Blogging Platforms

Whoop, whoop! So excited, the link worked. I totally embedded a link the correct way! I have been working on that for two quarters haha! So pumped, it is the little victories! Anyways, I am here to share with you just a snap shot of what I have been working on. You will see more during our inquiry project.

We were to choose two platforms that we wanted to research or use. I have not used these with my students. But I have played around with them. I have been working with Edmodo and Blogger (Google related). I really enjoy Edmodo and I will tell you more of why during our inquiry project. I liked Blogger too. But each platform is so different it is a personal preference for what you like and what is easiest to use.

If you didn’t see it on my Twitter feed here are some other blog platforms I found on a Google search. It is an article that lists them. Some of them cost money and have games also. But I found Edmodo off this article!

45 Best Blog Sites for Kids

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Readings for May 18th

Bedell’s article about internet safety was a short but informative read. The more I think about the internet the bigger it gets. Growing up we had huge computers, that had green screens and the only cool thing was The Oregon Trail. Now a days you can look at the internet and look up basically anything you want. You just have to know how to search for things.

Bedell says, “We need to start seeing the digital world as part of the fabric of our children’s lives.” That to me means the fabric, the internet is just a part of children’s everyday life now. But since it is a part of their everyday life they need to be safe on the internet, have privacy. Posting this blog now makes me think about the privacy on wordpress. These posts will be here forever basically, and even if deleted they will be in cyber space forever somewhere. So Bedell talks about different platforms also and the age restrictions on them. Children are self learners. They can basically sign up for anything if they know the ways around it. Which can not be a good thing.

Bedell ends his article with a quote of “to see themselves – as creative, collaborative, self-organising problem-solvers.” I think that is true, that is what children are doing these days, becoming problem solvers in life and on the internet.

Anne’s article is about cyber bullying. I liked how she broke down the article in sections making it easy to read and understand.

I am unsure if this was the correct link for what you wanted us to read. But it showed up as Common Sense Education site, not an article. I liked one quick quote, “But technology also provides incredible opportunities for students to learn, connect, create, and collaborate in ways never before imagined.” This is so incredibly true. Children can now do so much more with learning instead of just paper and pencil.

The fourth article by Davis talks about digital citizenship. Davis states, ” I use two essential approaches in the digital citizenship curriculum that I teach: proactive knowledge and experiential knowledge.” Davis breaks down the proactive knowledge with the 9p’s. What a wonderful way to get started.

She then breaks down experimental knowledge. Here is an example Davis’s uses: “Students will create tutorials or presentations exposing common scams and how to protect yourself.” This is a wonderful article to read to start your students class with digital citizenship!

Pew’s research centers article was about teens, technologies and friendships. I thought this was interesting. The article states, ” Most of these friendships stay in the digital space; only 20% of all teens have met an online friend in person.”That is crazy to me that only 20 percent of all teen have met a friend in person. What happened to meeting and talking to a person face to face? I notice when I try and call my friends now, most of them would rather text. I don’t like this as much because texting can be taking to a whole other concept. But yet 55 percent of teens are texting. That is a lot if you ask me. I enjoy texting sometimes but I wonder what is going to happen to these children’s fingers over time. The article goes on to share data about teens and their relstionships via technology, very interesting break down with numbers.

#beduc566 #digitalcitizenship #teensviatech #fabricisinternet

May 11th’s readings

Cottrell’s article about librarians was awesome! I hadn’t really thought about this until I thought about when Megan had came in and taught us so much about how we can use the internet for school. Helping us with privacy and search engine things and so much more. My niece is in undergrad at the Seattle Campus and none of her classes have had the librarian come in to help the students with their projects. She should had reached out, but she has been going there for 3 years now and had no idea everything I had learned from my previous classes and from Megan. It literally blows my mind how much the librarian can help you!

In middle school I was the librarian’s TA, it was an awesome job! I got to help other students, shelve books and so much more. Shelving the books helped that way I could help students find what they needed to find and if I was looking for something in particular I now knew where to look. I wonder what it would be like now to be a TA for the librarian in middle school now.

Cottrell’s article talks about internet privacy and how we can act on it. Who can help teens help with their privacy online. A librarian of course! In Cottrell’s articles she states,“You can teach them how to swim, or you can put up a fence. What happens when they climb that fence and open the gate? The best thing is to give kids the education to protect themselves,” says Caldwell-Stone. I think this is great, give kids the answers to protect themselves for the future. It is so very important.

Boyd’s article is about the internet and if we are creating ourselves to be robots due to the internet. I like how he started his article comparing crayons to technology. He said, “Crayons are pretty magical and versatile technologies. They can be used as educational tools — or alternatively, as projectiles.” This is so true, not thinking about the use of crayons really before reading this article, it makes complete sense! Boyd talks about a crayon being a context, a context of drawing which is something you create, now a context that is learned outside of the crayon. This reminds me of the saying, “Think outside the box”.

