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.
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 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.