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  • A first week diary for those early days in September (Sandaig Otters for lots of examples of this)
  • Publishing daily work in shared writing during the literacy hour - possible uses of a Wiki to develop a longer piece of writing. (See Meole Brace English blog for an example of developing creative writing using trackbacks, and Hopeblog for their creative writing and podcasting).
  • Record and publish video to the blog of IWB notes or sessions.
  • Book reviews, share thoughts and comments (positive and negative) about books recently read - it will encourage reading! ( Meole Brace English - using trackbacks from individual blogs)
  • A photo blog - upload favourite images linked to a theme eg. harvest, freezing, new life. Ask students to comment on reason why it's a favourite. ( Brace Art - reviewing famous artists' work which could extend to peer review. Follow the trackbacks to see the pictures. Podcast critiques, reviews and comments like here)
  • Comments about which leisure/ after school activities they are involved in - It might encourage other kids to have a go at something new. Provide some structure to the blog eg. Activity?, Times?, day of week? would you recommend it? star rating etc.
  • A daily weather blog - accurate records (eg. temp., rainfall, wind direction) through description and photographs. Just taking the old weather records to a different level!
  • Community of Practice - learning new software/developing an FAQ (Lacon Childe ICT here and here)
  • Pupil feedback on units of study (As here and here)
  • Podcasting in a foreign language (like here)
  • Podcasting weekly newsletters for parents (see here)
  • To get a few children started blogging I find template based poetry useful. Some of the posts at Poets are of this sort, keeping the poems short is a good idea if you don't have many computers.
  • Book reviews can be illustrated with scans of children's art work, children seem to find using a scanner to scan there own pictures motivating ( example )
  • Posting homework tasks every week - eg. maths problems, children to comment as their task.
  • Ask teachers within the school from other classes to comment on work - a weekly headteacher blog would be a nice way to comment on work across the school, I think I will ask my headteacher when we start!
  • Concept Cartoons for science posted prior to a lesson or a week of work. Children are asked to comment on what they think will happen and then these can be used as a start to the first lesson or as an intitial assessment.
  • Post of video of SMARTBoard or IWB session during a maths lesson. For example the written methods for multiplication are included, the children can use it as a revision aid - the parents get to see how the school wants it set out AND the children get to comment on their favoured method.
  • Video of handwriting on IWB can also be posted in the same way.
  • "All about me - I am unique" (links to RE) posting simple CV work in the first few weeks - links to autobiography in Literacy.
  • Post homework maths problems to solve.
  • Local history - family members can be asked to help blog their memories of how the town / area has changed over the years. Perhaps post an old image from the past and ask grandparents etc to comment with children from your class.
  • Posting images from a digi microscope for the children to comment on. "What is under our microscope?" - or even asking for people to guess what the image is and to comment on the suggestions.
  • Post a health or ecological "problem" and have students come up with innovative solutions with proper research to back up the solution's feasibility.
  • Establish some safe guidelines then simply let the kids write about their world and ideas and thoughts.
  • Put up a blog post on a specific issue and invite students to contribute comments on the issue. As comments can be moderated before going live this is a simple and safe way to blog (as here)