Boyd also talks about technology and how privileged students are more likely to have great teachers, so the teachers could have been trained to use technology and integrate it in their classrooms. I agree and disagree with this statement. I work with many other colleagues and we all range in what we know…We don’t all have technology experiences or have been trained or worked with technology everyday. I know many teachers that don’t use technology much at all. They use document camera in their room and that is about all their technology consists of. How do we get everyone on board to want to attend trainings and teach technology to all teachers to help teach their students?

Fister’s article was interesting but confusing at the same time. How can our computers save where we go on the internet and pop up pops related to this or that? Computers and the internet are still growing every second, new things arise. What is next? #beduc566 #blogging #articles

A blog on readings

Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom is a good read. Academically Orientated Teaching, chapter three reminded me of one one of my friends that is leaving her school district to teach in the one I am in. This is due to the fact that she is currently teaching in the Mukilteo School District, she was mentioning that she was moving because her kids are going to be attending my school district. When she interviewed she asked about our technology…and found out we don’t have as much as the Mukilteo School District, her district had smart boards and much more. I was telling her that I was sure the district had Boeing help to get those things. Teachers cost money, subs cost money, technology costs money. Any help districts can get, can go a long way. Even though we don’t have as much tech as she did in her old district I think we are available to have much more Professional Development (PD) opportunities, that goes a long way as well.

We want to prepare our students for the future. Extend their challenges and activities. Give them new skills that can academically prepare them for the innovation of the future. But how do all schools/districts do that? How do we get all teachers on board to learn about future teaching with more technology, get ipads in our classrooms, how do more teachers get grants, how can we get voters to vote on the levy and bond that will help with our technology? All these things come into play for our current and future students.

Without going through this program I wouldn’t have saw the difference technology is making. I learned the “old school” way. Now learning can be taken to a whole other level because of technology and how you can integrate it within your teaching. One thing that has really helped me is Twitter. I have done Twitter Chats and have gotten great ideas from other educators to put in place in my classroom. Kathy Cassidy’s book also helped.
#becuc566 #technology #waveofthefuture

End of Book Circle Video

Well the end of the book circle is here. It is a little sad actually because I really enjoyed Kathy Cassidy’s book. Trying to find a book that really catches my interest can be extremely difficult but this one did the trick. I am really glad I chose to be in this particular book circle. Our video was made as an Imovie. We split up the chapters and each wrote a one minute script about them. My script said this, “Chapter 4 is a continuation about blogging. Cassidy is blogging with first grade students, but how does do that with issues of safety and how to getting parent permission to post images and schoolwork of their children online? She creates a permission form for parents to sign. She expresses how parents are watching over their child since they are born and she understands their concerns about their online writing.She understands parents have concerns so she offers two options, to never post any pictures of that featured child and or have that child ‘s blog under an alias. So the second week of school she holds a parent information night where she talks about student learning and shows parents the students classroom blog. She safeguards her students online and only post images of students and their first names or nicknames. She never labels the students with their pictures. Cassidy also never posts anything from the students or comments until she has approved them. Cassidy is able to now share her students work online! The students don’t just produce work in class on paper with a pencil and then take it home, they post it online for others to see! They produce blogs weekly and parents sign off if they can post their work online. Her school recognizes that posting online is valuable.”

My part was the second part about blogging. I want to learn more about blogging. For our inquiry projects mine is on blogging. However, I am having a hard time figuring out how to get started through our district. Any insight with this?

This book was so insightful, I think any elementary teacher should read it! #beduc566 #cl566 #technology #blogging

End of Book Circle

Kathy Cassidy’s book is amazing. I am going to keep this book and refer back to it while I start my projects. She ends her book with ideas and examples of kids videos and stories. Her links still work for YouTube for her class showing their classroom and the other classrooms around the world that did the same thing. They shared a classroom video (showing their classroom and what was in it) to a Greek classroom. I went to Greece last year and I wondered about their school system. Seeing this video was amazing. Even though these students didn’t know Greek and the Greek student didn’t know English they could still show their classrooms. They pointed to each thing they were talking about so the other students could understand. I adored this video. I also like how Cassidy said it is easy to have your own YouTube site so you can save all your videos in one place. I also wonder how you would do this privately. I know the World Wide Web is a huge place I just wonder about privacy. But with students names not identified or exactly where they are from that is a good thing.

She then goes on to talk about Story Bird a free app where children can use pictures to make stories. She is right anything that is free, teachers go for. I think the apps and amazing things that are coming out make it more accessible for teachers to use. Technology is always changing so trying to find the new things to use can be difficult but fun at the same time. Students love making their own books, instead of just pencil and paper now they use their voice and show off their book.

