Techie Breakie @ Apollo

Allowing a time to collaborate and build ICT capacity

April 16, 2015
by MissAnderson

Session 2: The Dashboard

Hi everyone! Session two sees us with the introduction to the dashboard. The dashboard is the ‘behind the scene’ place where you make all your changes and add all your info so that your blog can look great. Then you can visit your site and see how it looks afterwards!

These are many parts of the dashboard and we have already covered ‘posts’ and ‘comments’. Today we will briefly cover the main parts which are underlined below:

My Class

Plug ins

Then we are going to get you to set your theme! This is the template of your blog, the bit that you get to customize to make it pretty.

Remember that if you have any questions about today’s session please add them as a comment to this post!

April 14, 2015
by Miss May

Session 1: Posts and Comments

Now you have your blog, let’s get into some of the fun stuff…

What is a post?

Posts are where you’ll publish your main content such as what’s been happening in your classroom. They are displayed in reverse-chronological order with the most recent post at the top of the page. Your posts are the way in which you add new information, photos or videos to your blog. A good post usually has an open-ended question at the end which requires people to respond and leave comments.

How do I know what to post about?

Have a look at this great video for some good ideas…

Here is a detailed description with tutorial videos on how to make your first post.

What is a ‘quality’ comment?

Teaching children to make quality comments is an important part of educational blogging. It reinforces important literacy skills and allows for meaningful conversations to occur through your blog. Have a read of Katheen Morris’ informative article on the importance of quality commenting and how to teach commenting skills here.

What is your new blog URL so we can add it to our ‘links’ widget?

April 14, 2015
by Miss May

Session 1: The blogging adventure begins…

What is a blog?

  • The term ‘blog’ came from ‘weblog’
  • Type of website that is usually arranged in chronological order from the most recent ‘posts’ at the top of the main page to the older entries towards the bottom
  • Can include text, images and/or media objects

Benefits of Educational Blogging

Purposes of a blog @ Apollo

  • Collaborative tool
  • Grade specific
  • Virtual window into the classroom
  • Reflective practice for teachers

How do I create my own blog?

  • Using the Global 2 platform. Global 2 is a secure host site for Victorian teachers and their students. It is an Edublogs campus site, which means these sites are ad free and have other features not available on standard Edublogs blogs.
  • For more information, visit the Global2 website.

What if I already have a blog?

  • We would like you to fill out a Google Form to inform us on what you want to know and what you want to get out of attending the Techie Breakie sessions either this round or next

April 13, 2015
by Miss May

Round 2 – Session 1

Welcome to Techie Breakie Round 2 in 2015!

Thanks for coming along this morning. Today we will be covering 3 main areas:

  • What is a blog?
  • How to I set up my grade or year level blog?
  • What are some of the basic features of a blog?

Please see the above posts for information covering these topics. There are some activities in each of these posts for the more ‘advanced’ bloggers or for those of you who already have a blog.

Please refer back to this blog or to your handout if you would further information on the topics covered today.

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