Monday, May 23, 2011

class blogging

For the first time since I started blogging with my class, my students are making the blog their own. They are commenting at home, and searching for things to put on the blog even if it is silly video clips. With a little help from house points, they are now getting their parents to comment as well.  Several students have become very good at loading pictures, videos and finding their drafts to edit and publish. 
I am feeling good about the blog.
I just wish the background would work at school, not only just at home.  I tried to copy the background and load it but that doesn't seemed to have worked either.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

ICT Cluster day

Today the cluster came to my school for the day.  We walked around the classes, and to see the amount of ICT going in on the classrooms.  Everyone had made a real effort. That was FABULOUS to see how far we had come.

Marie was using with some of her students in Year 2.  I had a quick look at the site when we got back to computers.  I think if I was a junior teacher I love this site at the beginning of the year.  I have a special needs child and there is some great story writing ideas for her to use.

One of things I really like about the cluster day is the sharing of sites, ideas and our Dear Abby where we share problems.  It is good to know we are not alone with our problems.  The sharing of ideas and sites help me stay current.

My class blog

This past week, my students have been blogging on our class blog from home.  It has caused some to be more enthusiastic and they have been doing recounts.  I encouraged  (bribed) them with house points as well.  They are much more confident with posting and loading videos. The house points has made us share to check that the homework is done and allocated the points.  They like the sharing this way, and help each other.  I have added house points as homework this week to get their parents to comment.  I have also added a small slot in my timetable called Blog appreciation and we do a shared post, and look at other blogs and make comments as a class.
I have given permission for them to add appropriate, non racist, not rude etc and parental check.

They are very keen to change the voki.  I keep avoiding it.