The Power of Blogging!

Blogging is one of the most powerful teaching tools that I use at school.  It is a fantastic way of enhancing learning standards of students and a fundamental method of communication with parents.

When I set about my journey to bring blogging to Seisen International School, I used the past success at Wharton Primary School as the catalyst.

With the words of Mark Anderson (@ICTEvangelist) and @DeputyMitchell in mind, I set about giving students a global audience. Deputy Mitchel asks 'a blog without an audience'.... is like a car without an engine. He works tirelessly to bring an audience to young people far and wide!
I use blogging, last year @whartonprimary ( using the J2E suite.  Combined with a Twitter feed, the blog was brought to life and allowed us to show our work to others around the world.  We found it an effective method of communication with parents and with the use of QR codes and word clouds we were able to revolutionize the approach taken towards the more traditional newsletter.

Question: Is it hard to set up? Initially, maybe, but once you have the fundamentals of the blog up and running then it could be simpler - especially with the use of mobile apps!
Setting Blogger up using a Google account -  have a go at the following steps:
  1. Sign into your Google account
  2. Go into the apps tiles, click more apps and scroll down until you see Blogger
  3. Create your blog now - create a title and address(URL) - choose simple template
  4. Customise blog template 
  5. Blog away!
  6. Tweet about it!
An alternative to having a school blog could be to use Google Classroom.
Here at Seisen International School, we use both. Google Classroom is used as a learning platform to communicate with students and post homework tasks'.  

Article by Mark Anderson, 27th October 
If you are thinking of blogging, if you are a little apprehensive, if you are looking for some guidance, then have a look at our Steps to Success that we use with staff.  

Tweet all about it!

The power of Twitter!?  When I joined Twitter, I had no idea what this was, nor did I ever imagine the impact it would have on teaching and learning!

I heard about it and was curious to find out more.  After joining and starting Twitter life, as an egg (for several weeks) and following the lives of the rich and famous, the novelty soon wore off, and I gave up!

It wasn't until my first international teaching post as a class teacher and ICT lead that I returned to, where I was still an egg.  The egg had to go, so I quickly changed the image, but still, I was not using Twitter to anywhere near its full capacity!

Enter, @VisibleLearning conference and #jascd25!  @MrTowse is reborn!

Follow Seisen International Staff on Twitter:

Ms. Sandra - Elementary School Principal
Mr Hughes - PYP Coordinator
Ms. Naini - Grade 6B Homeroom Teacher
Mr O'Shea - Grade 6A Homeroom Teacher
Mr James Hatch - High School Principal
Elementary School Media Centre Tweets 

As with many teachers, we here at Seisen are now starting to realize the benefits of using Twitter (Ms. Sandra is leading the way!) Teachers are building a professional learning network.

Mr Hughes was particularly impressed with his retweet from @globalsolo, sharing some fantastic ideas and good practice, connecting with other practitioners and colleagues as well as using it as professional career development.

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