Monday, August 28, 2006

Blogs again


"If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow."- John Dewey (1859 - 1952)

Could I talk about blogging - weblogging - once more?
Maybe a class weblog is the answer to running your class web site. It's very easy to set up and from there, very easy to update and maintain. You can add images and links easily and parents could easily add feedback! You could also use Flickr or MSN to store your class digital photos and link from your web page to there. Use the web!
Instructions for setting up an account to create an online photo album using MSN.
Let me know if you would like to try setting up a class website like this or have a look at these free blog sites:
http://www.blogger.com/start
http://edublogs.org/
http://www.xanga.com/
Examples of classroom blogs:
http://marykreul.teacherhosting.com/blog/
http://stephaniedean.edublogs.org/
http://theopenclassroom.blogspot.com/
http://bobsprankle.com/blog/
or
http://mamamusings.net/
In support of student blogs:
http://www.rediff.com/netguide/2003/jun/12media.htm
Western Australian Dept of Education site on Weblogs in the classroom:
http://www.det.wa.edu.au/education/cmis/eval/curriculum/ict/weblogs/index.htm



Question of the week: How many Planets are there in our Solar System? Answer Here




This week's interesting websites:


How to Eat Fried Worms is a book by Thomas Rockwell about to become a movie:
Trailer:
http://www.apple.com/trailers/newline/howtoeatfriedworms/
Book Unit:
http://www.mce.k12tn.net/reading/fried_worms_unit.htm


The National Gallery in London has a current feature - Reflections on the Water - well worth a virtual tour: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/collection/features/potm/aug/feature1.htm?GXHC_GX_jst=8258c07950ea6164

More next week

R

Images this week - Central Otago Rail Trail, New Zealand.

3 comments:

Michelle said...

Hi Ross,

Have been enjoying reading your bloggs. Some very useful information and great websites for future reference.

After reading this weeks blog, would this mean that we would be able to replace our current web pages with bloggs? It seems as though it may be easier to update through the use of a blog, if so I'm definitely interested!

Anonymous said...

Well, firstly I go for 8 planets after reading an article on the weekend about poor old Mr ???? who first identified Pluto!!

I am enjoying the dialogue and opportunities the blog provides. W

Pleiades said...

Enjoying the new website developments as I am a very inexperienced blogger.
Seems to be potentially a very interactive way for the School to communicate.
Kind Regards
Me
PS One less planet now that poor Pluto has been declared a dwarf.