elearn09 is approaching rapidly and I am feeling a mixture of excitement and anxiety. Excitement because this is my first ulearn experience and I get to have some face to face time with the many awesome NZ Educators. Anxiety because for some strange reason, must of had one too many coffees that day, I applied to be a presenter and was accepted! Eek! 😮
My presentation is called An eWindow into my Classroom (Breakout Five for any of you who are interested in attending).
Join me as we create a classroom blog that allows parents and whanau to be an active part of classroom learning. We will be using a variety of Web2.0 tools that are free and easy to use. There will be tips and tricks on how to make your blog appealing to students and informative to parents. I will also talk about ways you can engage an audience in the global community. Your classroom blog can be so much more than another publishing platform, it can be an interactive environment that enhances student learning.
(Believe it or not it took me four hours to write that synopsis.)
I am hoping that by the end of the session we will have constructed a mock classroom blog and or set up the bones and a few fancy bits in my ‘victims’ own classroom blogs. I will set up a fairly open rotation where participants can engage in a variety of cool web2.0 tools that will enhance your classroom blog and to make it ‘blog-i-licious’ (blog-i-licious – my term for a blog that is engaging, fun, funky, collaborative, communicative and of course enhances learning, thanks Fergie!) My brainwave for this presentation is that all of my presentation’s content will be sourced on a Wetpaint Wiki. That way participates will always have a point of reference to go back to after the intensity of the conference.
I have found Wetpaint is an easy to use platform, possibly less finicky than Wikispaces (of course this is only my opinion). My only real bugbare is that you are unable to view the html code, but I can get over that. Each page on this Wiki will explore a different Web2.0 app. I will include tips and tricks on how to use each app. in your blog as well as include examples of how I have used it in my own classroom blog.
As you have all probably guessed by now; this post is basically shameless self-promotion on my part. But it is also me feeling a bit guilty for neglecting my blog for this my newfangled wiki of mysterious means (I am keeping it private until the conference). Therefore I, in another self-promotion tactic, will be releasing sneak peaks to a few of my wiki’s page as my blog posts during the lead up to ulearn09. I will have omit a one or two links and leave out a some of the workshop content, but I hope these sneak peaks will pique your interest in attending my workshop (remember Breakout Five) or at the very least consider playing around with creating your own classroom blog, or maybe adding a bit of ‘Bling’ to your existing one.