Workshop

Using the internet in the classroom is not new. Educators have been using it to email and as an alternative research tool for over ten years.

What is new is using the internet to communicate, interact and as a means to establish social networks.  Over the past ten years a plethora of  Web 2.0 programs have emerged. These tools have enabled switched on educators to engage, create, publish and generally share the harvest with a broader audience.

Research, undertaken early in 2000 revealed that students were most engaged when they used  digital tools and that if their teachers really wanted to reach them, then they would need to enter the world of their students and make full use of the diverse freeware that had begun to appear. For some teachers Google Documents provided a safe way to begin. But the quantum leap in options has provided more possibilities.

Watch this video, a video made by students after using flip cameras in a music class, and you will see how enthusiastic students are when they work in an environment that is so familiar to them.

The Arrival of Netbooks signals that change has now come and that the walls of our institutions are falling down. Educators who ignore this trend do so at their peril and to the disadvantage of their students.

The huge number of blogs stored behind the front door of Global Teacher reveals that agile thinkers can use blogs in a diverse number of ways. Blogs provide the perfect container to store, amongst other things, work that is being done using netbook technology. But they can do much more!

Rome Was Not Built In A Day – Simple Beginnings.

Take the time to learn all about blogging. Use a blog  as a platform for your personal professional and student learning reflection.

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A number of teachers have been using blogs as a means to reflect and share resources with other teachers. This is the best place for any teacher to begin. Before bringing a class into an online environment, an environment which by its very nature demands careful management, teachers can learn all they need to know by maintaining a professional blog and establishing a digital portfolio of their professional development.

Play and have some fun using user friendly web toys. Engage students with Web 2.0 tools. Store your work in a simple blog that exists simply as a vault for such goodies.

Make Vokis
Taylors Lake Primary School
Use Vokis for Philosophical Thought
Remind people to do their homework

Make Wordles as promts for classes

Make Cartoons
Science Cartoon

Some teachers have subscribed and joined me at the Soul Food Cafe to learn about blogging and working within a social network.

Here are the blogs of some teachers who have spent a lot of time working on their own personal blogs, who are exploring how they can use technology in their classrooms.

Brave New World is the professional blog of Tania Sheko
Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age is the professional blog of Maryna Badenhorst who is also a Global Teacher Columnist.
Kathleen McGeady talks about Integrating Technology into a Primary Classroom.
Andrew Douch uses his blog to discuss teaching and learning and to showcase samples of work. He has a significant readership and his posts regularly attract comment.
Doncaster Secondary College, ITC manager, Dianne Beever uses her blog to highlight how to engage students using technology.
Helen Otway has been maintaining a professional blog as  a place to reflect on her journey as a teacher and learner using 21st Century technologies and pedagogy.
Louise Duncan explores the day in the life of a 21st Century Classroom and explores the use of ipods.
Lisa Hill is the Director of Curriculum, and the teacher-librarian at Mossgiel Park PS, Endeavour Hills, an outer suburb of south-eastern Melbourne
Jenny Luca is the
Head of Information Services at Toorak College in Mt.Eliza.
Judith Way from Preston Girls runs the Bright Ideas blog for SLAV.
Peter Olm from North Fitzroy Primary is looking at thinking, literacy and education
Lauren O’Grady offers musings about learning in an emerging technological world
Down the Rabbit Hole is about teaching practice using internet technolgoy
Jess McCullock explores applications for technology in the classroom
Anne McDonald is a teacher from Wodonga
Marie Salinger is an Art and Media Teacher at Whitefriars College.
Tristan Mether explores technology applications

Alternatively you can use a blog to store all your work. I no longer use ring binder books and have no need for a desk. I house all my writing prompts within The Soul Food Cafe and in numerous blogs that I have created.

Feeling Confident! Begin to establish class blogs that engage class members. Maximize the comment tool and begin to learn how to add other users to your blog.

