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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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Week Beginning    Focus Blog   Teacher   Blog Address
14th January Port Ellen Jo
21st January Bidstone Ave Jane
28th January Woodston PS Lorraine
4th February Plympton PS Daniela
25th February Port Ellen Jo
4th March Bidstone Ave Jane
11th March Woodston PS Lorraine
18th March Plympton PS Daniela

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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

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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