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It’s a blogger’s life

- A year in the life of a Web 2.0 beginner

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First, important things to know...

  • I AM NOT AN ICT EXPERT!!!
    • I am a Spanish teacher, who was taught how to use PowerPoint 3 years ago.
    • I do not know how the Internet works, I just push buttons, especially the back button when things go wrong.
    • The ideas that I pass on in this session are not...
    • Completely comprehensive
    • They will not destroy your life
      • 3) No notes needed- will be on www.chrisfuller.typepad.com
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“If school is to be a truly rewarding experience for today’s students, it must be relevant to them.”

Connected magazine, Learning and teaching Scotland

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During this session, we will be looking at the following aspects;

  • blogging
  • podcasting
  • using mobile phones to enhance learning
  • using wikis
  • digital video
  • some further ideas to look into
what is a blog

Blogging

What is a blog?!?!?!
  • Blog= weblog
    • Traditionally used as an online diary
    • A typical blog combines a variety of media forms
    • Key element is huge increase in interactivity- INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY.
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Blogging

  • In educational terms, usually divide into 2 types of blog

Class blogs

www.edgehillcollege.typepad.com

http://thegordonschools.typepad.co.uk/ratemymates/

Reflective teacher blogs

http://edu.blogs.com/edublogs/ (Ewan McIntosh)

www.joedale.typepad.com (Joe Dale)

www.chrisfuller.typepad.com (Me)

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Blogging

  • What can we actually use a blog for?!?!
    • Showing pupils’ work
    • Sharing files
    • Showing pupils videos etc
    • Increasing Assessment for Learning
    • Increasing pupil independence and self-evaluation
why use blogs

Blogging

Why use blogs?
  • Motivation- make the world your classroom wall
    • Learning no longer confined to exercise books
    • Who is the audience for work which goes into an exercise book?
    • Truly global perspective
      • Can be demonstrated by visitors maps on blogs
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Blogging

Why use blogs?
  • Writing
    • Increased motivation- will be viewed by more than just the teacher
    • Very obvious to all when their peers’ work is missing from the blog
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Blogging

Why use blogs?
  • Reading
    • Principal skill gain- pupils constantly reading each other’s work
    • Allows free choice of which sections to read
    • Aids pupil independence
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Blogging

Why use blogs?
  • Speaking
    • Oral vocab lists to aid pronunciation
    • Pupil and teacher generated podcasts
    • Speaking tests / exercises

=learning opportunity rather than just an assessment opportunity

    • Provides a platform for pupil-made videos
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Blogging

Why use blogs?
  • Listening
    • To podcasts
    • To videos (pupil created, music, adverts, football commentaries etc)
    • To peers’ work
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Blogging

Why use blogs?
  • Assessment for Learning
    • Comment function allows peer assessment using “Two Stars and a Wish formula”

= 2 positive elements

+ 1 element to work at next time

    • Self-assessment as pupils comment on their own work and thus self target set.
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Blogging

That’s the theory- how have I actually used the school blog?

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Blogging

Listening

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Blogging

  • On the blog this is a listening exercise, but...
  • Pupils had to write scripts
  • Pupils read and peer-assessed each other’s scripts
  • Pupils read the script out
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Blogging

Music video

- great cultural input

- an interesting homework to end topic of body parts

- Year 8 pupils were mostly humming the song round school for next few days

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Blogging

Speaking

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Blogging

  • www.gizmoz.com
  • www.voki.com
  • - Pupils write scripts
  • Peer assess
  • Practise
  • Record
  • High level of enjoyment
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Blogging

  • Year 2 and 3- same rules apply
  • Wrote scripts
  • Peer-assessed and improved by adding conjunctions
  • Practised together
  • Recorded
  • Listened to each other’s and gave a mark out of 5 for accent and detail
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Blogging

Reading

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Blogging

  • Year 8 wrote Guess Who style self-descriptions
  • For next homework, pupils read the descriptions and left a comment saying who they were
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Blogging

  • Desires for this year
  • Higher Level pupils to leave comments in TL
  • Potential for pupils to use gabcast.com to leave voicemail messages for on the blog
  • Put online video conferences for viewing after the event, either using Skype / Pretty May or Flashmeeting
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Blogging

Who provides the blog facility?

  • TypePad - www.typepad.com
    • Easiest for inserting fun stuff (provider that I use)
  • Blogger - www.blogger.com
  • Edublogs - www.edublogs.org
  • Wordpress - www.wordpress.org
  • Many, many more…
to learn about further tools to complement blogs

Blogging

To learn about further tools to complement blogs
  • www.slideshare.net
  • www.slide.com
  • www.flickr.com
  • www.zamzar.com/url
  • www.blip.tv
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Podcasting

What is a podcast?

- effectively an audio file which is then put onto the Internet

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Podcasting

How have I used them?