Set up Class Footy Tipping
Footy Tips
at North Fitzroy

Year 11 Accounting:
http://murch.global2.vic.edu.au/2009/04/22/are-you-game-in-accounting/

Year 8 SCI:
http://brittgow.global2.vic.edu.au/

Year 12 Maths:

http://webmaths.wordpress.com/2009/07/30/differentiation-using-first-principles/

Home Ec:

http://jolk.global2.vic.edu.au/2009/06/17/pancakes-and-chocolate-cake/

PE:
http://jennylu.wordpress.com/2009/07/06/body-pump-via-youtube-forget-the-gym-fees

English
http://mrsasenglishclass.globalstudent.org.au/

Grae 3/4 http://mrpohlners.globalstudent.org.au/
IT
http://murch.global2.vic.edu.au/2009/05/13/year-8-and-11-classes-friday-may-15th/

VCAL
http://globalstudent.org.au/2008/08/26/vcal-cubby-house-project/

Feeling REALLY confident!!! Introduce students to blogging and add links to their blog on your class blog. Add confident bloggers as users on your blog.

http://kea0060.globalstudent.org.au/
http://emaleeh.globalstudent.org.au/
http://gracie.globalstudent.org.au/2008/11/23/enviromental-issues/

Blogs have the capacity to meet all sorts of needs within a school. They can be used to publish the school newsletter and to celebrate school events. They can be used by co-ordinators to communicate with students and parents and so much more. One really is only limited by one’s imagination. A school magazine could be produced within a blog. And blogs are replacing traditional school web sites.

STAFF MEETING BLOG

eg. http://marynabadenhorst.global2.vic.edu.au/

YEAR LEVEL CO-ORDINATOR’S BLOG

eg. Year 9/10 Co-ord: http://corryong910.global2.vic.edu.au/about/

STRESS MANAGEMENT

Mental Health & Well Being
Students:
http://www.bullyingnoway.com.au/
Staff & School Community:
http://www.mindmatters.edu.au/resources_and_downloads/mindmatters/loss_and_grief.htm

SPECIAL INTEREST BLOG
5/6 P Footy tips: http://urbanlegend.globalstudent.org.au/

BALL: http://hawkesdale.globalstudent.org.au/2009/05/22/2009-presentation-ball/

HARRY POTTER: http://bicci.globalstudent.org.au/deathly-hallows/

Book Week Video:

http://slav.global2.vic.edu.au/2009/08/04/video-for-book-week/

Web Publishing

Web Publishing is becoming an accepted form of publishing. Check out some of these projects to see what is possible in this environment

Annual Soul Food Cafe Advent Calendars
The Dig Tree
Magic Writing Tram
Chocolate Box
A to Z of Alchemy
About Shine Anthology
Shine Anthology – Download a Copy

Authentic Student Learning

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When you trawl through the Global Student data base the song ‘I’ve Been Everywhere Man’ springs to mind. It really does feel like Global Teacher and Student have reached all corners of Victoria, from Portland in the far west, to Corryong in the north west.  All sorts of schools are represented. And the exciting thing is that there are hundreds of examples of authentic student learning to be found within the Global Student network. At this stage the trend has been for teachers to establish class blogs, with links to individual student blogs. The class blogs are used in much the same way noticeboards have been used and students are using their blogs to publish responses to class activities. In many cases students have learned how to make appropriate comments on one another’s work. Many teachers have also used the comment tool, which will support a 1000 characters, to have students complete work.

Here you will find 101 ways that students are actively enagaged and learning in a fun environment.

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Hawkesdale P-12 students teach Portland Primary School Students how to blog.

Em’s Blog – notice that Em has physically responded to a Brag Bag activity. She has clearly made the bag and then photographed her work and uploaded it on to a blog. Em is a Grade 5 student.

Em’s friend Jasmine, who is visited by clicking one of Em’s links, has completed, amongst other things, a Wordle.

Lukey has been working steadily and has a variety of pieces including work about how he feels. His class blog has more work that the class have been working on.

Year 7 have a base blog which has links to all the subjects they take, to fun activities and to teachers who have blogs. It is clear that Amzy is fully engaged in authentic learning activities. The Class were directed to go to Mr Ardito’s blog to comment on an activity and when you go you will find just how successfully the comment tool is being used.

Cha Cha has quite a collection of work on this blog and is test running story ideas in this setting

Examples of actual literacy work is being published on this Techno Literacy site. Students are engaging in global story telling projects like 101 Tales and are being introduced to authors.

Gracie discusses Environmental Issues and reflects on Global Citizenship.

Superblogger is enjoying making Wordles and is loving claymation.

The Last Guardian is actively engaged in a range of great activities.

