Posted on August 10, 2011 by teachernz
Saturday was my third #EduCampAKL and well worth the caffeine
fuelled drive up from Hamilton to Epsom Girls Grammar School.
There were lots of new faces, plenty of familiar ones and a few online
friends that it was great to meet face to face for the first time.
Full House at Epsom Girls Grammar School
It was a full house, populated by eager teachers/learners who saw the
value in giving up their free time to connect with like minded
colleagues from across the education sectors. It was a day to
further our understandings of third millenium pedagogy and the new tools that might be used to engage students and promote effective learning.
PD is often seen as something that is done to teachers (not always
the case IMHO) but EduCamps/Barcamps are different. There are no
reluctant participants; everyone who is there wants to be there. Twitter
once again proved itself the WD40 of social oils and made it
ridiculously easy to slip into conversations with strangers previously
Ultimately though, the day was about people*.
People sharing and discussing their thoughts, their successes, their
pitfalls and reflections. A group of likeminded educators all willing to
join with others to connect and collaborate. I wondered again what it
would be like to work in a learning environment surrounded by these
He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!
Next… EduCampBOP …see you there!
*and I got a choccy fish :-)
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Posted on December 15, 2008 by teachernz
Whichever blogging platform you decide to use, Windows Live Writer can be used to publish to it.
Installing is easy enough, just go to Windows Live
and download the latest version. Make sure you only select Live
Writer for download, unless you want the other Live programs
offered. When installing uncheck the boxes that ask if you want to
install the Microsoft toolbar or reset your homepage (of course this is
up to you).
Once installed Live Writer offers a familiar interface for users,
this was important in my selection of it as the blogging tool for
children in class. Menus and icons are mostly self-explanatory, but if
you’re not sure- hover over the item and a tooltip will identify it for
you. A sidebar contains other functions you will need, like
insert, plugins, draft posts and settings.
To set up your blog go to Tools>>Accounts…
.>>Add…>>Other Blog Service…and enter your blog details,
user name and password. Pick “remember my password” so you don’t have to
enter it every time.
To use Live Writer at school you will need to add the proxy details here. Once you’ve done all this you’re ready to post!
New >> New Post >> . . . add a title and away you go
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Posted on November 9, 2008 by teachernz
There are many free and paid tools available to publish and share
children’s work on the internet. They can be used to engage and
motivate children and can provide an authentic audience for their work.
Blogging (from web log) is simply publishing writing on a personal website, like an online diary. I started off in 2004 using blogger but later changed to wordpress.
Blogger, now owned by google,
is an easy way to set up a first blog. It is highly customizable and
allows you to easily upload photos, movies and other multimedia
elements. it has a selection of themes to choose from to alter the page
design. It does have an annoying navigation bar at the top of the page
and a “next blog” link that can take the reader to some places that are
less suitable for children. With a bit of tweaking and coding this can
WordPress became my blog
engine of choice because there was no “next blog” link. It has many
page templates to choose from, but is a bit more choosy in what it
allows its users to upload. Images are fine and if you have somewhere
to host your files you can also add a free audio player. Videos can
only be uploaded after upgrading your account with an annual payment of
Both sites are very easy to join, needing only a valid email address
(though I think Blogger may ask you to set up a google account). Click
on the email you receive as confirmation and that’s it – you’re ready to
Sometimes the login pages of
WordPress and Blogger can present children with accidental access to
unsuitable material. To eliminate this I use Windows Live Writer, a free Mocrosoft download. There are other options – you can blog from Word with this blogger plugin or you can use Word 2007 which has a built in publish to blog option.
Our class WordPress blog
Our new, experimental voicethread Blogger blog.
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Posted on October 26, 2008 by teachernz
So, enough hovering. Here’s where I’ll set up a portal for other teachers at school.
I’ll post links to software, sites and other items of interest and
reflect on some of the things that have worked well for me in class and
others that haven’t been so successful.
There are heaps of teacher/class blogs and wiki out there that I’ll
add as links, but I’d like to think that colleagues at school will be
more likely to try new things ICT if they know that this is my space and that they can discuss things with me if they want to.
I could introduce them to Twitter instead. I’ve been making class web sites and blogs since 2001, but always in isolation, an island entire. Now, via Twitter,
I’m learning from others again! For years I’ve been the guru that
people have come to for ICT help, but today I’m getting help myself
from ethereal colleagues. It feels good.
*Hoverfly “painted” in Artrage 2.5 – some post work (copy and flip the wing) in Paint.net
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Posted on October 25, 2008 by teachernz
I need to think about how I’m going to set things up for next year…
- Adding Live Writer to all the class computers for children to post to glenview9
- Rearranging the physical layout of the classroom
- Introducing PBWiki in term one or even during meet the teacher at the end of term four
- Publicizing the blog and wiki to parents (and the school community) and encouraging comments and participation
- Integrating it all into the classroom and replacing some of the bookwork children do
Where to start? I’ve hovered around the fringes of Web 2.0 for the
past few years dipping my toes in the water here and there – time to jump in.
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