The Power of Blogging

The third session in eT@lking from the Australia Series was called the Power of Blogging. As time had been short in organization, I talked about blogging and how effective it was for me and my students.

To my surprise Purti, from India told me via gtalk 2hours before the session that her class was going to listen in as they wanted to start blogging. This was a completely different audience to that intended but what wonderful use of the technolgy. Perhaps some sessions should be just tailored for teachers and their classes.

Again the global participants nearly outnumbered the Australian ones. They came from India, Israel, Singapore, Malaysia, China and Australia. The chat was amazing and there was a lot o fsharing of resources, advice and many questions asked. Thanks to those who attended. The next session will be on Wednesday, March 3rd at 8pm, Melbourne Australia time. The guest presenter will be Amanda Marrinan, from NSW, Australia and the topic is “Too Young for Technology?” Amanda presented at the 2009 NECC conference in USA and will tell us how her little ones have connected with other global classrooms through blogging. Please join us.

Listen to the recording on The Power of Blogging.

Here are some of the links that were shared during this session. They came out of the chat room from some of the participants. If I have missed some, please add them as a comment below.

1. The session was based on the experiences with my class blog (I teach ICT to years 7 -12, and accounting, years 11 and 12, so it is actually many classes) and my teacher blog.

2. Great tips, hints, advice and tutorials on blogging with edublogs

3. Resources on cybersafety “The Talent Show” and “The Bulletin Board” (ssedro suggestions) and cybernetrix

4. Sample of an eportfolio

5. Examples of great student blogs

6. Guidelines on blog comments

7. Ssedro suggested the following avatar creation sites: reasonably clever, build your wild self, mr picasso head, doll makers, vokis

8. Some widgets (pieces of code) to add to blogs: clustrmaps, weather pixie, clocks, flag counterrevolver maps etc

Some other great comments:-

Rowan Peter likes blogging for the “accumulation of content/existence’ that occurs on the student’s blog as they graduate from year to year”

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