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Uses of Blogs

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July


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Uses of BlogsAs the Digital Chalkie team were completing the second in their series on blogging (sorry to have been unable to participate) some of my colleagues at QUT have just released a book on the topic…

Uses of Blogs, an anthology of scholarly essays edited by Axel Bruns and Joanne Jacobs, is now officially available.
Axel is well-known in certain circles for his work on the idea of produsers - a concept that should be finding its way into the thinking of all educators.

 

Here’s the official blurb on the book:

Uses of Blogs brings together scholars and practitioners from a wide range of fields to offer a broad spectrum of perspectives on current and emerging uses of blogs. Blogging is rapidly developing into a mainstream activity for Internet users, but beyond the popular headlines, there has been very little serious research done on their actual application in specific, everyday contexts. One reason for this is that the variety of styles of blogging—news blogs and political commentary blogs, marketing blogs, corporate dark blogs, fictional blogs, educational blogs, to name just a few—make it difficult to generalize and to imagine how blogs might be used in particular environments. This pathbreaking new book demonstrates the application of blogs and blogging in the full range of industrial and social contexts. 

Go on, you know you want one ;)


Podcast 1 - Classroom Blogging

23

July


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Recently, Brad Hicks, Paul Reid, Kelly Anderson, Doug Symington and Reg Whitely gathered online at various corners of the internet to discuss the topic of “Classroom Blogging” in a live webcast. A big thank you to Brad Hicks for his webcasting expertise and for hosting the show. Also to the engaging interviewees and chatroom participants.

Digital Chalkie Webcast #1 Part a: Classroom Blogging (MP3 – 9.9MB – 42min 58sec)

Right click to download the audio file from here.

Show notes:

Part a: Classroom Blogging

00:00 - Introductory explanation of Digital Chalkie website and its aims. Brad http://www.web2learn.net/ interviewing Paul about Digital Chalkie.

04:50 - Brad talks about the webcast and gives instructions about how people can contribute to the live webcasts.

09:20 - Paul Reid’s take on collaborative writing and the functional literacy opportunities provided by an Instiki Wiki: http://www.instiki.org/show/HomePage

14:35 - What blogging is and how it can benefit students? Kelly Anderson talks about her recent experiences with blogging in the classroom and how it could be their reading and viewing journal. Kelly uses edublogs.org - http://www.edublogs.org/ based on Wordpress - http://www.wordpress.com

16:05 - How were the blogs set-up and what tasks were set? Kelly talks about the naming conventions for student blogs that we used with Kelly’s class to avoid identification of students

23:15 - What is commenting and how does it work?
Links to other blogs: Jo McLeay’s http://theopenclassroom.blogspot.com/ Clarence Fisher http://classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=2734 Room 208 http://bobsprankle.com/blog/

26:03 - Doug Symington from http://www.samlab.com joins in to discuss blogs and share some of his experiences from the blogosphere. Doug is a regular on http://www.edtechtalk.org and hails from Vancouver, Canada.

29:45 Brad mentions http://www.worldbridges.com - a global network of homegrown webcasting.

31:15 What happens to blogs at the end of the schools year. Kelly mentions http://www.blogbinders.com can print and bind blogs.

32:31 Doug talks about the importance on helping students become responsible web citizens. Kelly talks about liability, and privacy.

Digital Chalkie Webcast #1 Part b: Classroom Blogging (MP3 – 9.7MB – 42min 43sec)

Right click to download the audio file from here.

Show notes:

0:00 Brad fields a question via eChalk from Terri van Zetten http://missterri.wordpress.com/ regarding bullying in the classroom via blogging. Doug, and Kelly discuss this.

02:45 Paul asks how Kelly and Brad have set up their accounts to protect students from potential bullying behaviour. They explain the administrator settings http://codex.wordpress.org/Roles_and_Capabilities and setting up Bloglines as an aggregator for reading/keeping up with student blog posts. http://www.bloglines.com

17:15 Doug talks about using Flickr http://www.flckr.com and Blogger http://www.blogger.com to introduce people to blogging and web 2.0.

28.40 Reg Whitely joins in talks about setting up Wordpress with some of his Year 7 students. http://beachlands.wordpress.com/ (NB: unfortunately the live stream starts dropping out at this point).

For Digital Chalkie’s live show Brad Hicks and I chose to use the word webcast because the audio is released live (streamed) onto the web. The streaming audio comes through like a radio station to iTunes or Real Audio as the user chooses -unlike this podcast, which is released as an MP3 or in an RSS enclosure after the webcast has occurred. In time we will post an enhanced podcast with links and pictures etc that users will be able to subscribe to within iTunes (for example) and which will be archived on the Digital Chalkie podcast page.

