Here in Tasmania we are not used to having term two start in May – this is the first time we have had four terms per year instead of three.
During the recent holidays I ran refresher sessions for teachers in the north and south of the state.
Check out some of the work by our newer bloggers as well as a couple who have started again since last year.
The blog at Westbury is run by a group of grade 6 girls with initials of FEAST.
After seeing the blog from Miss D&D from Longford, Mr Guy at Evandale decided to get his blog going again and asked the other grade 3/4 teacher at his school to join him. What a great start to their blogs this term!
The class of 4LB have been getting lots of comments for their posts – many from overseas as can be seen on their clustrmap.
I am impressed with the Monday Inspiration posts from Mrs Smith and Clark’s class. Mrs Smith is only there one day a week. What a great way to start the day with inspiration from the students.
Students are starting to write the posts on the blog in Mrs Thomsett’s class. Can you leave a comment on this post from Sophie?
The students from Mrs Wells’s class have been doing a lot of reading and learning about early Australian History.
I will be leaving Tasmania on 23 May and heading to America for five weeks. I will be visiting Washington DC to check out the Smithsonian Museum and the Holocaust Museum. Then I will be driving around the southern states for three weeks to finish at San Antonio for a conference on technology in education. I will be presenting a poster session about the student blogging challenge which I run twice a year.
If you want help, I will still only be an email away or if the time zones allow maybe even a skype call.
Photo Credit: Brett L. via Compfight
As you may have noticed, we have a lot more class blogs listed on the links in the sidebar. This is because many teachers took part in some professional development during the school holidays and began learning about using a class blog as part of their curriculum.
Some teachers have decided to keep their blogs private at this stage until they have taught their students about quality commenting and how to write great posts. But most blogs are open to the world, so please start visiting them and connecting students within our state. If you want to know what the posts are about, check out the widget on the right sidebar “Posts from all our blogs”.
Here are some great posts from last year and some from this year that your students might like to comment on:
You will all be receiving a copy of this post in your email because I have added all the teachers and students who are administrators of blogs to the blog subscription list. That way, you will know every time I have written a post. All the posts will help you in some way to improve your blog or topics to write about on your blogs.
If you need any help with your blog, just send me a message by email (see widget on right sidebar) or use the blog inbox where I am tasteach.
Often teachers new to blogging find it difficult to get into a routine of using their blog in their classroom. After a few months, no new posts are being added, therefore no new visitors are arriving to leave comments.
Silvia Tolisano from the blog Langwitches has created a great poster about the skills you learn while blogging. She also has posters on using wikis, podcasting, digital storytelling and video conferencing. You can download them from her flickr page to use in your room.
She has also created other pdf documents about blogging – a lesson plan about a unit on blogging and a rubric for writing posts and leaving comments.
Kathleen Morris, who I recently met at a conference in San Diego, also writes many posts about using blogs in the classroom. She has connected with many teachers overseas and regularly joins with teachers in creating global collaborative projects.
Remember an important part about blogging is visiting other blogs – check out the widgets, read the posts and most importantly leave great comments. Each month I will write a post suggesting some great local, interstate and overseas blogs to visit.