Aqua13 is actively engaged and is experimenting with Wordle and has learned how to add widgets

Canterbury Primary School Students are actively working on their blogs. Visit Room 510 and meet some of the students.

Mr Pohlners is putting lots of work on the Grade 3/4 Blog

You will find lots of projects and activites being undertaken and published on Our Blog

Visit Miss A’s Excellent English Class blog and make sure to check out what the students are doing in response.

Traralgon College have a great photography blog that promotes great activities and engages Year 10 photograhy students like Madi, Vinnie and Katrina. This blog really does promote the student talent. Katrina’s blog is worth a close look.  A top blog in Year 11 Studio Arts is Chip The Ghosts Blog.

If Alanna’s blog is any indication, Our 2009 Blog at New Gisbourne Primary School really is for reading, writing, thinking and sharing. Check out Ruby and other students as well.

Mr B and his students at Camperdown are getting right into this blogging thing. Check out the fun identities students are creating for themselves.

The Grade 5/6 Teachers at Riddells Creek have set up a collective blog with links to all the students. Take the time to view the links to students.

8F at Upway really are Blogging Stars if people like Bumtown.

Miss Rodda – Gus the Goat This blog features the adventures of Gus and shows Prep/1 students engaged in learning activities.

Grade 3/4 M at Toorak Primary School also have a blog where their teacher is communicating and publishing samples of student work.

Visual Arts at Taylors Lake Primary celebrates artistic achievements within the school.

2KM at Leopold Primary, along with their teacher, Kathleen McGeady, are sharing the great things that are happening in their class.

The Year 9 Co-ordinator at Corryong College is using a blog to keep students, teachers and parents updated on Year 9 and 10 activities.

8B are Blogging Stars who are actively enaged in meaningful work.

Share the journey of a grade six technology class

Greythorn Primary School introduces blogs and features 4x’s Classroom Blog. Make sure to look inside the mind of a student  like Georgia and glean how she thinks. 6X Rocks is pretty amazing as well. Be a sleuth and check out student thinking patterns. This post on God and Religion is well worth a look.

7 Purple are learning about IT and just what it offers.

When you visit 2n at North Fitzroy Primary School and begin to follow the links you will be surprised.

Baimbridge College has lots of students linked and working on reflective exercises

More

A Collaborative Blog

PythianGames

The Pythian Games is an example of how, if you create the space, you can attract a number of users and build a vibrant community. There are over forty users on the Pythian Games. Users are given the role of author and this enables them to post directly on the site.  If you watch this space you will observe that posts are regularly appearing and that the comment tools are being used to provide feedback.  Positive feedback like this

  1. wow Lori – he is awesome – I would frame that pic!

    Megan Warren

    July 19, 2009 at 4:38 am Edit

  2. This is spectacular Lori. You have captured the essence of this bird. I am in total awe.

    Heather Blakey

    July 19, 2009 at 12:58 pm Edit

  3. You should keep that box of art supplies out! Great job!

    celticsea

    July 19, 2009 at 2:27 pm Edit

  4. Excellent rendition of the raven. The highlights are so well placed. Keep up the good work.

    Vi

    woodnymph

    July 19, 2009 at 2:34 pm Edit

  5. Oh my gosh! Don’t put those art supplies away again. This is STUNNING!!! I agree that you should frame it and hey if you ever sell prints of it, let me know because I would be interested! Great job!

    cydlee61

    July 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm Edit

  6. some very interesting effects (:

    pearlz

    July 20, 2009 at 3:00 am Edit

  7. This is very good. I think you should hang it where everyone who comes into your home can see it as soon as they come in the door

    traveller

    July 20, 2009 at 9:08 am Edit

encourages and generates more work. Certainly schools have provided the feedback and indicated that the comment tool has driven a lot of students to work harder.

101Ways of Using Blogs

There is no obligation when you join Global Teacher to use a blog in a set, prescriptive way. There are a multitude of ways in which blogs can be used. The myth that blogs are a vehicle for the self indulgent to keep very public diaries of their daily round has long been dispelled. Global Teacher blogs are being used as an alternative to newsletters, as a place to publish newsletters, as an alternative to a traditional web site, as directories filled with resources, as classrooms, as containers for special projects, as a place for professional reflection, as digital portfolios and so much more. Members use blogs to record travel experiences, to present projects and to build collaborative, supportive networks. A user is really only limited by their own imagination.

