Making global connections

An important part of blogging is making global connections. But this can be difficult to do, if you don’t know any other teachers or students around the world, only those in your own state or school. Here are a few guides that might help you on this task.

Students: If you have your own student blog, join the next student blogging challenge which begins in September. Find out how to register your blog at this link, then each week starting 9th September, visit the blog to get the activities to try over the next week. Once you have registered, start visiting the other students who are also in the challenge. You might like to add some of these student blogs to your blogroll, especially if you visit that student often.

Classes: You can also join the student blogging challenge as a class. Find out how to register at this link, then start connecting with other classes that are similar in age to you.

Teachers:

  • Have you joined Twitter yet? This allows me to have lots of resources at my fingertips as well as lots of professional development which costs the school nothing and only my time for me.
  • Check out the hashtag #globalclassroom in a search engine. Lots of links to projects happening around the world.
  • Visit the globalclassroom blog to find out about projects on a global scale. These educators also have a wiki with lots of projects mentioned.
  • Want to connect with blogging?  Then look at quadblogging or blogdipping.
  • Do you have a Skype account at your school? Perhaps take part in a mystery skype call.
  • Join the iEarn projects where students have a real voice and can make a difference in the world.

But even if you don’t do any of the above mentioned things, by writing interesting blog posts,  visiting other blogs and leaving high quality comments you will start making connections.

  • Students at Oatlands grade 8 have been asked to join with another grade 8 in Iowa, USA.
  • Mr Weir 3/4 has been asked to work with another grade 3 class in Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Mr Price 3/4 has been asked to join with a class in Stittsville, Canada.

Image source: (NASA-GSFC), NASA. earth_from_space.jpg. 11.07.2002. Pics4Learning.

Using embed code

 

Have you been visiting other blogs and seeing:

  • class pets
  • Vokis
  • revolver maps
  • Animoto slideshows
  • videos
  • photopeach slideshows
  • flag counters

and wondering how you can add them to your blog?

You need to use embed code.

Instead of me writing a complete post about how to do this, I am going to send you to another blog which already has it set out step by step.

On your class blogroll under “Get help here” you will have a link to Edublogs Help and support. This is the very first place I go to if I want to find out how to do something with my blog.

Once on that page, go to the Edublogs full user guide which categorises the posts that will help you improve your blog.

Or teachers, you  might want to visit the Handouts, worksheets and PD page. Some great things to use in case the internet goes down during a blogging session. There is also a curriculum corner with lots of fantastic ideas for using blogs in class.

You will notice students will need to have at least author responsibility if adding images and other media including videos and embed code to their posts.

If I can’t find the answer at Edublogs help and support, I will next go to the Edublogger where Sue Waters from Western Australia and Ronnie Burt from Texas, USA write informative posts about blogging. Again there is a link to this on your class blog sidebar blogroll.

PS If you have a Smartboard in your room and have the notebook version 11, there is a Voki widget tab where you can add embed code in your notebook pages.

Image: Source at flickr

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