Adding Video to your Posts

Creating Video

 

Using Existing Video

  • Youtube
  • Fuse

Uploading Video to the Internet

  • Google Drive
  • Youtube
  • Directly to your blog with your laptop – Create a Video Playlist
  • Directly to your blog with the WordPress App – June 2015 Update

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Add video pic

Embedding Video

 

Connecting with other classes – Why Connect?

Connecting with other classes supports the success of your class blog through:

  • increasing student engagement by providing your class with access to a real audience for their writing
  • encouraging different and more global perspectives
  • comments provide your students with authentic feedback about their work

Here are some ideas for connecting with other classes.

Resources

The State of Educational blogging in 2014.

http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/step-10-connect-other-classes/

Connecting with Other Classes – Our Stories

Our Stories

Our Stories was a joint blogging project between Oatlands and Berwick Lodge.

Each school created a new photoblog blog. All the children participating in the project had their own category. This made it very easy to find all the photos posted by a particular child.

Here are the links to our blogs

http://grade6.global2.vic.edu.au/

http://blps5ourstories.global2.vic.edu.au/

Sample Blog Post

Each child was paired up with a child from the other school. They read all of their partners posts and were encouraged to comment on them. They looked at all the photos posted by their partner.

Emma poem Screen Shot

 

Once they felt they had learnt about their partner they wrote a poem describing them.

Michelle 2

 

We organised a Skype video call between the two classes.

The children read out their poems to their partners.

The students found this to be a very emotional event.

Connecting with other classes – Projects by Jen

Projects by Jen

http://projectsbyjen.com/

Christms Tree hands

At CSPS in December 2013 my year five six class participated in the Christmas Card project.

We made our own Chrismas Cards and posted them to 20 schools around the world (mostly in America)

As we received cards back from those schools we added them to our Christmas Card display including colouring them in on our map and reading about their school.

It was a fantastic project that I would happily encourage other classes to participate in.

About our School

Connecting with other classes – Quadblogging

“QuadBlogging involves connecting your class to a Quad group of four schools/classes.

The idea behind quadblogging is each classroom takes a turn for a week being the focal point of the quad.  During this time the other classes engage with that class blog, participate in any activities the focus class initiates and takes time to learn about that class, their school and region.”

Student Blogging Challenge, Step 10

Resources

http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/step-10-connect-other-classes/

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/quad-blogging-technology-classroom-suzie-boss

http://quadblogging.com/

Connecting with other classes – Student Blogging Challenge

Student Blogging Challenge

“The Student Blogging Challenge runs twice yearly.  A new Challenge starts March and September, each year.

  • It is made up of a series of 10 weekly tasks all designed to improve blogging and commenting skills while connecting students with a global audience.
  • The Challenge is open to both class blogs and to individual student bloggers from all over the world and of all ages”

Student Blogging Challenge, Step 10

Resources

http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/about/info-for-first-time-visitors/

http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/step-10-connect-other-classes/

Connect with other classes – 100 word challenge

100 Word Challenge

http://100wc.net/about-100-word-challenge/

The 100 word challenge is “It is a weekly creative writing challenge for children under 16 years of age. Each week a prompt is given, which can be a picture or a series of individual words and the children can use up to 100 words to write a creative piece. This should be posted on a class blog and then linked to the 100 Word Challenge blog.”

100 word challenge

Resources

http://100wc.net/about-100-word-challenge/

http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/step-10-connect-other-classes/

 

Adding Polls and Quizzes

Google Forms

Click here to complete the frog Quiz.

Golden Toad

 

Follow this link for some very easy to follow instructions for using google forms.

Google Forms Help

 

Polldaddy – Quiz

Click here to complete the Predator X quiz

kimmerosaurus

 Polldaddy – Poll

Images
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5b/Bufo_periglenes2.jpg
http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/planetdinosaur/images/f/fd/Page_02_03.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20110930061708
http://plesiosauria.com/news_images/predatorx_head_pd.jpg

Adding Widgets

The Edublogs Teacher Blogging Challenge has an excellent post on adding widgets written by Sue Waters.

It aims to:

  1. “Explain how widgets are used on class blog.
  2. Introduce you to the commonly used class blog widgets.
  3. Show you how to change widgets and add widgets to your sidebar.”

The information that follows is reposted from Step Five: Adding Widgets

“What are widgets?

The term widget refers to any tool or content that you add, arrange or remove from the sidebar(s) of your blog — these are the blocks that make up your sidebar.

 

Time Widget Edublogs have “set up Widget demo blog to showcase the most popular widgets that educators, and their students, like to add to their sidebar so you can check out all the widgets in one handy location.”

Activities

  1. Add several widgets to your class blog.
  2. Add a comment to this blog post that includes a link to your blog so that we can check out your widgets.

 Some Sample Widgets

Weather


Natural Disasters – Pinterest

Follow Bronwyn’s board Natural Disasters on Pinterest.

Jungle Animals – Shelfari