Cluster Blogs

Muritai School

Every staff member (including principal and DP) at Muritai School has a blog and they are now all quite well established. Click on the class room number on this page to go and see each one.

Maungaraki School
Every class teacher has a blog - these are just getting started but I will link here to some of the blogs and will add more as these develop further.
Room One
Room Two
Room Three
Room Four
Room Five
Room Six
Room Seven
Room Eight
Room Nine
Randwick School
I know that there are at least two blogs at Randwick but I don't know the addresses - can you add them please :-)
Area 4's blog - Area 4's class blog - Yr 5 & 6 students

Petone Central
Every class has a blog
Puriri
Kowhai
Nikau
Kahikatea
Kauri
Tawa
Rata
Rimu
Koromiko
Pohutukawa


Outside the Cluster Blogs
There are directories of educational blogs on the following sites:
Support Blogging list of bloggers
NZedblogs
Interface Magazine NZ Blog directories (where you can register your own blog)
Teach.com (informative and motivational posts for all teachers)

Blogging Articles and Examples
This articleshows how one teacher is using blogging to have her children publish their research on a specific topic with links to her classes 21classes blog site.

Blogging Best Practice
Things that might be happening in a blog demonstrating best practise:
  • Authenticy of blog posts-focus on authentic topics
  • Teach audience and the power of writing for audience
  • Use blogging and commenting features for peer review of writing
  • Create a reading response-students read and write an interpretive blog post
  • Focus on metacognitive activities and have students reflect on learning
  • Like learning languages, start blogging young so it becomes a part of what students do
  • Involve the entire school community in blogging
  • Use blogging to establish connections and networks for learning
  • Focus on cross-curricular applications
  • Link to others to support content and create a culture of mashup
  • A goal/focus should be on student empowerment through self-expression, promoting a competitive voice and an identity
  • Take advantage of the digital nature of the medium to include other types of information, represented in podcasts, movies, graphics and hyperlinks
  • Provide additional time to complete blog posts when computer access for certain student groups is limited or not available.
  • The teacher should model blogging by being a blogger.
  • Provide time to read and comment on other student blogs
  • Apply traditional writing skills to blog posts, no IM language
  • Consider using blog posts as an ongoing portfolio of student writing.