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Our Director of ICT Kerry Turner @4goggas asked me to come up with some ideas and useful Web 2.0 apps and sites for class blogs.  My starting point was Tom Barrett’s @tombarret blog  http://edte.ch .  Tom is a primary Deputy Head from Nottinghamshire with a passion for technology.  On his blog is a collaborative project Interesting Ideas for Class Blog Posts.  This is fantastic and I am going to add some of the ideas I have discovered whilst researching for this post.

  1. Share a photo of your classroom.  Explain about the different parts of it and how it is being used. Invite other teachers and classes to write a similar blog post explaining about their classroom. Encourage children from your class to leave comments about what they like about it or even suggestions for changes they would like to see.

Spreadsheet work Year 7

2.  Publish children’s work. Don’t just post work that is flawless but also invite       comments and suggestions on work that can be improved.

3.  Publish your shared writing. As you produce writing with the class in your       lessons, post it to your blog and invite the class or blog visitors to                       improve something and to comment.

4.  Share your classroom rules or charter. This can be done at the beginning        of the year and is a good way to share your class agreement with the                    wider community.

5.  Share a photograph of a classroom display.

6.  Post a video of SMARTBoard or IWB session during a maths lesson. For             example the written methods for multiplication could be included, the                         children can use it as a revision aid – the parents get to see how the                      school wants it set out AND the children get to comment on their                         favoured method.

Plant Cells

7.  Posting images from a digital microscope for the children to comment               on. “What is under our microscope?” – or even asking for people to guess        what the image is and to comment on the suggestions.

8.  Posting homework tasks every week – eg. maths problems, or an excerpt             from a book/poem; children to comment as their task.  This can become collaborative as students comment on each other’s comments.

versiones de picasso on PhotoPeach
9.  Create an Art Gallery

Post pictures of all of the artwork created in a session and make a gallery   or  slideshow.  You could create a Picasa slideshow for the sidebar that can be continually updated. You need to have a multi user blog to actually embed the slideshow, but if you click on the image you can see what the PhotoPeach slideshow looks like.

10. Post Concept Cartoons for science prior to a lesson or week of work. Students are asked to comment on what they think will happen and then these can be used as a start to the first lesson or an initial assessment.

11.  WAGOLL (What A Good One Looks Like) – this is a slight variation on the theme of posting students work for comment.

12.  Video your class assembly – you can use for discussion on what was good and how it could be improved.

13.  Post a preview of upcoming topics – hence the tardis for the time travel element.  See http://www.aaronslego.com for instructions on how to make it!

14. You can use Wordle for vocabulary revision or as an illustration of a poem or extract of text for comment.


15. Tutorials – you can use screencasts using Jing or Camtasia for example for tutorials involving ICT e.g. Web 2.0 apps to be used at home, or make a video of how to make something in DT.

16.  Post a Glogster – Poster yourself! A creative, dynamic, and innovative digital outlet that captures learner’s excitement for online creations, keeps learners engaged in course content, and makes teaching and learning more fun.  It is quick to make exciting posters which are multi-sensory and multimedia.  You can either use existing media or make your own podcasts or videos depending upon your time/equipment constraints.  They are also excellent for displays if you print them.  You can use this for WAGOLL (What A Good One Looks Like) or to leave instructions for a homework task.

17.  Voki allows teachers and students to create speaking avatars in a fun, stimulating and engaging way. Voki allows students to express themselves on the internet in safety and confidently, as their real identities are hidden behind the avatar. Suddenly, with Voki, the shy become outspoken and the reticent assured.  This could be used to consolidate a topic, describe an event or practice a foreign language to name but a few.  See http://www.boxoftricks.net by Jose Picardo (follow the link on the picture above).

