Digital Volunteer Form: Building Audience in Your School Community

As more and more teachers and students are using blogging as a platform for learning, there is a greater need to build an audience within, and outside of our school communities. I’ve shared the idea of Digital Volunteers with a number of schools as an effective way to engage parents in conversations with students about learning throughout the school . . .

Cheryl Rader at South Perth showed me the form she was building to send home to her school community in support of the staff and students at South Perth. So I thought it might be helpful to create a generic form that any school can customize to meet their needs. I’ve embedded the form below. If you would like access to this form for your school, please leave a comment below and I will add you as a collaborator! If there is information you think should be added please share your ideas below as well. Happy Blogging!

Lessons to Integrate Blogging into your Classroom Program

I posted this resource in the Help and Support Documents a few years ago and thought it deserved an update, refresh, and re-share. Lessons to Integrate Blogging into your Classroom Program is a resource that may help guide some of the work you do with students are you introduce blogging as a platform for learning. The lessons shared here are meant to provide you with examples and ideas about how you might integrate blogging into your program as you begin to uncover the potential of the Edublogs platform. Remember, the most valuable resources you have are your students -and your students want to learn in partnership with you. With the rate at which technology is evolving it has become impossible to have all the answers or stay ahead of the game. What is possible is modelling a growth mindset and showing your students that you are ‘always learning’ (sing it… !).  And don’t forget that you are also connected to over 500+ educators in the AMDSB EdTech Learning Community who are ‘always learning’ too!

We are all in this together -kids included- and together we learn with, and from one another.

 

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Creating and Sharing Google Calendars with Students and Parents

I love using google calendar to keep my life organized!  Previously, I always sent a hard copy of a class calendar home each month.  But then I always found I had to add events or things changed which meant more communication and quite honestly, a big hassle!  I have since graduated to an online calendar which is located on my blog.

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I love this because it is quick, I can add an event from any of my devices to the class calendar and most importantly, parents continue to be connected to my classroom blog!  As a busy parent myself, I was thinking how great it would be if parents could link up my class calendar to their own devices instead of having to add things in manually to their own calendars….I then remembered that a couple years ago I had a tech savvy parent who added my class calendar to his device so I sent a quick email and voila! the step by step instructions for creating and sharing Google calendars!  I’ve attached the link below in case anyone is interested.

Creating and Sharing Class Calendars

In my introduction letter to my parents (I am just coming back from maternity leave), I also share instructions for adding the calendar from devices other than Apple.

Link to Class Blog with Instructions

Enjoy!

Jenn Regier