Cassidy sums up her book asking what will your step be? She mentions we can do baby steps in getting things started. I am one of those learners that usually just jumps right in and then it could fail and then I get frustrated. This time I am taking baby steps, one step at a time, organizing blogs, choosing which students to start having blog, etc. Cassidy says flexibility also helps. As a teacher you must be flexible your work day is never the same, sometimes there are fire drills, assemblies, special guests, field trips, and so much more. I see in her book sometimes she took away daily routines (I.E.) daily entry tasks and plugged in something with the internet, whether it was the students working on their blogs or Skyping with another classroom in Australia they were learning.

#cl566 #beduc566 #techlearning #K12 #learningonline

Readings for week April 20th

I was thinking about how many people had access/internet daily. Then I looked this weeks readings.The first one is by Katz and Rideout (2016). They mention rates of ownership connectivity are high it seems most people look like they are using their phones only. Families in median income homes, have approximately 23 percent mobile-only access. 5 percent have no access. Families below the
median income, 23% have mobile-only access. Families living in poverty have 33 percent mobile access and 9 percent with none. So both with median income and families living in poverty the access to the internet is more on their mobile devices.  I don’t find this completely shocking with how many smart phones their are and how many people own one. But I wonder how people get their work done on their phones? Emailing a quick email or checking social media is pretty easy on a mobile device like your phone. But doing a paper or some sort of data spreadsheet on your phone I think would be difficult. This especially applies because not all devices give you the same result. Some phones have slower processing speeds, older technology, etc. With how fast the world is, I would be frustrated if I even had to wait for a picture to load…
I think it is great that one of the parents motivators is for school education purposes. Another things about internet access is how much a person uses it. 72 percent of low and moderate income parents use the internet everyday. That is a pretty high percent compared to the 25 percent of parents that are below the poverty line that use computers everyday. This is a pretty big jump and it all has to do with access. I was at the public library the other day and no one was there, I was shocked because usually it is pretty packed. I went up front to check out my books and they were telling someone they didn’t have internet. No wonder why no one was there, there wasn’t free wi-fi. At that moment it made me see just how much people might depend on the internet and where they can use services.
Watters talks about inequalities with tech. Something I would like point out is that public schools and libraries in the US are connected to the internet. I think this is wonderful, we have internet at our schools and we have only had it go down 2 times in the 8 years that I have worked in the district. Watters (2015)  talks about K-12 classrooms and their internet access. Do all of them have the same good experience I had with my public schools internet? Seems not when Watters (2015) mentions that  40 percent of K–12 schools in the US do not have WiFi. Also that 41 percent of rural schools and 31 percent of urban school lack access to fiber networks. We are trying to not have a digital divide. But how is that possible with these inequalities? #beduc566

Book Circle, Chapter 4-6

Cassidy talks about blogging and what an impact it has on her students and her families. She raises some good points in chapter 4 about it. She sets up a plan each year in how she is going to start blogging; a parent needs to sign a permission form for their child to participate in their classroom blog site and blogging on their own. This is always a thing to do when presenting or showing their work in public. We have a sign up though our school if you want you child using the internet and or having their picture in the yearbook. However, for blogging on the internet for the world to see the permission slips would be more in depth. Cassidy goes into more detail about what she sees on her classroom sight from the students. She always pre-approves things and makes sure that it is appropriate before she publishes their work. I like how she doesn’t label the students names next to their picture. I also like how she gives parents a choice to have their child named as a different name on their blogs. This is a way to still reach parents for the blogging world and a way for the student to still participate. My only concern is the typing…I know this is something so minor but children type very slow at this age. Some students are still even learning their letters to spell things. My concern is that it would take a long time for early 1st graders/some 2nd graders to post a whole blog depending on your requirements.

Cassidy also talks about digital portfolios and Twitter on chapters 5 and 6. I think digital portfolios is a great way for students to show their continued work to their parents. Yes it is a lot of time out of school to edit and post their blogs but I think it is beneficial at the end. Now that I have seen Cassidy’s results it makes me want to jump right in. Maybe to start off I could have a least one student fill out the permission form and have them do blogging on their research project that they are doing right now. Some of the groups are The Titanic and Ancient Rome, I am sure one of my students would love to give this a try.

Within blogs and portfolios she goes on to talk about Twitter and how the tool is used in a classroom. Teachers are just now talking about having their classroom Facebook page…what about a classroom Twitter page? Or both? These are all things that I roll around in my mind that I could experiment with after the proper permission forms are filled out.  This book, Connected by the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades by Kathy Cassidy is a wonderful read. I would recommend it to any one trying to start a blog with their class, especially primary teachers! #beduc566 #cl566