Blogs Postposed. So, What Now?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear 5CL,

Sometimes things just don’t work out the way we hoped they would. Things go wrong, unexpected things happen, things change. It can’t be helped, life is like that.

Unexpected things have happened to us this semester and now the plans we made to create our own blogs will have to change. We don’t have time to create our blogs, as it is nearly the end of the school year. That is sad.

I suppose some people feel more sad about that, than others. When I feel sad or mad about things, I say to myself, how bad is this really? compared to some of the very bad things that can happen in life. I use the catastrophe scale to see how bad it really is. Let’s talk about the catastrophe scale and see what it is….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go to this link and into Padlet to rate some of the things that go wrong in our lives on the catastrophe scale.

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I always try to make the best of it when things go wrong and try to find a positive way of looking at the problem. I am hopeful that we will have the opportunity to create our blogs next year.  I have my fingers crossed!

That leaves us with an interesting opportunity. We have a few lessons together before the school year finishes and I would like to teach you about some great web tools that you can use to help with your learning. I know that you know a lot about the internet, so I would like to hear your ideas about which web tools you would like to learn and what things you would like to explore or be able to use in ICT lessons.

There is a great online chat tool we can use to share our ideas. It’s called TodaysMeet. I have created four private chat rooms for us to use today. Only people with the URL can get into our chat room, so I will only leave the links here for today, to keep us safe. We will need to get into four groups, so we can share our ideas in small groups. I have a fun way to get us into groups…….it’s a lucky dip!

Please join the chat room that matched the chocolate treat you chose in the lucky dip….

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In your chat room, talk with each other about which web tools you would like to learn more about and what things you would like to explore or be able to use in ICT lessons. I will pop into each room and share in the conversation.

Remember to be polite to each other and to keep your chat to our topic!

Thanks for your ideas today.

Cheers,

Deb :))

Student Blogging Lesson Five

Learning Intention

This semester we are learning about blogging. Our personal blogs will be about what interests us, the blogs will be our passion projects.

Today we will continue to plan our blogs.

Success Criteria

  • I can talk about my interest or passion that I will blog about
  • I can plan some topics for my first blog posts and plan some ideas for future posts
  • I can explain how to protect my privacy and my online reputation on my blog
  • I can plan the layout of my blog and what features and widgets I might want to add to my blog
  • I can discuss the audience for my blog and know what they would be interested in
  • I can accurately type URLs into the browser and reach the web sites I need to go to
  • I can use Padlet to create the plan for my blog and add multimedia to the Padlet wall

Today, we will continue planning for our blog.

We will discuss the strategies we can use to protect our privacy and our online reputation when writing our blog posts and the “about me” page or bio.

 

Log into the same Padlet you used last lesson to record your ideas and drafts for your blog.

 

 

Include these things on your blog planner padlet……

  • Notes about the topics you plan to write about in your blog posts?
  • A draft of your personal bio for the “About Me” page
  • A draft of your first blog post

You can add images, video and links to widgets or web sites that you might like to include on your blog in the future. Remember to make sure that you have copyright permission to add these resources. Are the images or videos CC [creative commons] or free to use and share?

 

Share and discuss your plans with a classmate. Do they have any feedback for you that will help you to improve your blog or help keep safe online? Can  you give helpful feedback to them?

Student Blogging Lesson Four

Learning Intention

This semester we are learning about blogging. Our personal blogs will be about what interests us, the blogs will be our passion projects.

Today we will decide what our blog will be about and we will begin to plan our blogs.

Success Criteria

  • I can talk about my interest or passion that I will blog about
  • I can plan some topics for my first blog posts and plan some ideas for future posts
  • I can plan the layout of my blog and what features and widgets I might want to add to my blog
  • I can discuss the audience for my blog and know what they would be interested in
  • I can accurately type URLs into the browser and reach the web sites I need to go to
  • I can use Padlet to create the plan for my blog and add multimedia to the Padlet wall

 

Today, we will begin to plan for our blog.

We need to decide what our blog will be about. It should be about something that we care about and are very interested in, so that we will be able to write many posts and share our knowledge and passion with other people who share our interests. We could call these blogs our Passion Projects!

