Create a classroom blog and get your learners posting via email…

Submitted by Fiona Beal Blogging is a great way to engage and inspire learners in the classroom. A blog is a web publishing tool that allows authors to easily self-publish and share text, artwork, videos, images, links to other blogs or Web sites, and much more. For several years now all the learners in my various Grade 4 – 7 classes have had their own blogs. We use these as digital portfolios and also as a way to learn digital citizenship and courtsesy on the Internet. Since we are a G Suite...

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The yearly Edublogs Awards – a recap. of the 2015 winners

If you are a blogger you’ll know about the annual Edublogs Awards. The Edublog Awards started in 2004. They promote and demonstrate the educational value of social media such as the use of blogs and Twitter for educational purposes.  These awards take place in November/December yearly in three stages. First there is the Nominations stage. This is followed by the Voting stage. Finally the winners are announced.  I always love looking through the winning blogs as th...

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Blogs and blogging in the Foundation Phase – a great boon to a modern classroom

The term blog originated from the blend of the term “web log”.  It started as a way someone could voice their thoughts and opinions and share information easily online.  Blogging is really much easier than it looks. A classroom blog can be easily created without any knowledge of HTML and it is a great way of sharing the life of a classroom with parents, other teachers and interested folk. The following video is a quick, short introduction to blogging. Why start a classroom blog Blogs are...

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Please vote for our SchoolNet blog in the SA blog awards…before the 17th December 2014!

The public vote phase of the 2014 SA Blog Awards has now started. Hundreds of South African Bloggers have entered and are displaying the vote badges on their blogs. Blog fans are encouraged to look out for the badge and support the bloggers by voting for them. Our SchoolNet blog is entered in the BEST EDUCATION BLOG category. If you feel our blog deserves your vote please vote for us! Go to our blog, http://www.schoolnetsa.blogspot.com/, and look for the big, red voting badge on the right hand side. Pl...

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South African Teachers – register your blog in the SA Blog Awards competition – by 21st November 2014

Submitted by Fiona Beal The SA Blog Awards is a competition that is said to showcase the very best of South African blogs. Please visit http://www.sablogawards.com for information about this. I received an email to say that the registration phase for the 2014 Blog Awards is now open but ONLY UNTIL Friday 21st November… Teachers, enter your blogs Teachers, think about entering your blog in this showcase because there is a Best Educational Blog award. Take the chance and enter! Bloggers may ...

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Android #6 Add a blogging platform app to your Android device

When you have a tablet such as an Android or an iPad, you can always access blogging platforms via the browser, but an app specially designed for the device works much better when it comes to speed, offline use, layout, functionality and focus.  There’s so much that students can do with a blog that it is really well-worth downloading the preferred app on to your device. WordPress on Android WordPress for Android puts the power of publishing in your hands, making it easy to create and consum...

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WordPress #2: How to create a WordPress blog

In the last blog post we focused on on how to create a WordPress website. (See this link.) In this post the attention turns to creating a WordPress blog. Have you ever considered creating a classroom blog? Try it! You’ll find that a great and wonderful adventure awaits you! The great news is that WordPress is available as an app for both Android and iPad tablets and both apps are free. WordPress for Android on Google Play The app description says “WordPress for Android puts the power of ...

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WordPress #1 Useful, simple tutorials on how to create a WordPress website

Recently I thought it would be very useful to know how to create a simple WordPress website since this is a very popular website option currently. I was also keen to know what the difference is between creating a WordPress website and a WordPress blog. The best way to learn really is to plunge right in a create something so I did that as part of the learning process. I really enjoyed these short presentations from ne of the Internet sites I visited.   Making a WordPress website using a hos...

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Of blogs and blogging–a guest post from Elkanah House Senior Primary School

This is a guest post from Karen Stadler who is the ICT Integrator at Elkanah House Senior Primary in Table View. This post appeared on her excellent blog All Things ICT. I asked Karen if I could use it as a guest post because Elkanah House Senior Primary is the epitomy of blogging in the school environment. The Principal, Arthur Preston, has a blog, both ICT teachers have blogs and the different grades have blogs. It seems there is also a Library blog and a Sports blog. All the known links will be shown ...

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Have you started with a blog yet? It’s definitely worth it!

Submitted by Fiona Beal This morning as I was researching on the Internet the thought struck me that a huge amount of my professional growth over the past few years has come from reading blogs written by teachers. There are so many really fantastic teachers sharing what they do in their classroom with the world and benefiting so many others in the process. I would say that blogs play a very large part in driving the education revolution that is taking place world-wide. The incredible part is t...

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