- Grammar series

- pupil recordings

- pupil grammar explanations

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Podcasting

Grammar series

created to help reinforce grammar learning OUTSIDE of the classroom

- responding to a request by a pupil

- FANTASTIC for audio learners

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Adding the podcast to iTunes

  • Motivation
  • Can put onto MP3 players / computers and listen to work again, rather than just forgetting it

Podcasting

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Podcasting

  • Sounds hard, but isn’t!
  • Use a podcast host, eg www.jellycast.com
  • www.podomatic.com
  • 2) Copy the feed address which you will be given
  • Eg http://edgehill.jellycast.com/podcast/feed/56
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Scroll down, and you will see this box
  • You want to Submit a Podcast
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Podcasting

Pupil recordings

- selected recordings again put onto iTunes

(EdgehillCast)

- huge motivator- notable impact on quality

- great revision tool

- pupils listen to their recordings repeatedly whilst editing

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Podcasting

Pupil grammar explanations

- benefit of explaining to others

- need for script

- peer assessment on podcasts

- minimal teacher input, maximum output

- pupils then have an immediate revision tool

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Podcasting

How to record a podcast...

1) Recording material

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Podcasting

  • How to record a podcast...
  • Recording material
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Podcasting

  • How to record a podcast...
  • Recording material
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Podcasting

  • How to record a podcast...
  • Recording material
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Podcasting

  • How to record a podcast...
  • Recording material
  • Audacity for PCs- www.download.com
  • + LAME FE
  • (allows you to export as MP3)
  • OR Garageband for Macs
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Using mobile phones

  • Issues:
  • Banned in many schools
  • Risks of inappropriate behaviour
  • Fear of pupil intercompetition
  • Concern of pupils not having a phone
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Using mobile phones

  • However, there are huge benefits...
  • Enjoyment and motivation- MFL becomes cool again
  • Speaking the pupils’ language whilst teaching them ours
  • Increasing range of services available via WAP
    • e.g. YouTube, www.mobilephrasebooks.com
    • Allows learning to be extended well beyond classroom and lesson time
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Using mobile phones

  • Useful tools available on most mobile phones...
  • Voice recorder
  • Camera
  • Video camera
  • Stop-watch
  • Bluetooth
  • Ability to play-back videos and music

How much would it cost a department to have enough of these to share between 2?

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Ideas for video projects using mobiles...

  • Describing school as go round it
  • Describing local area
  • Guide to saving the environment
  • Following and giving directions
  • Describing friends
  • Recording grammar explanations during the lesson
  • Issue: how to get the recordings back to the teacher
  • Options- 1) bluetooth them to a computer
  • 2) bluetooth them to teacher’s phone
  • 3) other options?

Using mobile phones

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Using mobile phones

For example, directions:

- in pairs, pupils decide which room they will give directions to

- write script

- walk around the building and record the directions

- swap phones / bluetooth to each other and follow the instructions

- find out whether they followed instructions appropriately

FOR EXAMPLE

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Using mobile phones

House and home

- pupils build up to estate-agent style description of their house

- free choice of recording manners

- mobile phone

- voice recording

- video on camera

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Using mobile phones

Moblogging

- the ability to update a blog from distance

e.g. During a trip

- no need to wait a week to get back to the classroom

www.shozu.com – allows you to send materials to the blog from mobiles

www.gabcast.com – an answerphone with a national number, avoiding expensive phone calls.

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Using wikis

First question- what is a wiki?

- in effect, a type of webpage which can be edited by anyone who is a member of it

But this video will explain it FAR better than I ever could

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Using wikis

  • How have I used a wiki?
  • Revision for GCSEs
  • Edgehill Euro 08 project
  • Collaborative writing
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Using wikis

  • Revision for GCSE exam
  • Key is that pupils were in charge
  • During course of 2 years, pupils had recorded their answers to key GCSE questions.
  • Pupils shown how to use Jellycast, and a link set up to www.odeo.com, which provides media players.
  • Pupils add media players to their page, building up listening resources for the class, allowing peer- improvement
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Using wikis

  • Revision for GCSE exam
  • Hugely beneficial for audio learners
  • Allowed all pupils to keep pushing on
  • Made their learning distinct from other subjects
  • Could also develop joint pool of useful phrases
  • Ideal for keeping the boys interested
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Using wikis

  • 2) Edgehill Euro 08 project
  • Designed to develop understanding of the 16 European nations involved in the European football championships of June 2008
  • Wiki allowed me to
  • post a video to explain the project to teachers
  • provide technical support for teachers
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3) Collaborative writing

  • In their own user area, pupils begin to write an essay, answering a series of questions.
    • During the course of the lesson, they change users 4 or 5 times
    • - checking for errors, then enhancing the piece
  • Teacher can later see who has made what changes by viewing page history- excellent for assessment.
  • Next step is to look into the power of Google Docs

Using wikis

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Digital video

  • Always used to intrigue but scare me
  • Huge potential for learning
  • - can be posted on blog+ viewed (using www.blip.tv )
  • - can be converted for use on mobiles or iPods
  • (using www.zamzar.com to MP4 for iPods, 3G for mobiles)
  • Hugely motivational, especially when pupils understand that their work will be seen by the world!
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Digital video

Ease of editing in Windows Movie Maker

- effectively drag and drop

- crucial status of trial and error

- learning from your pupils

mine knew far more than me about it!

plenary frequently asked questions
Plenary- Frequently Asked Questions
  • Won’t it all take ages?
  • Will anyone actually look at the blog?
  • What effect will it have on my department?
  • What about Child Protection?
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If in doubt, ask...
  • Mrfulleredgehill@yahoo.co.uk
  • www.chrisfuller.typepad.com