Using Kidsblog as a teaching tool
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Using Kidsblog as a teaching tool
AGENDAWhy KidsBlog?What else did I use?How I used it.Some of our topics.Sample of Kidsblog dashboard.Sample Discussion question.Student AssignmentWhy Students Like it?Why Students dont like it?Lessons learned this year.Q & A
Why KidsblogKidsblog is a complete Software as a Service(SaaS) blogging tool.Completely private! Only those who are setup to join may join. Postings must be reviewed by instructor before posting to community helps to avoid problemsEasy to use, easy to setup and great technical support if needed.Best of all ABSOLUTLY FREE!
What else I usedVideo clips from Digital Catechesis
How I used itVideos were downloaded from Digital Catechesis and copied on to Skydrive. A link to the Skydive file would be sent to the students the Sunday night before class with instructions of how to get to the blog.I would put questions in to our weekly blog page and the students would start the discussions from there.
Type the following link into your browser to view my video collection.
Some of our topicsTopics were Teen-Centric.
Right to Life and Capital PunishmentWhy do you want to make your Confirmation?How do you go to Confession?Respect for Women Dating
Sample Question from the Blog
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
As the season of Advent draws near we are going to take a look at what it takes to get ready for Christmas. No its not just decorating the tree or house and going to Christmas parties. Its not shopping, although its where most of us will spend our time.
Its about getting ready for the Christ child. Its about getting ready to build of the Kingdom of God here on earth. Jesus didnt come so we have a reason to spend money. Perhaps Charles Dickens caught it best in A Christmas Carol when Mr. Scrooge has this exchange with his nephew
Whats Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer; a time for balancing your books and having every item in em through a round dozen of months presented dead against you
Now its time to think about getting ready. Please watch the videos and we will discuss this and more in class this weekend.
Next Step is for students to write their replies in the blogStudents write their replies and may include photos, other supporting documents, or music.Student replies are not included here to respect their privacy.
Why Students Like itIt gives them a chance to chat and discuss issues that are important to them.Its an easy way to do Religious Education homework Its fun to have a secret place to write user credentials make them feel its their private place
Why student dont like itIts another screen and topic to manageAfter going to school it means they open this blog and their IM, and their SKYPE and their photos and they get lost.I know when they are not doing their homework!!!!
Lessons Learned this yearNot using a textbook, parents cant follow along.Students dont want their parents to have access to their credentials.I need to have patience with my class. The fact that this is a virtual community they write when they are ready. Not when I ask for an assignment.Lessons have to be carefully thought out. Topics may change based on responses to the blog.
Q & A
Using Kidsblog as a teaching toolJoe MazzeoEmail:Joseph.firstname.lastname@example.org://www.slideshare.net/mazzejj/using-kidsblog-as-a-teaching-tool-19030994
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