This blog is a finalist in the Edublog awards. Rachel jones blogs about her teaching experience, sharing her reflections and trials with her readers.
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I have finally solved the problem of not being allowed more than one blog here. Use another blog host! My other blog is at edublogs and is for students only. I will still keep this running as they have different aims. My new one is http://saysomething.edublogs.org/ and I have uploaded the student docs on Scribd.
Now that I am settling in to the new school it’s time to take stock and update all of my online presences. In the process of doing this I thought it was a good idea to see if I could do things any better. After all there are new sites all of the time. I have run a ning ( or several) wikis, blogs, twitter, had a look at a microblogging site, Edmodo and all sorts of other goodies.
The first step is obviously to sit down and consider what I want to use it for, and then once I have that worked out, I need to think about whether anything that I am currently using is good for that use. Sounds pretty simple huh?
All that has happened so far is that I have got a headache! There really is so much out there. I am now going back to the drawing board. So many people are doing so many great things so I will do more research and for the meantime stick with the wiki, ning and blog. I’d really like a blog that allows me to have several pages on which I can post, say one for each year level I teach and one for me and other teachers. Is that too much to ask?
An initiative to get the blogosphere to use its power for good is the Bloggers Unite for Human Rights. All bloggers are being asked to blog about an issue related to human rights such as Aids victims or wrongful imprisonment. The initiative is on the 15th May so get blogging and have a look at this website. the initiative is linked to Amnesty International who do a great job in anyone’s language.
Maybe now that the Olympics is going to China it’s a good time to check out human rights there. We can certainly use the sporting extravaganza to bring attention to the plight of those in China who are not allowed a voice.
This blog here says it all really. Why bother using technology in the classroom? If we can’t get students thinking then there’s not any point to using it.
This is an insightful synopsis of why we should be using technology in the class room. I’ll let you read this instead of repeating it here.
Here is an interesting (if slightly mad) blog for VCE English teachers. It is written by Warwick Wynne who writes the English Book and is also a practicing teacher. He covers the Context and the issues that all VCE English teachers face. Well worth a read.
Here is another newbie, I found this ning online which has been set up by Jo McLeay of VATE. It’s a great way of working with other English teachers from other schools. It’s focus is the Context ‘Encountering Conflict’ however setting up a ning is easy and you could use of for anything where you need to discuss things with teachers from other schools.