Blogs - Red Beach School

Technology in the
Junior Classroom
We will share how we bring E-Learning into
everyday learning situations, using different
forms of technology to enhance learning and to
develop children’s technical skills.
What do YOU want to know?
Why e-learning?
We had to ask ourselves –
what will be the best way to
use this equipment to
empower children?
We decided on…..blogging
What is a blog?
• A typical blog combines text, images, and links
to other blogs, Web pages, and other media.
• Blogs in plain English
• Most blogs are usually
textual, but some also
focus on art ,
photographs, videos,
music (MP3) and audio
(pod casting).
• Web 2 tools are used to
upload pictures, video
and audio and they are
very easy to use.
Why should we have blogs?
Brilliant Blogging
NZ Curriculum
• Children should be confident, connected and
actively involved life long learners.
• They should be motivated, effective users of
communication tools
Key competencies
• Children will use language
• Children will be exposed to symbols and text
• Children will be participating and contributing
Why we do Blogging
Children have become more computer
literate. They have become more
confident to use cameras, Flip videos and
are even taking part in the design of the
blog content and layout.
They have discovered that they have an
audience for their work. This has positively
influenced the quality and style of their
authentic work.
They have become empowered and feel
that they have a platform to air their views
and to get messages across.
Children are excited about their learning
and want to show off! (Rubbish Busters)
The children look at other blogs in the
school – interact with other classes.
More reasons…
•They have been exposed to each other’s work and had
their own work recognized and celebrated.
•Parents are actively involved with more learning
conversations taking place at home
•Teaching material for topic (photos, pictures, videos) is
easily accessible for children to look at as often as they
want to.
•Children tend to reflect orally about their work when
they read their own or other children’s work.
•The children feel they are connected to the world
around them – “We’re all in this together.”
Tips for managing a successful
• Don’t try and do it all at once.
• Make your blog a place that the children visit
frequently and want to visit.
• Update quite often, even if it is a small entry to
maintain interest. But don’t stress yourself out.
Tips continued…
• Give each child a chance to feature on the
• Get the parents on board and encourage them
to leave comments.
• Make it colourful and interactive.
And some more great tips!
• Advertise your blog often to
keep viewers interested.
• Encourage the children to
take ownership and to be
involved in designing
content and the look of the
• Embed You Tube, I Tunes,
etc. Kids love sound,
movement and colour.
• Use the blog as a teaching
tool – Maths and Reading
tumbles, links to current
topics, games etc.
Managing Blogging in the
Classroom Programme
• Sandpit time for the teacher
• Sandpit time on all ICT equipment for students–
Spot the experts and create leadership opportunities
Managing Blogging…cont’d
• Reading/Maths tumbles (independent
activities that link directly to learning
• Recording poems on Easi-speak (Winter)
• Learning songs for production – children
reading and singing
• Groups using cameras/Flip-Video around
the school
• Buddy learning of MovieMaker
The Challenges…
Power failure
Server crash with ICT technician in Turkey
Interrupted teaching time to problem solve
Addiction and late nights
Sites blocked by school
Cyber-safety agreements need to be up to
Parent voice…..
Red Beach School
• By Jill Watt - Brain Surgeon
• By Linda McPhail – Snail Collector

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