Here are 101 examples of how blogs are being used in Global Teacher and Global Student.

Blogs as a directory, a resource  for teachers and students.

The Global Mouseion is a blog that was established in the early days of Global Teacher. Now the Global Teacher site itself is providing a directory for teachers and students seeking resources.

Blogs as a container for a Web 2.0 learning through play library project

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As a result of SLAV’s work with their Learning Through Play program librarians around the state accepted the challenge and undertook a project where they used blogs as a container to display skills that they learned. Make sure to look at the Participants blogs. There is no doubt when you look at participants blogs that this is an activity that could be replicated successfully with students, especially those undertaking the Netbook Trial. A Girls Own Adventure in Blogland and Cas10mbc are two examples of how proficient users became and shows what a ‘student’ blog might look like.

Blogs as a platform to publish student work and school activities and to keep parents informed.

Some schools are not ready to engage students in a world wide web environment and they choose to use blogs to publish samples of exciting work that is happening in their schools. In this context the blogs are like Anthologies, Newsletters or a School Magazine. Collaboration is not the main aim. The main purpose is to celebrate work and to enable parents and members of the community to see what is happening.

The following are samples of blogs that have been used to celebrate student work.

Miss Rodda – Gus the Goat This blog features the adventures of Gus and shows Prep/1 students engaged in learning activities.
Grade 3/4 M at Toorak Primary School also have a blog where their teacher is communicating and publishing samples of student work.
Visual Arts at Taylors Lake Primary celebrates artistic achievements within the school.
2KM at Leopold Primary, along with their teacher, Kathleen McGeady, are sharing the great things that are happening in their class. Check out her TPL blog as well.
The Year 9 Co-ordinator at Corryong College is using a blog to keep students, teachers and parents updated on Year 9 and 10 activities.

Blogs as a platform for Professional and Student Learning Reflection.

WildThings

A number of teachers have been using blogs as a means to reflect and share resources with other teachers. This is the best place for any teacher to begin. Before bringing a class into an online environment, an environment which by its very nature demands careful management, teachers can learn all they need to know by maintaining a professional blog and establishing a digital portfolio of their professional development.

Brave New World is the professional blog of Tania Sheko
Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age is the professional blog of Maryna Badenhorst who is also a Global Teacher Columnist.
Kathleen McGeady talks about Integrating Technology into a Primary Classroom.
Andrew Douch uses his blog to discuss teaching and learning and to showcase samples of work. He has a significant readership and his posts regularly attract comment.
Doncaster Secondary College, ITC manager, Dianne Beever uses her blog to highlight how to engage students using technology.
Helen Otway has been maintaining a professional blog as  a place to reflect on her journey as a teacher and learner using 21st Century technologies and pedagogy.
Louise Duncan explores the day in the life of a 21st Century Classroom and explores the use of ipods.
Lisa Hill is the Director of Curriculum, and the teacher-librarian at Mossgiel Park PS, Endeavour Hills, an outer suburb of south-eastern Melbourne
Jenny Luca is the
Head of Information Services at Toorak College in Mt.Eliza.
Judith Way from Preston Girls runs the Bright Ideas blog for SLAV.
Peter Olm from North Fitzroy Primary is looking at thinking, literacy and education
Lauren O’Grady offers musings about learning in an emerging technological world
Down the Rabbit Hole is about teaching practice using internet technolgoy
Jess McCullock explores applications for technology in the classroom
Anne McDonald is a teacher from Wodonga
Marie Salinger is an Art and Media Teacher at Whitefriars College.
Tristan Mether explores technology applications

Blogs as a platform for subject teachers to promote curriculum that they are passionate about.

Jeff Trevakis is quite clearly passionate about the teaching of maths and other maths teachers will be inspired by the suggestions he makes.
Britt Gow is an inspired Science Teacher at Hawskesdale P-12 and her Techno Science blog is filled with rich resources.
Andrew Williamson from North Fitzroy Primary is Split Three Ways and uses his blog to, amongst other things, showcase exciting work his students are undertaking.
VCE Environmental Science is a vibrant VCE resource.
Digital Stories and Come Blog With Us traces digital story work done by Gail Casey and provides links to Global Projects that were undertaken.

Blogs as a classroom where authentic learning is visible.

