I have just added a link to a site regarding the following information through your Diigo, but I thought I would elaborate a little more.
This is just something to keep in mind when you are learning how to create your own Blogs in the coming weeks with Virginia and Michelle.
I have just come back from 2 day conference on learning technologies in SYD- one of the sessions I attended was facilitated by the TL from Wiley Park PS Gill Maugle and the Assistant Principal Miss Robyn Bush on ‘Book Raps and Book Blogs’
See Roby’s blog sharing the background information on this project http://msbush.edublogs.org
Gill has kindly shared all her programs and links to syllabus outcomes/ resources / teaching ideas and how to integrate ICLT into this unit! Massive amount of material here.
This link takes you to her past raps http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/raps/
And this one takes you to her most recent one which was based around the book titled ‘Fearless’ 2010 book week shortlisted book
The whole idea was that the rap was shared through a central blog – she also purchased a stuffed toy that resembled ‘Fearless’ who has spent his time travelling to each of the schools that were involved in the rap with the students documenting his experiences through the blog. I know this is nothing new- we all remember Projects like the ‘Teddy Bear Project etc’ which were run through email contacts.
Though the blog offers far greater learning opportunities and potential for collaboration. You may with to use her existing unit based around ‘Fearless’ as a starter – and run this on whatever scale you are comfortable. This may be run at a school level or you may wish to connect with a couple of schools within your cluster –
They are starting another book rap and blog around the 2011 Book week theme and this will begin in August so keep your eyes on her blog for more details.
OR someone from our diocese may wish to initiate our own DOW rap.
This is all food for thought- but what a great way to advocate your library in terms of how you are engaging with contemporary learning tools such as blogs and all the additional web 2.0 tools that could be then incorporated into your blogs- (which you will learn about through Virginia and Michelle) to support student outcomes.
I will be happy to assist in any way possible.
I would love to hear your thoughts.
Remember – a blog is a two-way communication tool- someone posts something offering others the opportunity to respond. So have a voice and lets hear your thoughts!