By Christine Quong
I had been blogging with my grade 4 students since 2009, but it has only been in the past 3 years that I started to see the possibilities that this platform has as a digital portfolio. Through Twitter I discovered Kathy Cassidy, a grade 1 teacher in Saskatchewan, who blogs and tweets with her class. I took part in an online webinar, hosted by Kathy through the DCMooc and I also attended a session Kathy did at our local Teacher's Convention. I was blown away by the way her young students were able to share their learning on their blogs. Using apps like Draw & Tell and Pic Collage allow the youngest of students to share their learning easily by recording their voice even when they are not able to write a lot yet.
Our school district signed up for a Campus Press license with Edublogs so now all of our staff and students have access to their own blog. Carla Felske started her blog this year, as her teacher page and she added links to her students individual blogs on her blog. Recently her grade 1's were working on a Leprechaun House building project. We thought it would be great if we could embed a video of the students explaining what they built into their blogs. To do this we used the Draw & Tell app to screen capture a photo of the student's house and then record their voice along with the photo. From the app we saved the student recordings to the camera roll and then uploaded them to Google Drive. Once they were on Google Drive we copied the embed code and embedded the videos to the individual student blogs. The other option is you could upload the videos to YouTube right from the app and then copy those links to a student post & the videos automatically embed from the link. This would probably be easier to show kids how to do, but we were not quite ready for posting to YouTube yet! Here are some examples of what Carla's students created. The second video is a bit out of order from how she explained it, but we now know better for next time!
Imagine what your students could share using screen capture! For more grade 1 examples Kathy Cassidy's student blogs are a must see. See their blogs here-> http://mscassidysclass.edublogs.org/
(Click on individual student blogs on the right side).
This blog and resources website has been developed through the work of various AISI coaches in PHRD. The lead collaborative teachers for the 2015/2016 school year, Cheryl Frose, Christine Quong and Tammy Tkachuk will continue to update this site. If you have resources you would like to share or would like to contribute to the blog, please contact us.
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