18.  Comments 4 Kids – this is not an idea for the blog itself, but is a way for students and teachers to find blogs to comment on and to get their own posts commented upon. You register your blog and others who are participants are then aware of your blog.  If you participate, you can add the logo at the bottom of the picture above to your blog.    There is also EduBlogger http://bit.ly/gRs41e You can also tweet the link for your class blog using a hashtag #comments4kids and other tweeters can comment.  There is also a tutorial on how to post a good comment which would be useful when commenting on others posts in class or for homework.

19.  You could use a combination of a random number generator.  The one above is from http://www.ClassTools.net.  You just type in what you want to be randomly selected – be it numbers, or operators for example.  You could create a maths homework where the children make their own sums using two random numbers and an operator for example.  There are also many more random choices at www.random.org (r.g. random coin tossing including foreign coins).

20.  Pupil of the Week – you could either post a photo or get your students to create an avatar at face your manga You could use this for lots of applications to ensure you keep to the rule of name okay, picture okay but not face and picture.

21.  Make a Wordle, or as I have here a Tagxedo of class names.  Tagxedo lets you make the words into a shape too.  I couldn’t embed the Tagxedo on this blog, but I imagine you could if it is a multi-user one, or you could create a link to it.

22.  Post an introduction to a text or topic and ask students to compile questions to be asked in class as comments.  This is from “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee – did you get it?

23.  Use a Wallwisher to post comments on a topic.  You could create a role play press conference to get students to see other parties’ points of view and get them to post in the opinion of  another party.  e.g. Government v students re university fees …

24.  Use Google Earth to find the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and look at the favelas.  You could use Google Earth for a myriad of topics really.

25.  Have a look at my sidebar.  You can create a Cluster Map for your blog.  Nothing motivates a blogger more than  knowing he has an audience and with the Cluster Map you can bring in Geography topics easily.

26.  iPadio https://ictideas.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/ipadio/ have a look at my previous post.  This is fab if you are on a residential and you can just “phone in” your posts and don’t need to have access to a computer.  You can also use

It’s fantastic for many things.

Impromptu interviews that you can put on your website, ambience that just sound wonderful, music you’ve made yourself, a record of your children growing up or even a full blown radio show. You can use it for reporting, for story-telling, educational use or quick tips.

Think of it as your audio digital archive, your web connected dictaphone or simply a great way to let your friends know what you’re up to.

27. Shelfari  This widget is excellent for “what’s new in the Library” as in our Library blog http://library.nottinghamhighblogs.net/2010/11/22/books-for-girls-in-a-boys-school/ You could do one for a year reading list.  “our favourite books” “teacher’s favourite books when they were your age”… In fact I think we should add that to our Library blog?

28. Free Rice Widget – follow the link on the picture for instructions.

Free Rice is a fantastic website for 3 reasons:

  1. It’s fun;
  2. It’s educational;
  3. Every time you play you donate rice to hungry people around the world through the UN World Food Programme.

Originally it was just a great vocabulary game, but now they have added loads of categories to choose from, such as capital cities, countries on the globe etc. Moreover, you can create a login to track the amount of rice you have donated.

Why not put a Free Rice widget on your blog and create a login for each student, then add a little competition by updating a school graph every week to see which class has donated the most rice? Alternatively, just do it for fun?

29.  Use Toondoo to illustrate a poem.  Or you could use it to illustrate what students know about a topic e.g. Spain.

30.  Make a Prezi about something.  This is only for those who are pretty IT savvy as you need to tweak it in Vodpod to make it work, but if you just post an image of your prezi with a link, it works fine.

I think I will leave it at 3o and just keep adding to it as I get new ideas.  If you have some of your own please either add to Tom Barrett’s Interesting Ideas for Class Blog Posts or comment here or tweet me @sammi1964 please.

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Written by sammi

November 22, 2010 at 11:10 am

Animation Idea

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Have a look at my avatar in the sidebar.  This was created at www.faceyourmanga.com the image is emailed to you as a .jpg file.  You could use CrazyTalk which is an amazingly cheap and simple program to animate the image to make yourself talk?

Written by sammi

March 25, 2010 at 3:33 pm

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