads of information called Support Blogging. These three sites should be able to answer most of your questions and allay many of your fears about blogging with students. Edublogs an Australian blogging platform has just reached 1 million blogs. Read more about it here. Australian librarian Jenny Luca too has written a really convincing post six reasons why kids should know about blogging.
There are students and teachers blogging all around the world. Since we are in Australia I think it only fair that we showcase what is happening in an increasing number of Australian schools.
Below you will find a small selection of primary class blogs from around Australia. Each one of these class blogs will have a blogroll, with links to further class blogs from around Australia and the world.
Learning together – Prep in Melbourne
Kindergarten red Miss Elliot’s Kindergarten class
Year1rc year 1 in Sydney
The superblog of awesomeness Year 3 in Sydney
Sammy the Seagull Year 4 in Victoria
Room9 year 5 in Adelaide
year5rc my class blog in Sydney
Triple A blog year 6 in Sydney
Room 13 year 6 and 7 sharing their learning in South Australia
I love to read other teacher’s blogs, I especially look out for ones written by other primary teachers. I pick up many ideas and tips through reading other teacher’s blogs.
Kathleen Morris from Victoria – Integrating technology in the primary school.
Check out this excellent post by Kathleen Morris with links to many infant blog sites together with instructions on how to make blogging work with young students.
Edna Sackson from Victoria What ed said
Chris Betcher from Sydney Betchablog
Jenny Luca a Librarian from Victoria Lucacept – Intercepting the web
Steph from Newcastle 2sparkley bits and pieces place
Nina Davis a kindergarten teacher Nina’s Arena
Susan Stephenson The Book Chook
I have included my prezi, in case you are interested in sharing it further.