If you – or your school – has an account with the Flickr photo-sharing website, you might want to set it up so that you can post photos directly from Flickr to your edubuzz blog(s).
In Flickr, go to Your Account, Extending Flickr, then add the blog to Your Blogs. There’s a test, which will post a message like this to check it’s working:
This is a test post from , a fancy photo sharing thing.
My slideshow from Scottish Learning Festival 2008 talk “Making Glow Happen: How lessons from deploying a smaller scale authority-wide web publishing system in East Lothian may help.”
Original PowerPoint presentation:making-glow-happen (22 slides, 1.8MB)
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Here’s a link to it on Slideshare.net.
For Islayian‘s benefit, and anyone else interested, this is a section of video just to show what his link-up looked like to those of us attending TeachMeet08 at the Scottish Learning Festival 2008.
This shows the sort of thing that Glow Meet enables within schools, where, for example, a visiting speaker in one school could be live linked to other sites.
If you’re interested, the original FlashMeeting can be replayed on-line, and Nicholas Hughes, who attended via FlashMeeting, has blogged a good summary of the presentations.
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Law Primary’s recent inspection report is now available on HMIE’s web site. The school’s blogs get seven mentions altogether, including in this Good Practice box.
Effective Use of ICT
Staff wanted to be more innovative in their use of ICT. They created a school blog to provide information on all aspects of school life and to encourage a regular dialogue between home and school. Staff worked closely with the local authority ICT team to set up the site and then took on responsibilities for maintaining it.
Pupils were given a key role in providing the content. Pupils at the upper stages displayed and gave an account of their achievements and the range of activities that they had taken part in. Across the school, pupils used the site to provide feedback on school events. At P6 and P7, a pilot programme for homework was introduced with homework tasks and links to helpful educational sites posted on the blog.
The blog also helped parents to keep in contact with their children who took part in the P7 residential trip and let them know about the daily activities. Development and use of the blog has helped to promote pupils’ language, ICT and independent learning skills. It has also proved to be a highly effective way of highlighting and celebrating pupils’ achievements.
Hopefully this positive report will help other schools Scotland-wide make the case for using blogs for educational purposes. Unfortunately we know that Law Primary’s blog, along with all www.edubuzz.org blogs, are currently blocked by web filters in a number of Scottish education authorities.