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Thanks for the mention!

Posted by: | June 23, 2011 | No Comment |

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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under: Blog development, Chorlton Park, Ferry Lane

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General election in Year 2.

Posted by: | April 15, 2010 | No Comment |

The videos are quite slow to load today, so please click on the one you would like to play, then click again and wait a minute for it to buffer. If you click play once more, it should work better.

Today we talked about what an election was. Some of us knew that there was going to be a general election in this country on May 6th, and that it was a chance for adults to decide on who should run our country.

Then we ran our own election in the class! It helped us all to understand what it was all about. This is what we did:

First of all we chose three party candidates who believed in different things. Here is what they believed in:

Party A thought that people should be able to make money for themselves and their families. It Allowed rich people to keep most of their money.

Party B thought that people who make plenty of money should give lots away to help others. They wanted to spend lots of money on schools and hospitals.

Party C thought that we should put lots of our money into making the world “greener” and less polluted. They thought that was the most important thing to sort out.

Next we all chose who we wanted to vote for. Iqra and Leo, our officers were very strict about how we voted. They threw away any that weren’t clear or had names written on them. We had to secretly put a cross underneath the party we had chosen and put our voting slips in a special box:
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Next Iqra and Leo counted the votes. This is what they did:

After that, we talked about who we had voted for and tried to give reasons for our choices. Here are some of our reasons:

Who would you have voted for and why? In the end, Party B was elected in 2JS. Do you think they made the right choice?

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Visitor numbers going up…

Posted by: | February 9, 2010 | 1 Comment |


The Year 2 blog stats are going up all the time. So far today we have had 400 individual visitors, the highest ever. Whilst this is great, the number of comments are down (outside school hours). I’m beginning to think about reasons for this, and wonder what other people think. Is it just that visitors are using links and games from the site (which is great if true), that they are not finding anything of interest to comment on (which is not so good) or for some other reason.

Answers on a postcard please!

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Blogging with parents

Posted by: | January 18, 2010 | No Comment |

For some time now, I have run blogging clubs for children at Chorlton Park. These have been popular and helpful in getting our kids to engage and learn using the blogs. However, lots of children wanted to do the things we did in school back home. This was harder as the children were often more able than their parents, and the parents had questions and concerns about the blogs. As a result, I have changed the format of these clubs.

Each year group from Year 2 to Year 5 will now get half a term of blogging after school on a Tuesday. I will teach parents with their children how to blog. When I canvased opinion, parents wanted to know about esafety (surprise surprise!), about basic blogging, and some wanted to know more technical things such as how to embed video and photo content. This is a wide range of skills. Perhaps more than I can teach in half a term with only half an hour each week.

As a result, I decided to make a series of video tutorials which covered the range of skills that the parents wanted to learn. I will teach esafety explicitly, and make it a condition of their attendance (important if they are then to learn how to embed video or photo content) I will teach them how to leave a comment, and then let them explore for themselves with the help of their children and the tutorials.

Another reason for changing the format of the club is to ensure that the blogs are continued when I leave Chorlton Park. I have asked a teacher from each year group to come and teach the club with me. It will provide a time and space for them to work alongside the parents and children on making their particular yeargroup blog active and engaging, and hopefully boost confidence in the staff.

I would be really interested in hearing people’s thoughts on this. Have I missed out any critical things to teach? What are your favourite ways of teaching esafety stuff? Do you have interesting resources to share? Do you already do something similar? Please leave a comment and let me know.

The tutorials are embedded below. Please use them in your blogs if you find them useful, but a link to the Year 2 blog and a credit would be much appreciated.

Leaving a comment on a WordPress blog from jacksloan on Vimeo.

Writing a post on a WordPress blog from jacksloan on Vimeo.

Adding a link in a WordPress blog post from jacksloan on Vimeo.

Embedding a photograph, picture or drawing into a WordPress blog post from jacksloan on Vimeo.

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Voicethread is a brilliant tool for commenting collaboratively. It is very easy to use, and children can comment using text, a microphone or even a webcam. This presentation will help you to get started.

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Blog posts with pictures are much more exciting aren’t they? Videos are even better… Why not have a go at embedding a photo or video into a blog post? It’s really not as tricky as it sounds.

You can use any photo/video hosting site such as Flickr, but we use Photobucket. It is free and easy to use. Below are instructions for using Photobucket to add pictures/videos.

  1. Create an account on Photobucket. You will need an email address and an adult to help you do this bit.

  2. Make sure you are logged in to Photobucket.

  3. Now click on the button which says “Choose Files” You will need to find the picture you want to upload on your computer then click on “open”. Your picture will upload in a minute or so. Be patient!

  4. After a while, the screen will change. You can now give your picture a title, before clicking “return to album”

  5. You are doing well! Picture uploaded…

  6. Now open another window with Internet Explorer or the browser you use to look on the web. Go to the Year 2 blog.

  7. Log in – year 2 and the password… You know it!

  8. Click on “New Post”

  9. Give your post a title that will help people to understand what it is about.

  10. Write your blog post as normal. Remember to make it clear

  11. Now go back to photobucket. You should see your newly uploaded picture with funny looking boxes underneath.

  12. Click in the box which says “HTML code” Copy it by going to edit, then clicking on “copy”

  13. Nearly there! Now go back to your blog post. Near the top of the post, there is a box which lets you choose between “Visual” and “HTML” Make sure you have clicked “HTML”

  14. Now click where you want the picture to go.

  15. FINALLY… Go to Edit and click “Paste”. This should put a whole load of funny looking writing in the post. Don’t worry!

  16. Click Submit for review – you’re done!

Well done for sticking with it!

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Non-chronological reports

Posted by: | July 13, 2009 | No Comment |

Working on using Publisher with Year 2 to produce non-chronological reports. Researching using the web, Flickr/Compfight for photo searching and books. Children are getting on really well and really enjoying the design aspect. I just wish we had access to a more child-friendly DTP program. Any ideas?
non-chron reports

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Really pleased with how my introduction to Voicethread went today. All children in my class registered and left comments: Look at the transformation!

They all know how to log into Voicethread now, and seemed excited about the idea. They especially enjoyed recording (surprise surprise…) and were keen to try webcam commenting. I have ordered a webcam for the classroom.

Our next project using Voicethread will be to develop a class assembly collaboratively online. Check it out here.

Contributions from outside the classroom are also welcome!

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I’ve made this powerpoint presentation to get my kids up and running with Voicethread tomorrow.

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