Why should I get my kids to blog?

February 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Posted in Education | 6 Comments
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This article in the NZ Herald talks about a school in Britain who has 11 year old boys engaged in writing blogs. Some of them are writing 5000 word stories in their blogs. It all started during a period of heavy snowfall where the school was continually closed. The principal decided that students would still get taught during this time – online. And it’s exploded from there. Read the article for the full story.

I think this is a fantastic story about the possibilities of technology. Not only did the students continue to be taught, but their writing scores were increasing also. Many have clearly become engaged, and passionate about writing.

As a secondary science teacher, I’m certainly not an expert in writing stats and facts but I believe that here in New Zealand many boys are not engaged in writing and really have no interest in it. Perhaps they need something like this to get them started. Start them off with a small activity they can do (the British school got the students to blog about the amount of snow outside their house) and try to build it from there. What if you can increase engagement and achievement from this simple idea?

I might actually get my own children to start blogging, and see what happens. They love using the computer, and this might build an interest/passion in writing.

Monday Mentions – 28 June 2010

June 28, 2010 at 9:00 am | Posted in Monday Mentions | Leave a comment
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I’ve been pretty busy this week writing reports and working on new resources so I’ve not done a lot of blog reading. So here is my 2 favourite posts of the past week from the blogs I follow:

1. Yeah, You’ve Got Problems. So Solve Them. A blog post about answering the questions about ‘not having enough time’, ‘not have the technology’ etc. From weblogg-ed.

2. Are Wiki’s Dying? An interesting post about the future of wiki’s. From The Thinking Stick.

 

Have a great week!

The wonderful world of Twitter

July 22, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Posted in Education | 4 Comments
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What is Twitter?

You’ve heard of blogging? Twitter is microblogging. It’s like a blog, but you’re limited to 140 characters to say your piece. This is less than a txt on a cell phone! It’s a way to let people know what you’re doing, or what is happening. It’s like Facebook but with only the status updates!

How does it work?

A user posts tweets which his followers can read. On the users homepage they can read the tweets that the people they are following have written.

Why Tweet?

It’s a good way to let people know what you’re doing. It’s also a good way to catch up on what your friends (or others) are doing. You can follow news sources such as BBC or Time Magazine, even NZ news is available! I use Twitter to find out more about ICT and education!

Tips for Tweeters

1. Post something relevant and regularly. Once a month is not regularly. You probably will want to tweet at least once a week, probably every couple of days. Some tweeters tweet several times a day.

2. It may be a good idea to tweet about a certain topic (eg. I have recently started tweeting and this is mostly about teaching and ICT).

3. Choose who you follow carefully. The tweets for everyone you follow will come up on your homepage when you login. You may not want to read through 5000 tweets!

4. You don’t have to allow everyone access. There are privacy settings available.

5. There are heaps of applications for your browser to do with twitter. Just search for them!

6. Have fun – and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter if you enjoy the blog!

http://twitter.com/ http://twitter.com/nlouwrens/

Blog posting

July 14, 2009 at 7:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Since you have got this far I’m assuming you know what a blog is. But did you know that if you have a blog, you don’t need to log in through a browser (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox) to post on your blog?

I am currently writing this post on Windows Live Writer – a free download from Microsoft. It gives a WYSIWYG editor (what you see is what you get). You can edit your posting just like you would in a word processor. You can add hyperlinks, pictures, tables etc. And you can use pretty much any blog service. I’m currently using WordPress, but I’ve also used Blogger for example. The software guides you through setup and it finds works out automatically what the post will look like on your site – even showing you the background colours or theme of your blog.

You’re not limited to one blog or service either. If you have multiple blogs then you can switch between them and post into each one.

One great advantage of this is that you can start your posts offline, save them, and go back to them when you’re ready. You can then publish the post when you’re ready.

If you’re a blogger then I would definitely recommend software such as this.

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