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Having had great success with our first SOICT unit (see this

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As an ICT lead and Year 6 teacher, I was keen to start using SOICT as soon as I could. The mixture of easy to administer ideas and flexibility mean that confident teachers and newbies alike can pick up the scheme and run with it very quickly.

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Ferry Lane Doctor Who film

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Having won third place in the Educational Blog Awards for our whole-school approach to blogging, an article has today been published in the Tottenham and Wood Green Journal as well as on haringey.gov.uk. Here is the article:

Ferry Lane Primary gets top marks for school blogsite

Tuesday 21 June 2011
Ferry Lane Primary school in Tottenham is celebrating being awarded third place in the national Educational Blog Awards.

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Thanks for the mention!

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Thanks to David Mitchell for his mention of my work at Chorlton Park on blogging. You can read his article here. He says:

The work of Jack Sloan and his pupils at Chorlton Park Primary were absolutely crucial and at the start of all my work. It was Jack who showed me what was possible through pupil blogging, and without the chance to have seen him doing this with own class I would not have had that insight into thinking this may be the solution to Heathfield’s problems with writing. He was helpful in so many other ways too.

Thanks also to John Sutton for his praise of the Ferry Lane blogs at his presentation at BMoble here.

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We won third place for our whole-school approach to blogging. Very pleased. They were looking for:

A community commitment to blogging
Blogging beyond the classroom
Clear and consistent messages about e-safety, comment policy and content.

Here is what they said about Ferry Lane:

Ferry Lane came in third in this category with judges commenting

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I have been asked to write a short think piece for the Educational Blog awards by Chris Ratcliffe and John McClear. They want me to focus on the impact of school blogs on individuals.

I teach at Ferry Lane Primary School in Tottenham, London. It is a great little school with fantastic children in an area of very high deprivation. Our children tend to have very little exposure to the rest of London, let alone the rest of the country, so blogging has been an effective way to give them a window on the world.

The impact of school blogging on a population of children is clear. Engagement rises as a result, peer-marking means the quality of writing and thinking improves, and boys want to write more. Underneath the data that supports these statements of course, lie the individuals whose learning is affected. Here I will mention two individuals for whom blogging has had a significant impact in recent months.

Jozef and Sharon have very different needs. They are both 10 years old and in my Year 5 class. Jozef arrived from Slovakia to Tottenham last year. His family are all learning English. Sharon has no problem with her English. In fact, she is probably the most talented writer I have ever taught. So how has blogging made a difference to them?

We will start with Sharon. It is rare to find a child with such a flair for language. She is Eritrean and her first language is Italian. She GETS writing. Sharon is able to play with a reader’s emotions and expectations, to make one laugh, and to make one think. You can read her blogposts here. Here is an extract from a piece she wrote at home, independently, on the blog:

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I was asked to present at the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) Primary National College at the Emirates Stadium in March. The theme of the conference was ‘Networking for Excellence’ and I spoke about using technology to connect classrooms with the outside world. It was a great day, and I learned a lot from other practitioners. I also took my Year 5 class to sing at the conference – they did a great job!

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I have been asked to run a course for teachers in Haringey who are new to blogging. The idea is to encourage them to have a go and get them set up.

I have produced some tutorial videos to get them started, There are more to come.

What do you think? What should I add?

‘Bling’ your blog in 10 minutes! Make it look great and help to make your school blog more user-friendly.

Moderating blog posts and comments.

Adding and managing users – simple but laborious method.

Embedding photos and video on your school blog.

Using categories and tags to organise your blog.

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