Actually, the presentation is more about using blogs at school and in class, rather than anything specific about using this great tool for students and teachers. If you are keen to see more about the actual blogED platform check out this great video overview, my delicious bookmarks or this Prezi by Craig Snudden.
I know it is traditional to actually present your material, then provide the copy for delegates but I am hoping to try something a little different for this workshop.
If you do check out the Prezi and notes below, please suggest OTHER IDEAS that are likely to engage students with blogging. The delegates can have a look at the end the workshop, or even better, participants may assist build an evolving resource, with their own suggestions posted afterwards (or during the presentation).
In my perfect world, the most enthusiastic post follow-up comments about their blogging efforts, later in the year, with links to their own blogs and reflections.
Prezi – oddly enough ;O) – tends to work best with the presenter’s narrative rather than being placed soundlessly online. To counter this, I have posted some notes below, which may help fill the gaps, to show more of what content will accompany the slides.
1. Student Representative Council: the students at our school named their SRC blog, OURSPACE. The posts varied greatly, covering topics like the MADD (Music, Art, Dance & Drama) Night, a school play, the Breakfast Club, uniform issues, excursions, recycling, student elections, a video conference with another school (thanks Victor) and social media. There were many comments and very positive student input. Here’s an article with more detail about the idea (last page).
2. Engagement & Activism: what’s the point of blogging unless you care passionately about something. Why should it just be the SRC that get to agitate for positive change? Students care about the future and a blog allows engagement with other young people and our world. Which kids in your class will enjoy having this kind of a voice? Our school has some Aboriginal students becoming involved with the Junior AECG in leadership positions who are keen to link up with other kids in our Learning Community. They will be blogging next term!
3. Digital Citizenship: our school ihas commenced a blog for Year 6 transistioning to high school as part of our focused Peer Support program facilitated by Year 9. This is a long running tradition at the school which culminates with the Peer Support Leaders accompanying their charges on a week long camp when they commence Year 7. Years 7 and 8 already have Year Advisor run blogs which covers aspects of this program.
4. How many blogging unit ideas can be accessed via our PLNs? Twitter and Yammer (where there is a blogED community) would be a great place for teachers keen to learn about blogging to connect with other educators.
5. Creative Commons: it is just essential that students and teachers are exposed to this concept and copyright during blogging – the earlier the better
6. Fragments: this idea is Troy Martin‘s – see f. below
7. Personal Interest Projects: blogED quire simply is a perfect teaching resource that allows students to connect and collaborate to research and present. What an opportunity to engage kids’ where they are at, perhaps in teams or pairs.
8. Reflection: the first unit I ever wrote about using blogs in class was in 2004 (page 71) and it focused on reflection. It still seems to be the best use of a blog. A teacher can commence a class blog and in simple, brief posts have children reflecting and interacting. Often, the most reluctant to contribute in class will type quite happily.
9. Assessment: quite simply, how would you use a blog for summative and formative assessment? Please post a comment for the delgates. Please.
10. Social media: how could a class or school using blogs to explore cybersafety and issues to do with ‘the medium’ and societal change? Please post a comment for the delgates. Please.
a. Slide 2: Angela Kasimis created this image (using Wordle and our SRC photo)
b. Slide 6: Barack Obama Flickr
c. Slide 13: Post from OurSpace blog
d. Slide 19 Tagxedo.com cloud of my Delicious bookmarks
e. Slide 21 Tagxedo.com cloud of Digital Citizenship blog used for the header