Archive of ‘Blogging’ category

Popplet

We used Popplet in class today to create a web of information read from Sustainability reading. Some problems arose with laptops not having up to date Flash media players. The other problem was the inability to embed due to not having linked the students blogs to the class blog at that stage.

Students were quite motivated by this medium however, and it will be interesting to persist with this. Next week I will introduce the Rubric. Might be better to start with non-fiction one. It will fit in better with what we have started. I will need to work on non-fiction one a bit.

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Quadblogging

Week Beginning    Focus Blog   Teacher   Blog Address
14th January Port Ellen Jo https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/ab/OurLearningBlog/
21st January Bidstone Ave Jane http://kidblog.org/MrsIllume/
28th January Woodston PS Lorraine http://woodstonyear6.blogspot.co.uk/
4th February Plympton PS Daniela http://room2point1.edublogs.org
25th February Port Ellen Jo https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/ab/OurLearningBlog/
4th March Bidstone Ave Jane http://kidblog.org/MrsIllume/
11th March Woodston PS Lorraine http://woodstonyear6.blogspot.co.uk/
18th March Plympton PS Daniela http://room2point1.edublogs.org

http://www.peps.ik.org/p_Home.ikml
https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/ab/OurLearningBlog/
http://kidblog.org/MrsIllume/
http://woodstonyear6.blogspot.co.uk
http://quadblogging.net

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Flattening Classroom, Engaging Minds – Chapter 2

Effective practices associated with online, collaborative projects:

  1. Joining a teacher more experienced in online projects for the first several online collaborative projects between classrooms in different countries
  2. Planning projects sufficiently far in advance to permit all partners to prepare
  3. Ensuring commitments from project partners
  4. Communicating regularly between teachers
  5. Having clear time lines in advance
  6. Using multiple communication tools, in addition to email, such as wikis, blogs, and video conferencing
  7. Using a project website to showcase student work and help to engage other classrooms in collaboration.
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Virtual Book Club

http://edsummerbookclub.wikispaces.com/home

I have started reading Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds. I am interested in the concept of getting students to collaborate with others in other schools and other parts of the world. I have seen some of the benefits discussed in the first chapter first hand – to a small extent.
Last year whilst involved in the Global Read Aloud our class connected with another class in Virginia, USA. Through this link students shared information. By posted video footage on our class blog, making comments through Edmodo, and commenting on their class blog students exchanged information. They were very motivated and interested in finding out about the differences between our cultures.
I would like to further explore the opportunities available during the year ahead. I think my next step will be to start local, make connections, practice using Skype or Google+ and then look for opportunities, within the curriculum, to expand further.

I look forward to exploring the Flattening Classrooms, Expanding Minds with other teachers around the world on January 8th, 11am Adelaide time.

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Literacy Block

Successful elements of Literacy Block this term:

  • Class novel which links with the focus area
  • Comprehension strategies modelled through the use of the class novel, e.g. visualisation, think aloud, questions, predictions, etc.
  • Finding examples of the focus in students individual texts e.g. dialogue – explore the punctuation patterns, similes, metaphors
  • Students practising the comprehension strategies during independent reading – showing proof via post it notes, records, blog entries, goal setting and review.
  • Applying author’s craft to their own work – using dialogue – characters from the class novel (Shadow Puppets), then applying this technique to their own story writing
  • Using multi-media elements to communicate their story
  • Reading the great student written stories aloud to the class

Expand next year by including:

  • Guided Reading – as per last term, but limit to three in each group to ensure engagement.
  • Regular partner reading sessions, focusing on the reading comprehension strategies
  • Build in CAFE approach by involving students in regular goal setting – Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, Expand Vocabulary
  • Develop fluency further by adding recording of students reading aloud on their blog – Audioboo, Audacity, Educreations, Show Me
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