The first Techie Brekkie for the year was held last Thursday morning (12th Feb) and was focused around Global2 Blogging. We broke into two groups in order to make the most of the allocated time and cover aspects suited to various ability levels from never blogged before to the more experienced blogger.
Group 1 looked at the blog composer. Using the toolbar to add a new post, formatting the text on a post and inserting media (primarily photographs or student work).
Group 2 explored how to add team members to the level blogs. We also explored how to best insert multiple images to a post using the Gallery function. Finally group 2 looked at various widgets that can be used in the blog sidebar. One of the most useful is the “subscribe via email” tool. This tool allows followers (parents and friends) to add their email address so that they automatically receive updates to the blog.
We look forward to a successful year of Techie Brekkies with lots of tech tips and tools being shared not just by the ICT team, but by all.
Another fabulous Techie Brekkie this morning. A round table discussion about what people had been doing with their ipads revealed some of the most fascinating things. There were teachers recording video of their students reading their running records, using Doodle Buddy for sorting out counting and addition in maths, using Evernote for collecting spelling data and other assessments, video reflections during inquiry, using the ipad as a second screen whilst completing admin work. As you can see there is a diverse range of uses for the ipad and its great to see the device being used in a deep and personal manner that supports teaching and learning.
After the round table discussion people were able to pair off to find out more about how they were using the ipads to support teaching and learning. Megan worked with a small group of teachers looking at Evernote and Skitch for note and assessment keeping. Mel and Robyn worked through some Google docs tips and tricks, like how to add a comment to a doc. Chelsea and Anna looked at the Edublogs/Global2 blogging and how to get a slide show of images into a post. Andrew and Karen went through the ‘ins and outs’ of Book Creator. How a student can create a book, add images and text then export it out as an ePub. We were both amazed at how easy it is to share a document using Flick.
Techie Brekkies will be running weekly this term so see you all next week.
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What another fabulous turn out for Techie Brekkie No.2 2014. Some great questions were brought along. We were able to break up into small learning groups to work out some of the questions. Here are some of the things that were covered.
Edublogs iPad App: Some people were reporting that the Edublogs Apps was being rather erratic in publishing posts. After some fiddling around it was discovered that it was better to post straight away rather than push the preview button. For some reason viewing the post on the iPad using the preview button on the Edublogs app would stop the post being published and stay as a draft.
Did you know that if you click the settings cog. That it will take you to the properties screen where you can Categorise and Tag your post. You can also set an image to be featured. Check it out.
Publishing Video and Audio files on the blog: Video files can be huge and with every blog you only get a limited amount of storage. So the best thing to do is to upload your video somewhere else and embed the video into your blog. Check the how to video below to see how to do it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY0yKi3SOOw
Audio files are slightly different: The easiest way is to just upload your audio file (usually a .mp3 or .WAV file) and use the embed play that Global2 provides.
Another group worked on how to set up a Global 2 blog. Here is a presentation on how to do it. Click Here
The level blogs at Bell PS are looking amazing and if you take a look at the stats they are also getting plenty of people looking at them. To sustain the momentum and to ensure that we are all contributing to this wonderful insight into our curriculum and classrooms, this weeks Techie Brekkie is going to be centred around blogging at Bell PS. We will look at the Global 2 blogging platform and answer any questions that you might have. Bring your laptop and mobile device and we will go through some beginners tips and trips as well as some pro tips for those who are advanced bloggers. If you have something that you would like to share re blogging please bring that as well.
Term 4 Techie Brekkies are about to begin.
The first Bell PS Techie Breakie:
Looked at blogging with global2 and how to set one up and create posts and change themes. Here is a link to a presentation on the basics of setting up a student global 2 blog.
Here is a link to a comprehensive presentation by John Pearce on the in’s and outs of setting up a Global 2 blog.