Author Archives: John Johnston

Dunrobin Junior Journalists⤴

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Dunrobin Junior Journalists

Dunrobin Junior Journalists

The Dunrobin Junior Journalists us a Glow blog as part of their project:

We are the Junior Journalists in Dunrobin Primary School in Airdrie. We attend an after school club on Tuesdays, where we work together to produce a school magazine all about the things that are going on in and around our school. We also have our own blog, which we use as our TV channel “Dunrobin News”. We upload video news reports we have made onto this blog and we also post some of the articles from our magazine.

The reason we started this club is because Mrs Whomes applied for an Access to Education grant to improve literacy in our school. She used the grant to buy 16 ipads and some digital cameras that we use at the club. We even get to take the cameras home to make our news reports.

On 15th May, we got to go to Sky Skills Academy in Livingston where we worked in their studios to produce an 8 minute long news programme. It was so much fun and we learned lots about working in the media!

You can read the Dunrobin Junior Journalists blog, and a post about their Trip To Sky Studios.

Dunrobin Primary were enthusiastic participants in the Blogging Bootcamp.

GPS Sensational Sevens⤴

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This is a wonderful class blog from Gourock. The pupils and their teacher blog about a wide range of activities, using images and video expertly.

Hello and welcome to Gourock Primary School’s P7 Class Blog Inverclyde. Check back regularly to see what we have been up to! This Blog is updated by P7 pupils and Mrs Hunter. Follow us on Twitter: @MrsAndreaHunter



Gourock Primary Sensational Sevens

Barassie Nursery – pm Travelling Ted Blog⤴

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Barassie Nursery – pm.

Not the original Travelling Ted blog, but this is an idea worth repeating:

Welcome to Travelling Ted’s Blog

Look through our blog to see all the places Travelling Ted has visited. Find out about all the things he got to do and all the things he saw on the way

My Island⤴

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My Island.

An interesting looking blog from a Primary Learner, Emma describes here blog:

I live on the lovely island of Islay on the west coast of Scotland.  We have lots of lovely wildlife, beaches and people and places to visit.  I go to port Ellen Primary School and every year primary 5-7 carry out an Endeavour project.  This is an extended project that must be ambitious, challenging, have new learning and be shared with others.  Last year my Endeavour project was on cooking, and I made lots of different foods in the school kitchen.  This year I am going to be travelling around my island and finding out more about it.  I will write about my experiences in this blog with the help of my teachers and parents.  I want to learn all the different things there are to do on Islay that I enjoy.

Dark corners of the Internet⤴

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How do we redirect seemingly inane goals of “connecting” beyond upping friend, follower, and subscriber counts towards notions of community and care and concern for each other, especially in places and conversations that are fraught with anger, frustration, and deep, deep potential for harm?

from: What We Don’t Talk about When We Talk about Connectedness by Bud The Teacher
Great Question, greatarticle gives no glib answer except some more good questions. I am sure I can’t answer it either but I don’t think the answer is to turn if off or ignore it. Children face danger in real life too, I wonder if we can learn from that?

Education Modern Learners is behind a membership wall, some articles like this one can be read with my free membership.

Leicester City Council OERs⤴

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Leicester City Council is the first local government authority in the United Kingdom (UK) to provide 84 community schools with blanket permission to openly license their educational resources. The council is recommending that school staff use the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to share materials created in the course of their work. The Council has also released guidance and practical information for school staff on using and creating open educational resources (OER).

from: Leicester City Council gives permission to 84 schools to create and share OER – Creative Commons
Leicester’s material is available at Open Education for Schools – Guidance and Resources and is itself released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence (CC BY 4.0) so that they can be shared and adapted openly, as long as attribution is given.
What a wonderful example to others.

Wikipedia Tips from #eduwiki⤴

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Yesterday I went along to the EduWiki Conference 2014 conference in Edinburgh organised by Wikimedia UK. A really interesting day included presentations about how wikipedia is being used in education (mostly tertiary) and a great discussion of how support for using Wikipedia in schools could be developed.

Like, I guess, most primary teacher I used wikipedia a fair bit, and bless, aimed at learners of english provides articles using Simple English using the 1000 most common and basic words in English. A great resource for younger pupils or pupils who prefer simpler english. However I know I only scratch the surface of Wikipedia. Along with my colleague Ian Stuart I’ve talked to a few Wikimedians at various events recently and always learn something new.

From the school education perspective the talk by Martin Poulter, @mlpoulter, former Wikimedia Ambassador at Jisc, was really valuable, his premise was that for academics it was well worth looking under the bonnet of Wikipedia. This was not some terrifying code view of articles but just using some of the tools on Wikipedia pages.

Wikipedia pages are available in different languages listed at the bottom of the left sidebar. These could : give different perspectives, eg looking at the different language versions of the Gaza Strip page illustrates different points of view. These pages can also be used by pupils studying languages.

Each Wikipedia pages has a link to a Talk page, there you will find discussion of the article and get a measure of how much discussion and work has gone on behind the scenes. The article may be rated for quality & importance. There may be links to a project1 that helps organise the page.

Some pages Talk pages, example, may show that they are a Featured Article you can then click a link to show Article milestones which shows the progress of the article quality.

Back on the article pages you can find the contributors by clicking view History, then Revision History Statistics, you could also look at Page View Stats these have more statistics and graphs than anyone could want. I don’t think you would want to visit these pages every time you look at a Wikipedia article in class but they are useful to know about. With older pupils and tertiary level students it can demonstrate the huge audience you could gain by editing Wikipedia.

After looking at a page Martin took us the Wikipedia Main Page asking how many people had never seen it a surprising number of hands were raised. The Main page lists sister projects2 & other good stuff, seldom visited for example the Featured Content page.

Featured content represents the best that Wikipedia has to offer. These are the articles, pictures, and other contributions that showcase the polished result of the collaborative efforts that drive Wikipedia. All featured content undergoes a thorough review process to ensure that it meets the highest standards, and can serve as the best example of our end goals.

It would be well worth projecting the main Wikipedia page in class now and then for a look or looking at he main page of some of the sister projects, perhaps the word of the day or species of the week.

On twitter Martin posted a couple of other resources: Ten Ways Educators Can Use Wikipedia & the Education Brochures both of which look like they are worth exploring.

You can get some idea of how interesting the rest of the day and conference were from the #eduwiki tweets, I used Martian Hawsksey’s tools to create an archive and an exploratory view.

Open Content Toolkit⤴

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The purpose of this wiki is to provide a gateway to contemporary and historical open digital media content from media archives and collections around the world. It is a space to explore, discuss and share examples of the use of open media at all school stages and at all levels of education. It is intended to be a truly Cross Curricular resource. The toolkit is free and open to all with an interest in open resources, media archives, education and the digital humanities.

from: OpenContentToolkit – home

A great new resource from Theo Kuechel. There are already 100’s of pages full of information about where to get free to use media along with suggestions of how it can be used and ways to use it.

There is already a growing members list an the wiki is open to requests for members and edits from those members. I’ve joined and I hope lots of other teachers do to.