Why we blog

You can download a copy of the blogging permission notice here.

In 56C we operate a class blog which allows us to extend and share our learning outside the classroom via the internet. A blog is like an online newsletter where we can publish a variety of content including written work, discussions, photos and videos. This proved very popular with both students and parents in 2010.

The blog serves two purposes. The first is as a communication tool between the classroom and the home. I regularly post content to the blog including what we have been learning in class, photos of events and activities, games, links and resources. You will also find all of the notices and homework that is sent home online. I encourage you to check this regularly to keep up to date with what we are doing.

Secondly, the blog is a learning tool for the students. The students will be using the blog throughout the year to create, communicate, collaborate and connect. They will write stories and publish them online. They will be able to work with students and contribute to tasks from home. They will be reflecting on their learning to help build more knowledge. They will connect and collaborate with students in other classes, schools and even other countries!

Students are very motivated to use this fun and exciting tool and in the process learn and extend skills in literacy, maths, ICT and problem solving. And because it is online, students can share their work with families and relatives at home, in other suburbs or even overseas! Your child will be able to show you how to access their page.

Content that is posted on the blog can be commented on, allowing students to discuss and answer questions and comment on their own and others work. This also provides you with the opportunity to become involved, by posting comments to the site about things that we have been doing and joining in our discussions. Students love the chance to see and respond to feedback on what they have worked on. Last year, some students were excited to see that relatives from around the world had seen what they had been doing and commented on it.

By using the blog students are taught about online responsibility, appropriate behaviour and the importance of maintaining anonymity and privacy online. This moderated environment provides a perfect opportunity for students to learn and experience how to work safely online, and is important as students begin to be exposed to other online technologies at home such as instant messaging (ie MSN, chat rooms) and social networks (Facebook, MySpace etc). Our blog is hosted by edublogs and is safe and secure for students to use. All posts and comments are moderated before they are posted online so that no inappropriate content is available on the site or to the students.

As our blogging involves publishing content through a new medium (online) could you please sign and return the permission form below by the end of the week to allow your child to be involved. Online, students will only ever identified by their first name, maintaining their privacy. Students love the chance to work online and publish their work as well as to post photos and videos showing what they have been doing.

If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to an exciting year using this technology!

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