So it's time for a new direction. A different twist on the personal learning network I was trying to build using Google Apps for Education and Blogger with my art students. I'll speak to the challenges I had with that situation in a future post.
I've decided to use edublogs with my homeroom. I will be with these students for 4 years and I believe this will be a great experience for all of us.
My motivation for moving to Edublogs and working with my homeroom? I love the personalized support I get from Sue Waters of Edublogs! She is amazing. I had the chance to meet her while she was a guest speaker for my EC&I 831 class at the University of Regina with Social Media and Open Education Guru Alec Couros. Ever since it's like having her on speed dial. I tweet... she gets right to me.
I got personalized advice from Sue today over Twitter. I'm sitting down to breakfast and had the idea to tweet about my project being focused around my homeroom students using edublogs and voila... she was right there with me... and I was in Moose Jaw and she in Australia!
- Step 1: I had all the kids download the Edublogs mobile app to their devices before leaving for the weekend on Friday. They were not to create accounts, just download the app.
- Step 2: I'm setting up unique blogs for each one of my students in my home room using the my class feature in Edublogs. I am assigning codes to the blog addresses after being advised by Sue to do so. This makes it easier to sort kids later on if I decide to tie more blogs into this central hub.
Setting up blogs for my students is super simple using Edublogs! I'm able to add them and view their dashboards if I need to make changes. (I made a couple of errors and swiftly changed them on the fly)
Edublogs creates a list of student blog links associated with my class automatically as a menu in the blog. Cool. I'll be sharing the link to my Edublog class site once I have permission to do so from my students.
Tomorrow is the big day. Will my students be able to log in from their mobile devices? Will they blog something interesting to start with?
Sue suggested we take a look at the following video to get us started as well:
Any ideas or advice you would give me as we get started? Any fun projects that would get grade 9 students enthused about blogging? Thanks for your feedback!