ASLA11 – Using blogging and edmodo in the classroom and library

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This post has been designed to supplement my presentation for the Australian School Librarian Conference  on Tuesday October 4.

Communicating for the 21st century: using tools such as Edmodo and student blogs to connect students with an authentic worldwide audience.

During my presentation we will be logging on and checking out edmodo as well as looking at some of the excellent classroom and school librarian 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. Pru Thomas will be waiting to greet you from her sick bed. If you are interested in joining more edmodo groups such as the Teacher Librarian Edmodo group or The Oz edmodo group please check out this post by Bianca Hewes.

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 also consider 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. They are building connections with other like minded students around the globe and starting to create powerful learning networks. 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 has also recently 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

Librarian Blogs

I love to read other educator’s blogs, as I find I learn so much through reading them. I have included here a few of the many outstanding  librarian blogs from around Australia.

I am indebted to Carmel Galvin from Sydney – Library Currants  together with Jenny Luca a librarian from Victoria Lucacept – Intercepting the web who passed on most of these fabulous librarian blog addresses to me.

Tania Sheko Learning Enhancement Coordinator and  teacher librarian in Melbourne.- Brave new World.
Camilla Elliott a teacher librarian – Edubeacon
Karen Powers a teacher librarian – BigBookcase
Judith Way a secondary school librarian from Melbourne- The Way Forward
Kim Yeomans from the LRC Blog at St Martin of Tours in Melbourne
Stacey from a girl’s secondary school in Sydney – Librarians are go
Marita Thompson from The King’s School Sydney – Storylines
Audrey Nay from Coffs Harbour LLL4LLL
Dianne McK an Australian living and working in Hong Kong – Library Grits

I also recommend you listen to this podcast from the edtechcrew, in which they interview teacher librarian Dr Joyce Valenza. In her interview she talks extensively about trans-literacy and her ideas on the methods she uses for curate information as a teacher librarian. She also makes a compelling case for the creation of a positive student digital footprint. The podcast link also includes links to many of Joyce’s websites.

I have included my prezi, in case you are interested in sharing it further.

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3 comments

  1. Elizabeth Pike

    Hi Henrietta,
    Thank you for a great presentation today. Can you please tell me how I can download your Think and Talk page from your prezi? There are many interesting activities listed that my students would love>
    Cheers, Elizabeth.

  2. Thank you for your kind comment Elizabeth, I am glad you enjoyed my presentation. As I mentioned today I created the matrix I use based on the work of Ralph Pirozzo. I suggest you check his website out and purchase his book ‘Improving thinking in the classroom’ as that really explains the theory behind it well. He has created a matrix which you fill in using verbs to match the category. You should be able to find a blank matrix through him.

  3. Hi Henrietta. What a great coverage of some very important tools/technology to use in the classroom or library. I don’t know where I’d be without blogging, edmodo and the rich connection with other teachers. I’m going to have a hard job trying to fit it all into 2 days next year, but I’ll have a great time trying 🙂

    Thanks for including our class blog as an example.