USING BLOGS AT TOKO SCHOOL


Student & Class Blogs

Our Schools Vision: to develop 21st century learners who can connect to their community and their world using modern technologies.

Portfolios of Learning

Our students learning journey is now be recorded as an e-Portfolio on their individual school Blogs. We ask that each parent signs up to their child’s blog and their class Blog. A sort video clip explaining how to do this is below.

How to sign up to your child’s and their class blog.

Each time students post a new learning item you will receive an e.mail. It is hoped that you will view this in their blog and then provide a comment to support their learning.

The following information is from the Ministry of Education . . .

What is an e-Portfolio?

An e-Portfolio is an electronic format for them to:

 Record of their work, goals and achievements

 Reflect on their learning

 Share their learning and receive feedback and feed forward. Why use an e.Portfolio?

Why use an e.Portfolio?

 A blog immediately reflects the student learning process and progress.

 Technology enables the use of a range of media—video, sound and images—as well as text to show both the learning process and final products.

 A students teacher, peers, parents and whanau can participate and provide immediate feedback on their learning.

 Students can take increasing responsibility for their own learning by recording and reflecting on their learning in their blog.

 Students can carry their portfolio throughout their learning journey and use it to record, assess, evaluate and reflect at any time.

We are really excited about these new updates and the fact that parents can be involved in their students ‘real time’ learning.

At Year 1—3 students will bring their learning journey portfolio book home in Week 9 of each term. We will be reviewing the format of this for Year 1—3 during the year.

Tips for Effective Commenting on your Child’s Individual Blog

Commenting on your child’s blog or class blog  is a powerful way to be involved in their learning. It gives the child feedback on their learning from someone other than the teacher and it helps strengthen the home – school partnership.

Below are 5 Top Tips for effective commenting. These tips are based on tips from a teacher and experienced blogger called Mrs Yollis and although they talk about tips for writing, they can be adapted for all posts, not just writing.

Tip #1 Be positive and specific – Start by telling the author something that you like about their writing. Be specific about what it is you like. Comments such as ‘I like your writing’ don’t really tell the author much. Instead comments such as ‘I like the way you have remembered capital letters and punctuation’ are more useful to the writer as they give information.
A good way to make sure you are being positive and still providing constructive feedback is to use the ‘two stars and a wish’ format. This means saying two things you like and one thing you wish they would include next time. Relating your comments to the students specific goal is important. This ensures we give feedback about what they are focusing on, rather than focusing on something they may not be ready for.

Tip #2 Add New Information   –  Adding new information or facts in your comments is a good way to keep your comment relevant. Check the other comments to make sure no one else has already said what you want to say.

 Tip #3 Make a Connection –   If someone writes a post that reminds you of a time you did something, then tell them about it. Add some facts if you can.

Tip #4 End with a Question  –  If you can,  end with a question –  you might get a conversation going between you and the writer. Make sure your questions are relevant to the post though.

Tip #5 Proofread –   Make sure you check your comment for things such as capital letters and punctuation. Remember ‘I’ as a pronoun needs to be a capital. Only use one exclamation mark – if you are really excited by the writing maybe use more words.download