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This is the class blog of 7E English at Rowville Secondary College, a secondary college in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. All class work is placed on this blog which gives students a permanent base to check on tasks, activities, deadlines. There are also links to each student’s individual blog.
Up the Creek
is a busy Art Classroom where students work is show, activities and challenges are presented, comments are  made, communication is happening between teacher and student and there are links to student blogs.
Urban Legend
depicts the life of a Grade 4 class. Apart from curriculum activities it has become a place for students to keep track of the footy pool results and we learn about the classic albums they are listening to of a Friday.
E Journey’s With Techno Kids
is the work of Anne Mirtschin from Hawkesdale P-12. This blog vividly depicts her school life and the life of students who are working on diverse global projects.
Burners Blog
is a blog which engages students from Prep to Grade Four and encourages them to interact and communicate using the comment tool.
Check out Technology in Miss Wyatt’s class. You will find that it is an interactive site with links to students work. Also view a class discussion on her Grade 8 History blog and the way in which Middle School Students are being encouraged to interact.
Miss Alderton’s Grade 5/6 Class at Mossgiel Primary School reveals a diverse array of classroom activities.
The Green Team at Toorak Primary are working hard exploring everything green.
Christine Purcell is working with Grade 3/4. One delight is the class joke page. Make sure to visit and see how comments are being used.
Join in this vibrant ITC class at Glen Waverly Primary.
Portland  North Primary School are learning about technology and learning about Space.
A password protected class blog but you can see comments from students about school camp
Meet 3/4M at Mossgiel Primary School
Mrs Miles at Mount Waverly Primary School is einspired and so are her students

Special Project Blogs feature projects as they are being undertaken. The life of a blog like this may be limited. The ones here provide people with ideas about what they might do with a blog in a classroom.

Oscar Bear was one of the early blogs that was used to record the adventures of a Teddy Bear in a lower primary school classroom.
Priscilla, like Captain Cook, set out with a secret mission. Note that there are multiple users posting on this blog
Class Pet
Poles Apart is a specific project set in Antarctica.
The Magic Garden presents a unit of work that can be completed.
Teddy Bear Exchange Project at Leopold Primary

Curriculum Specific Blogs.

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Library Resource Centres
Read This from Camberwell Senior Libary
Mill Park Secondary College Reading Cafe
Bookstars
Wild Library
Celestial Navigation
Preston Girls Secondary College Book Cafe
LOTE
Japanese Studies
German Fairy Tale Forum
Frenchie
Indonesian
TechnoLote
French
ART
Up The Creek
Visual Art at Taylors Lake
Art Beat
SOSE

Super Sose
Pyschology
Splendid Psychology
Science
Sensational Science
Cool Chemistry
Phenomenal Physics
Mrs Parrington Loves Science
Learning with SAP
Music
Split Three Ways
Maths
Web Maths
Maths Pig
History
History is Here
ITC
ITC at Mount Waverly Primary School
Photography
Traralgon College

Blogs as a School Web Site

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Schools are finding that they can establish more vibrant, interactive web sites using blogs as compared to traditional web site design

Labertouche Primary School note the links to the school calendar, newsletter, documents, internet safety etc.
Berwick Lodge Primary School
Doncaster Secondary College
Hawkesdale P-12 A Global Techno College
Mossegiel Primary School
Toorak Primary School
North Fitzroy Primary School
Manor Lakes College
Myrniong Primary School Note how they are using a Wiki as a school web site to publish newsletters.

Sharing an Adventure

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When you randomly go through the Global Teacher Data Base you can stumble upon some fascinating blogs.  Are We There Yet captures the adventures of a family of four who are ‘doing the block’ travelling around Australia. Follow this blog and you will learn about running repairs and so much more of this families daily life. It will also give you ideas about how you might use a blog and encourage others to use them.
Jason O’Callaghan undertakes a Web 2.0 project with Knowledge Bank.
Moorefield GHS History and Reunion Information

Blogging as a genuine context for student learning. Visible learning can be seen in blogs included here.

Peter Olm from North Fitzroy Primary discusses blogging being a genuine context for student learning
Jess McCullock provides expansive, genuine learning activities for her students.
Five Reasons Why Educators should use Emerging Technologies
PCV Scientists is an example of authentic student engagement in a virtual setting
Bringing Us Together is a blog that encourages classes from around the globe to engage in one place.