Getting the Most Out of Those Litttle Blogs

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A PowerPoint presentation by Nick Shaw from Holy Cross School that was presented as part of the workshop 'Getting the Most Out of Those Litttle Blogs' at the 2009 New Zealand Catholic Education Convention in Wellington. It discusses what a Blogging and Inquiry Learning and Reflective Blogging.


1. GETTING THE MOST OUT OF THOSE LITTLE BLOGS Nick Shaw ( 2. Discussion Points What is a Blog and Why do them? Blogging and Inquiry Learning Assessment and the Key Competencies Reflective Blogging Examples Creating a Blog 3. What is a Blog? A type of website with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events etc. Rose in popularity in the early 2000s. Most personal blogs are never read by anyone! Can include multimedia such as video (vlogs), pictures, links, art and audio (podcasting). Over the last few year microblogging (websites such as Twitter) have increased in popularity. Usually have the ability to leave comments and / or responses. 4. 5. To Blog or Not to Blog? Helps to motivate reluctant readers / writers and those who dont contribute during class time. Creates instant home school links. Record of teaching and learning. Opportunity to use a Web 2.0 tool and integrate ICT into classroom practice. Makes the children members of a global learning community. Difficult to set up, maintain, and time consuming Security and safety of children 6. 7. Blogging and Inquiry Learning Share their prior knowledge and experiences. Put up their key questions. 8. Blogging and Inquiry Learning Share resources with those who have similar questions. Work with group members to collaborate and use information that they have found. Could use as a possible presentation tool. Reflection and evaluation of their work. Parents can see what is happening in the class and contribute to their childs learning. 9. 10. Assessment and the Key Competencies Thinking: Children reflect on their own learning, make sense of information and ideas, and challenge assumptions and perceptions. ULSaT: They confidently use ICT to provide information and communicate with others. Managing Self: They manage projects and know how to act independently. Relating to Others: Interact with a range of people in a variety of contexts. Participating & Contributing: Be actively involved in communities. 11. 12. Reflective Blogging For Educators Good form of Professional Development review and record keeping. Useful for management to understand teachers experiences 13. For Students Helps children to clarify understandings and talk about their learning. Can demonstrate a childs emotional maturity. A journal that cant be read by a snooping sibling or parent. Reflective Blogging 14. WELL, YES, WE COULD READ YOUR BLOG OR YOU COULD JUST TELL US ABOUT YOU SCHOOL DAY. 15. Creating a Blog and Where to Start? Use free blogging host sites. (Education Based) (Education Based) All you need is an email address. Have a goal about what you want to achieve from it. How big? Security? Access? Purpose? Let the families know and get them on board. Most importantly let the kids take ownership. Dont let it take too much time. 16. 17. Some Examples http:// / 18.