We had another fantastic week in my classroom! At the end of the week the last blog permission form came back to school. Now all sixteen of my grade two students have permission to take part in our classroom blog and create posts on their own blog. Everyone is allowed to have their picture posted onto our blog and can have videos or audio clips posted onto the blog as well. (Insert happy dance!!) I was able to finishing creating the remaining individual student blogs for those two students who handed in their permission forms. I was beginning to think about what those two students would have done if they did not return their forms back while the other fourteen students were blogging. I was thinking about students creating a notebook blog and if they handed in their form then I could scan their work and upload it onto their blog. Has anyone else experienced students not handing in a permission form? If you had students that could not participate on the blog what did you have those students do while other students were blogging?
My students are almost finished their community project! Please take a look at my students working on building their community projects! They all have been working very hard at finishing up their project and adding in their own creativity. It has been a lot of fun watching their designs come to life. Next week we are going to put the final touches on the project by creating roads and placing their buildings on the roads around the community. I was hoping to record an audio clip or video of my students finishing up this project and talk about their community. I was wondering if anyone knows if you are able to post audio clips or videos without using Youtube? Or is Youtube one of the only ways you can post videos easily onto a blog? If Youtube is the main way to post videos onto a blog then do teachers need to get parents to fill out another permission form if you are uploading videos onto Youtube? If you have any tips or advice on the best way to post videos or audio clips onto a blog please leave me a comment on my blog. I would really appreciate it!
I was able to accomplish almost everything from my to do list that I wrote about in my previous post. My students each drew a self portrait of themselves. A few students were away so they will need to finish their self portrait next week. I was able to help add their self portrait onto their individual blog pages and create their blog avatar. We talked about why they were using a drawing for their avatar on their blog instead of using a photograph. It led to a good discussion about posting pictures onto the Internet. For the header of their blog my students decided that they wanted to use their Dot Day art work that they created. During Dot Day my students rotated around to different stations and were able to create a variety of artwork pieces using different mediums. Each student choose their favourite piece from Dot Day to become the header artwork for their blog page and I helped them post their art onto their blog as well. My students were really excited to see their work posted onto their blogs. Please explore our classroom blog and check out my students art work! A lot as been added onto our blogs this week! I know my students would be excited to see that more people have visited our blog and their own blog. If you have time please leave a comment on my students individual blogs as well. My students would be thrilled to read your thoughts!
Photo Credit: Picture Taken By Mrs. Kyle
On Thursday my students brainstormed ideas of what they wanted to write for their about me page as a class. During our class discussion I wrote down their ideas of what they wanted to share on their about me. After the brainstorming was over students recorded their ideas in their journals. On Friday I taught my students how to log onto their blog so they could create and type their about me page. I am very thankful that I have a Smartboard in my classroom because it made it easier for my students to follow along and for me to model what to do. I was also lucky that I had another adult in the room during blogging time. She was able to help my students as well if they had any problems. I had a few students away Friday and some had to leave class a bit early for Missoula Children’s Theatre practice since they performed Friday evening. Check out Secret Agent #15s about me page and all my other fabulous Secret Agents in my class! This coming week students will be given the opportunity to finish or create their about me page on their own blog!
I was away from school for a few days so we did not have time to co-create criteria together on what they think a good blog post looks like. I plan on co-creating criteria for a blog post on Tuesday. Then later in the week when students create a blog post about their community project they will have a guideline of expectations to follow. Since I was away we did not have a lot of time to blog during the week. I did have a few students who typed out their about me pages fast and wanted to continue blogging so they created their first blog post discussing what they have been learning about in school. Last year I found so many of the students who struggled with writing and did not want to write, but loved blogging using Edublogs. I am not sure if it was the novelty of being able to type on the computer or having an larger audience of people reading their ideas and seeing pictures of their work, but I enjoyed last year seeing their faces light up while they were blogging. I looking forward to seeing my students reactions while they are blogging and hearing their opinions about blogging as they begin to understand more what a blog is and what they can post.
This past week my students did a great job remembering safety online when reviewing the going places safely lesson. On Wednesday I will introduce my class to the common sense education lesson about ABC Searching. As a class we will talk about the proper way to search online and I will introduce to them to a picture dictionary. I will have students go onto the websites that was suggested on lesson plan and have students work together to create an ABC book. I am looking forward to continuing to reflect on the safety topic as students work on their searching skills.
Please check back later in the week to read about how my major digital project is progressing with my students!