This year, I have made a conscious effort to learn more about the world of blogging. Fortunately, blogging has been a PD priority at my school and therefore we have had time with Rita (ICON Coach) to set up class blogs and explore the endless possibilities of Global 2. I feel that these PD opportunities, as well as the support of Karen, our ICT Leader, have helped me to become a more competent blogger.
The students have really taken to our class blog (http://34jp.global2.vic.edu.au) and I have tried to integrate its use into our everyday learning rather than blogging being just an additional thing to do.
I have long been wanting to create my own personal blog and I am glad that Module 2 has got me started on this. Through the activities in Module 2, I have explored a few different blogs. As I have been a regular user of Global 2 blogs, I purposely explored the blogs of those who used Google Blogger. I feel that Global 2 has more to offer visually and therefore decided to go ahead with a Global 2 blog for my personal blog. I have purposely chosen a different theme to that of the class blog, in hopes that I will learn more about Global 2 through exploration as I spend some time making the blog ‘pretty’.
I also completed the optional activity of Module 2 and have created a Twitter account. I already have a personal Twitter account, however I thought it best to create a separate ‘professional’ Twitter account, especially if I begin to use it within the classroom.
The videos mentioned that Twitter can be a source of great ideas for the classroom. This is true and I have found great links beforehand through my personal account, such as a great article about 100 ways to use iPads in the classroom. The second video described ways to have the students using Twitter. This sounds interesting however I will need to check with Karen whether we are able to do this at school.
I have included a link to my Twitter feed, which you should be able to see at the top right hand corner of the page. I would like to find out how I can embed my Twitter feed into the blog so that my tweets are visible on the home page of my blog.