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Blog it OUT!. By: Lynnetta Whitehurst Atlanta Public Schools Elementary Educator GAETC 2013. Educator in APS for almost 11 years Taught 2 nd , 4 th , and 5 th grades Master’s in Urban Teacher Leadership from Georgia State University (GSU)
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Blog it OUT! By: Lynnetta Whitehurst Atlanta Public Schools Elementary Educator GAETC 2013
Educator in APS for almost 11 years • Taught 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades • Master’s in Urban Teacher Leadership from Georgia State University (GSU) • Bachelor’s in Office Information Systems with a minor in Management from University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM) A Little about me
From Edmodo to www.kidblog.org, how can you use these two web tools to increase the “talking” of your students? • Edmodo, A Centralized Learning Station with Control and Fun Engagement • Daily, Weekly, or Bi-Weekly Check In • Depends on the Age Group • Available Resources • A way to “talk” about their day or any given topic via Blogging by moving through Edmodo Purpose
Log on or Create an Edmodo account at www.edmodo.com • Join the group that I set up for this conference. The group code is “ym6awz”. Join the Group!
It’s like Facebook for teachers, students, and parents. • Social network of professional learning & educational outreach • Quick Assessment Tool for you and your students • Communication hub and “look see” for parents • Interactive choice for students with its apps, ability to ask the teacher, and reply to other students’ comments Edmodo What is It?
Online talking where kids can have their own page • A “new” way to write a journal • Controlled by the teacher • Assessment of writing and grammar skills • Easy to use for kids and teachers Kidblog What is It?
Why? • Technology Inclusion • Attract the Video Generation • Address different learning styles • Transition into more of a paperless classroom • Move toward the Flip Classroom • When? • 1-2 times per week or bi-weekly • Where? • Classroom Computers (2) • Weekly trip to computer lab The 3 W’s
Set a Schedule for trips to the computer lab and rotation on the classroom computers • Be consistent AND start the first or second week of school • Student serves as a Computer Manager (SCM) • Assign a topic to be written first in their tablets or journals • Connect the content to the activities on Edmodo and the writing on the Blog • Give each day a theme (i.e. Relaxed Wednesday, Talkative Tuesday, Thinking Thursday, etc.) How?
Ask the Media Center Specialist to Co-Teach • Use your ETC (Educational Technology Specialist) or equivalent if available • Use a Form that helps logging in easier • Copy the form to place on a clipboard in alphabetical order by the classroom computers and the SCM takes it on lab visits • Send original form home with student stapled to the homework folder How?
Edmodo Exchange https://atlantapublicschools.edmodo.com/home#/group?id=5354344
Kidblog Konnection http://kidblog.org/WhitehurstWarriors_2ndGrade/6f4422dc-d69c-4b2f-87cd-82df970979ce/thinking-thursday/
Before you leave or at home, I want you to complete an assignment. • Click on your newly created Edmodo Group. (Code=ym6awz) • Read the latest post. • Answer the Poll Question. • Follow the directions to your kidblog link. (http://kidblog.org/signup/?stage=register-with-regcode) • Registration Code = egnuw7 • Set up account. • Complete a comment to the Welcome Blog. The end?