IWBnet presentation

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.

Class Blogs-

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

2km and 2kj at Leopold Primary School year 2 in Victoria

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

Teacher Blogs

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.

 

1 Comment

  1. Lindsey Dunnam:

    Mrs. Miller,
    Thank you for taking the time to post something about blogging. I am attending the University of South Alabama, and I am currently taking EDM310 with Dr. John Strange. I really did not see the point in blogging, and to be honest, I really did not want to learn how to use it. After reading the blog and all the information you have posted, I realized how many different ways blogging can help, not only myself, but also the students I will be teaching. I now understand how blogging can be used to help me and my future students in the classroom. I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future. Once again, thank you for sharing this.

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