Another ‘live’ feature of the webcast that accompanies the streaming audio file is that listeners can join the text-based chatroom. We use Skype to record all conversation within the ‘SkypeCast room’. We will release a podcast of the event which will be an edited version accompanied by a transcript of the webcast.

We welcome the participation of other Digital Chalkies to the follow-up Classroom Blogging Webcast 2 next Sunday. If you have any questions on the topic of blogging please send them to webcast@digitalchalkie.com and we will raise them during the show. Please provide us with some feedback, discuss the topic and the new Digital Chalkie webcast in the comments below.

Join us live for Part 2 of Classroom Blogging with the live webcast from 17.00hrs GMT+8 on Sunday July 30.


Webcast 1 : classroom blogging

09

July


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PodcastLogoDraftDigital Chalkie is about to begin live webcasting with the assistance of the Worldbridges network. The ‘webcast’ technique allows us to have listeners ask questions live via the associated chatroom and skypecast. The show will be aimed at bringing teachers together to discuss the use of technology in the classroom, allowing them to share their experiences and gain support from those with expertise in particular areas. It is hoped that these discussions will be webcast on a fortnightly basis. Join Paul Reid and Brad Hicks (and some special guests - hopefully) as they kick off the first Digital Chalkie webcast with a discussion about “classroom blogging” this Wednesday. We will be discussing some of the technical solutions available eg. Wordpress, Blogger, Moodle etc and best practice pedagogy associated with the use of blogs. The first show will go to air on Wednesday the 12th of July at 2.00pm West Australian Time (4pm AEST, 6am GMT). Shows will be available in a ‘podcast’ format after the show. Prior to the show you are invited to submit questions/issues for discussion to webcast@digitalchalkie.com. We’d love to have Digital Chalkie authors join the chatroom and the live discussion (via Skype) on the day. More details about how to do this will be posted in the next few days. A podcast and transcript will be available shortly after the event. We look forward to your support and suggestions for the show.

Regards
Paul Reid and Brad Hicks


Free Blogging in the Classroom

10

June


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I have been checking out the online blog with upper primary and secondary. Most students have really enjoyed it and love having their own domain name. I have used wordpress.com. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the secondary Aboriginal ESL classes attempted to write their first blog with Standard Australia English. The amount of reading needed to set up a blog and change the theme and profile was daunting for many of our kids so the original lessons were full on for me as the teacher. My year 4s have started a class blog, I have only given them one username at this stage and they write their first name at the bottom of the blog. I think it will only be 5 top students who will really use it, but that will be good extension activity for them. The next step is to help the teaching staff understand that these children want to be part of the Net, to publish; not just view it and make PowerPoint presentations.


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  • Jen Zupp: I totally agree with Jenny's reason to take it off. I have spent thousands of hours keeping my website up which is pretty much a directory of quality websites I find online. If I had created a masterpiece like...
  • Kristy Dickson: I agree with Paul, $20 000, $80 000, or whatever they cost, kids are losing interest. I think they have their place for a bit of drill and practice occasionally, but I wouldn't pay for them. Motivation and...
  • Ingrid: I'm distraught that rain forest maths is not available. My 3/4 kids loved it. My kids loved it and it is so easy to cater for their abilities with the different levels. Anyone know if there's a chance it will be up...
  • Azam Ali: my kids love this site, they come on rainforest to learn. Anyone trying to stop kids education is playing with our future. Shame on people who are greedy for money and dont care for the future.
  • Bryn Jones: Channel 4 in the UK has £50million to develop new media content. Ewan McIntosh has some role in it as Digital Commissioner for Scotland. Jobs open now! http://www.4ip.org.uk/
  • Thomas Goodwin: Paul Reid has pointed educators in the right direction (create and collaborate) however he started from an incorrect premise; The Learning Federation's Digital Resources are completely different from the...
  • Patricia Corby: Phew, what a terrific wealth of useful info here! Thanks Paul. In reference to this comment "They need to move from static to dynamic in form" as an overall comment it is relevant but being fair some are...
  • Paul Reid: If everyone's Math is correct the Teaching & Learning Federation pays $20k for jpeg pictures Learning Objects! eg these ones shown here http://www.thelearningfederati on.edu.au/for_teachers/what...
  • Janice Millard: its not fair that my class can't go on rain forest maths because of other people copying we were going to do a test on it but it was closed down my class was very upset not very happy!