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A first week diary for those early days in September
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
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. (
Meole 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
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
Pupil feedback on units of study (As
Podcasting in a foreign language (like
Podcasting weekly newsletters for parents (see
To get a few children started blogging I find template based poetry useful. Some of the posts at
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 (
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!
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
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