This is the very first Digitalk post, part of a series of showcases written by teachers and children all about their experiences of class blogging. If you’d like to showcase your class blog please contact us.
“If I hear that song again I’ll scream!” has become a common phrase amongst the parents of the children in our class.
Why? Because the song and accompanying video (part of the Horrible Histories collection detailing the different fates of Henry VIII’s six wives) is catchy, sing-along-able and, most importantly, embedded into our class blog. This means that not only is it available in school but the children can go home and play it (and sing-along), to their hearts content!
This is just one small example why class blogging has transformed the way we do things at Green Park. It connects us to the world around us.
- We share our activities with a world-wide audience and contribute to other classes and communities across the globe.
- We feel part of things and enjoy the links and connections that blogging brings.
This is a self written, self monitored class blog run by the pupils in Y4. It was an experiment in trust as much as in blogging. Both elements of the project worked. Not a single word or phrase had to be changed, altered or amended for inappropriateness. The ideas and thoughts that the children expressed were delightful to read, both for the teachers and the parents.
If there is just one, outstanding example of the impact of class blogging and the effectiveness of ICT in the classroom then it has to be Reece’s brilliant e-book post.
The theme for our Summer Term Project was “how schools have changed over three generations”.
The choice for our class was either:
1. To do the project as a pen, paper, photograph and drawing exercise
2. To do it as a blog.
The split between the class was about 50:50. The bloggers of the class made progress with their words and pictures and extended their knowledge of themes and widgets.
Occasionally as a teacher there are those moments of astonishment. I had one while reviewing the most recent posts from the class blog through my i-google account when I came across Reece’s e-book “School through the years“.
If there was ever a moment that confirmed why blogging in education was absolutely the right thing to do then this was it. Of course Mum, and especially Dad, had an input in creating the ebook but extending the boundaries of learning is certainly no bad thing and bringing home and school closer together can only be good.
Reece had interviewed his Grandmother, Mum & Dad about their school days and chronicled them using a website called “Myebook” that allows anyone (for free) to create and publish/share eBooks, Photo albums, Comics, Magazines, Fanzines, CV, Brochures and all sorts.
Thanks to Reece’s project our school newsletters are now published in the e-book format.
Reece’s brilliant e-book has had, at time of writing, 7209 views, and not once has it ever been said “If I read that book again I’ll scream!”
It is just too good.
Thanks Peter! A cracking tale of the benefits of class blogging. We also interviewed Reece and his Dad to capture their experience in their own words.
BrainPOP UK: Why did you chose Myebook as your medium for your project?
Reece: Mr Rafferty sent out a list of useful websites that offered free software for schools. We looked at the list and choose Ebook.
Luke (Reece’s Dad): I have seen ebook type magazines before of thought it would be fun to have ago.
BrainPOP UK: How did you do go about making the ebook?
Reece: I interviewed everyone and got the photos. We scanned the photos and I typed the words on the computer. Then my dad put them onto the ebook.
Luke (Reece’s Dad): It was quite easy once we understood it. I have used Microsoft PowerPoint before and constructing the ebook was very similar. Reece typed the text on Microsoft Word and I copied them onto ebook. The pictures were uploaded onto the site and then inserted into the ebook. We did struggle changing some of the page backgrounds.
BrainPOP UK: What do you think about the results (and fame!)?
Reece: I really like the ebook because loads of people are looking at it and everyone in the world can see it. It was more fun than doing it on paper because you could do more stuff like, putting photos in it and adding circles. I like being famous because all my cousins have seen the ebook.
Luke (Reece’s Dad): Reece and I enjoyed doing the ebook. I keep getting emails from Myebook telling me the number of views the book has got. We would definitely use it again only next time it will be aiming for a Booker Prize.