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Any courses for the blog virgins?

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by bonsait09, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. Hi Joe - and everyone,
    I'm really keen to get some training in MFL blogs - I caught the bug at the Languages Show seminars - and really want to get into it. I know I could just try jumping right in there, but I know how skilled I already am at whiling away hours on the internet - so would like to do some CPD if there is any out there to structure my training!
    I haven't really found any courses that whet my appetite for my single CPD this year - so if there was anything happening in the next few months - in East Anglia/London/Birmingham, I'd appreciate if you could let me know about it. I've seen one course - too late - and too far away!
    Thanks in advance! [​IMG]

     
  2. Hi Joe - and everyone,
    I'm really keen to get some training in MFL blogs - I caught the bug at the Languages Show seminars - and really want to get into it. I know I could just try jumping right in there, but I know how skilled I already am at whiling away hours on the internet - so would like to do some CPD if there is any out there to structure my training!
    I haven't really found any courses that whet my appetite for my single CPD this year - so if there was anything happening in the next few months - in East Anglia/London/Birmingham, I'd appreciate if you could let me know about it. I've seen one course - too late - and too far away!
    Thanks in advance! [​IMG]

     
  3. dalej

    dalej New commenter

    Hi Bonsait09,
    Gail Haythorne does a course on blogging for Lighthouse training:
    http://www.lighthouse.tv/index.asp?fuseaction=subject&sbID=59&crsID=895
    I do one for Keynote Educational too although we've not finalised when the next set of dates will be:
    http://keynoteeducational.co.uk/shop/product_info.php?cPath=21_36&products_id=388&osCsid=7e375bfd06787e61faf297f74f97d596
    I can also come and run bespoke courses for individual schools or set of schools in a region. Email me at joedale@talk21.com for more information.
    Hope that helps
    Joe
     
  4. I think the essential question is: Why do you need a blog? I maintain a blog, a wiki, a Ning and two websites. My main reasons for doing this are (a) to disseminate information that other teachers might find useful, (b) to promote myself (which I manage to do quite successfully). There are, of course, more noble reasons, such as getting your students to write a blog and practise their foreign language skills. Take a look at what other MFL teachers are doing:
    [*]Alice Ayel's Blog: http://aliceayel.posterous.com [*]Suzi Bewell's Blog: http://www.allsaintslanguagesblog.typepad.co.uk [*]Alex Blagona's Blog: http://alexblagona.***.com [*]Helena Butterfield's Langwitch Chronicles: http://www.helenabutterfield.net [*]Mary Cooch's Blog: http://www.moodleblog.org [*]Joe Dale's Blog: http://joedale.typepad.com [*]Graham Davies's ICT4LT Blog: http://ictforlanguageteachers.***.com [*]Chris Harte's Blog:<font face="Times New Roman, Times, serif"> http://chrisharte.typepad.com</font> [*]Isabelle Jones's Blog: http://isabellejones.***.com [*]Samantha Lunn's Blog: http://languagesresources.wordpress.com [*]Modern Foreign Languages Environment (MFLE): http://ltsblogs.org.uk/mfle [*]Nik Peachey's Blog: http://nikpeachey.***.com [*]Jame Pearson's Blog: http://elblogjimmyp.***.com [*]Jos&eacute; Picardo's Box of Tricks Blog: http://www.boxoftricks.net [*]Amanda Salt's Blog: http://amandasalt.***.com [*]Clare Seccombe's Blog: http://www.changing-phase.***.com [*]Lisa Stevens' Blog: http://lisibo.***.com Keeping up with the competition is getting tougher!
    Regards
    Graham Davies
     
  5. For some reason or other my last contribution to this thread has been mangled and bits of the URLs replaced by asterisks - I have no idea why, The set of blog links that I posted can be found here, in Section 12.2 of Module 1.5 at the ICT for Language Teachers website (which I edit):
    http://www.ict4lt.org/en/en_mod1-5.htm#blog
    Graham
     
  6. Strange, GG - these are *** blogs ( b l o g s p o t) and I wonder what the problem is with them that they have been asterisked? Is there a hidden swearword in there somewhere?
     
  7. Thanks, Graham!
    My main reason, really, is for my students to be able to showcase their work - trying to add a bit of the product-driven element to the whole process. I liked how Chris Harte spoke about redesigning the whole SOW to make MFL more product-driven in the D&T style - we are learning this so that you can do this... type of way.
    I'm unclear about how it will best work with my students - but really want to get in on the action before I feel it's too complicated for me!
    I've seen some of these sites before but will check out the new ones too.
    Muchas gracias!
     
  8. That sounds like a good use of a blog, bonsait09. There are various ways in which you can do this. Blogs are fairly straightforward, but take a look at the other possibilities. See:
    What's the best platform to showcase student work?
    Edublogs and EduBlogger very popular among teachers:
    http://edublogs.org
    http://www.edublogger.org
    You could also consider a wiki or a Ning. See Section 12, Module 1.5 at the ICT4LT site for further information on the differences between these tools. I use all three tools for different purposes. These are mine:
    Blog: http://ictforlanguageteachers.***.com
    Wiki: http://grahamdavies.wikispaces.com
    Ning: http://virtualworldssig.ning.com
    They offer different ways of posting and sharing information, including photographs and videos. The main drawback of all the above tools is that none of them makes it easy to upload audio recordings. Photos - no problem. Videos - no problem. Audio - tricky, but I get round it by pasting links to recordings stored on my own website.
    Graham

     
  9. Weird, isn't it GG? I am now typing *** on its own.
    Graham
     
  10. Yup, the TES thinks that b l o g s p o t is a rude word.
    Graham
     
  11. Thanks, Graham!
    That's really helpful of you, and much appreciated![​IMG]
     
  12. GG, out of curiosoty I just had to research this further, so I broke b l o g s p o t into bits.
    It's g s p o t that the TES filters out.
    Graham
     
  13. And now I can't type "curiosity".
    Graham
     
  14. p Ah! g s p o t [​IMG] Thanks for enlightening me - I didn't work it out despite fancying myself as very good with words - sometimes things just stare you in the face and you don't see them!
     
  15. Just looked up Posterous. It is closing down in April 2013. Any other suggestions for a host site please?
     
  16. spsmith45

    spsmith45 New commenter

    Blogger is really easy to use, free and needs no specialist skills. They will ask you to set up a google account/email if you don't already have one, but this is just so you can log in. It doesn't become your main email address.
    There is a good range of ready-made templates and you can use your own URL address if you prefer.
     

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