Take a look at these videos of children who have followed their interests with amazing results…

Birke Baehr: What’s wrong with our food system.

Thomas Suarez: iPhone App Developer

Use Padlet to record your ideas for your blog.

Questions to consider……

  • What topics will you write about in your blog posts?
  • What information and ideas or opinions do you want to share with your readers?
  • Who is the audience for your blog? Who are you writing for?
  • What features do you want to have on your blog?

You can add images, video and links to widgets or web sites that you might like to include on your blog in the future. Remember to make sure that you have copyright permission to add these resources.

Student Blogging Lesson Three

Learning IntentionThis semester we are learning about blogging.

Today we will learn about avatars, what they are and why we should use them.

Success Criteria

  • I can explain what an avatar is
  • I can talk about why we might use an avatar
  • I can talk about why we need to keep safe online and protect our privacy and our online reputation
  • I can discuss what different avatar images make us think about the people who use them
  • I can accurately type URLs into the browser and reach the web sites I need to go to
  • I can create an appropriate avatar for myself

What is an Avatar? [A video by year 3 students]

Today, we will create an avatar for our blog. Our avatar is a representation of us when we are online. It helps to keep us safe by keeping our real identity private. Other people will get to know us by the things that we post and the avatar we use.

What might other people think about you by looking at your avatar? This is something that you need to think about when you create your avatar.

We will look at a few avatars and brainstorm what we think the people who use these avatars want us to think about them and what type of people they are. We will use padlet as the collaboration tool for this brainstorm.

Join our class Padlet and add your thoughts to the wall. Your comments must try to answer these questions below. Please remember to write  your first name on your Padlet posts!

 

Questions…

  • What words would you use to describe each avatar?
  • What is the personality of the person using this avatar like?
  • What does the owner of the avatar want you to think about them?

 

For Monmia PS Students only!

  • 3/4A: Click here to describe these girl avatars
  • 3/4A: Click here to describe these boy avatars
  • 3/4B: Click here to describe these girl avatars
  • 3/4B: Click here to describe these boy avatars
  • 3/4C: Click here to describe these girl avatars
  • 3/4C: Click here to describe these boy avatars
  • 3/4D: Click here to describe these girl avatars
  • 3/4D: Click here to describe these boy avatars

 

Create your own avatar!

You can use any of these sites to create your avatar…..

 

 

The Starfish Story

Recently, in my travels around the web, I came across The Starfish Story and it has resonated with me ever since…. as an analogy for my coaching beliefs. The story went something like this…

One day a young man was walking along the seashore and saw ahead a beach where thousands of starfish had been washed ashore. As he walked further along the shoreline, he saw an older woman. She was walking slowly and often bending down to pick up starfish, one after another, and then gently throwing them back into the ocean.

The young man asked, “why are you throwing those starfish back into the ocean?”

“Well,” the older woman said “the sun is getting hotter and the tide is going out, if I don’t pick them up and throw them further into the ocean they will die”

“But there are thousands and thousands of starfish all along this beach. Don’t you realise that you can’t save them all? You can’t save very many of them. In fact, even if you throw starfish back all day, you will have only saved a few. Your effort will not make any difference at all!”

The older woman listened to the young man, smiled, bent down and picked up a starfish, throwing it back into the the ocean.

“It made a difference to that one”

 

In my coaching, I want to make a difference.

I have read many leadership books, articles and blog posts. I find myself particularly attracted to those increasingly prolific posts that announce things like, the 7 strategies for every successful leader……sometimes I am inspired, sometimes I am not. What I have come to learn is that coaching and leadership are about your personal values and beliefs. Effective coaching starts with passion, being genuinely interested in bringing about a particular change and aiming high. Then it’s about sharing that vision and passion and making the journey meaningful and personal for everyone you travel with along on the way.

My 3 year goal is simply written,

 

it is not simple to bring to life!

But I keep walking along the shoreline and I try not to get dissuaded by the passers by who tell me, in many different ways, that my efforts will not make a difference…….because I know, I can and I have, made a difference to that one!

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