A collection information on blogging in schools with links to useful resources in the form of a blog. Tags are used to categorise the information for ease of use. This blog is independent and doesn't endorse any particular services mentioned.
Create your own stories with Storybird taking inspiration from illustrations and piecing them together to make your own online book. Once books have been moderated you can embed them straight into your blog.
Individual and Teacher/Class accounts are available for free and the usual ‘extra options’ are available to purchase.
This is a great way to inspire children to write, letting the pictures tell the story.
Share your presentations and documents with Slideshare.
As with many ways of sharing media, there is a basic free version and a ‘pro’ option that you subscribe to but has more features. For uploading slideshow presentations it is free. These can be public or private and there is the facility for commenting.
Presentations can be embedded in your blog, so you can use Slideshare to make lessons available to pupils at anytime or as a showcase of pupil work.
This looks brillant. I’ll admit now, I haven’t tried it yet. But I did watch the ‘How to…’ video below and can think of several ways this software could be used in the classroom.
Muvizu allows you to create 3D animations using a variety of characters and scenes – all customisable. You choose camera angles, lighting and direct your characters down to the eye movements. This would be a brilliant way to show stories the pupils have written or recreate stories they have heard.
You have to be 13 to join Muvizu but teachers can open ‘gatekeeper’ accounts that enable you to have full control over what pupils are doing. Once videos have been published they can be rated and be commented on.
Once you have created your masterpiece you save it to your computer and there is an inbuilt option to upload it straight to YouTube to embed in your blog.
Fill in all the boxes for information and choose your colours, then copy and paste the code into your blog post.
Your voters get to have their say and then see how others have voted (on the Vorbeo website).
There doesn’t appear to be any way of viewing the results of the poll without voting or copying the link from the code and pasting into your browser. It is however a really simple way of creating a poll.
This is a competition run by Makewaves and to enter you’ll need to have a Makewaves blog – but this is free to set up.
Kids aged 5-11 are being asked to share their favourite read in any way they choose. Write something, draw something, blog it, film it. Whatever they like. The idea is that they aren’t reviewing their book, they’re recommending it.
Once children have created their entry, they upload it to their Makewaves blog and share it with the world.
Prizes include an e-reader for the pupil and a 12 month pro-account with Makewaves for their school. The competition closes on Tuesday 16 April 2013.
This is a weekly writing challenge for children under the age of 16. Once a week a different prompt is given the children can write up to 100 words of creative writing. Once their writing has been posted to your blog, link to the 100WC blog and others taking part in the challenge can read your entries.
The challenge of sticking to 100 words and having other people leave comments on their writing can really encourage pupils to give it a go. Use it as homework, writing practice or a regular activity.
Social networking is a good way of letting people know you’ve got a blog in the first place and then for letting them know you’ve updated it.
Most people will be familiar with the popular ones –
It’s up to you whether to decide to use any of these – schools are very different places and some staff will be happy for pupils and parents to see their twitter account, others will want to keep the two very separate. There is the option of setting up a professional account that the children can access but it’s up to you.
There are lots of educational professionals actively using social networks to share advice and links to interesting ideas so it’s worth baring in mind.
Obviously if your school’s firewall is on super clampdown, it may be that you can’t access any of these services easily and the decision is made for you!