Why use a Voki?

What is a Voki you might ask?

A Voki is a talking avatar or widget you can add to your sidebar or in a post.  Here is an example I created earlier today.

There are many ways in which Voki can be used in your classroom.

  • You can have students create the free version and then send you the code or permalink to add it to your class blog. Students can either type in their message or use a microphone and speak it directly into the Voki.
  • You can create a Voki Classroom where you have total control over the vokis students create – this costs money every year.

Here are some links regarding pricing and FAQs about Voki.

Visit  Mrs Moore’s blog – Easter around the world to see Voki in action on both sidebar and in post.

I will be writing a step by step guide for creating a free Voki and it will be in the Students as Bloggers blog within the next week.

Remember to leave a comment here saying where you could use a Voki in class.

 

Introducing you to …

Our new magazine showing off the posts of our blogging students around Tasmania.

View my Flipboard Magazine.

This is a Flipboard magazine which is open to the world but I don’t advertise it on Twitter or anywhere so probably will only be seen by classes here in Tasmania.

I began this magazine when we had out previous blogging setup but I have deleted the posts from those students and decided to start fresh from this year.

To add posts to this magazine, I look at the posts created by students on class blogs and students who have their own blog – if they are a great example of writing for the age of the students involved, then I flip the post.

Hope you enjoy reading the stories and information from this magazine. You can add the code to your own blog and have it on the sidebar in a text box.

A new year begins …

and we have some new classes blogging.

So please check out these bloggers who are from the junior years of schooling. If you want to follow their blog posts, you will need to fill in the subscribe by email widget on the sidebar of their blog, as they have some of the higher privacy options.

1/2 Mrs Hennessy has been blogging for a couple of years but this is the first year she has opened it to those in our eLearning setup.

The next five teachers are all at the same school.

1/2 Mrs Moore has been blogging for a couple of years and has some students with their own blogs.  Some of her students from last year have moved on to –

3/4 Mrs Coe and Mrs McKibben who will be team teaching for the year. They have student blogs attached.

Prep/1 Mrs Strohfeld is a new blogger as is Prep Mrs Talbert. I am sure Mrs Moore and her blogging students will be giving help when asked for by these teachers.

When on a three day trip to the north of the state, this blog was started.

2/3 Miss Johnstone and I also had five of her students starting their own blogs which they will use as part of their school work as well as their own thoughts and passions.

You can find links to all these blogs on the sidebar of this blog.

 

Visitor maps

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Now that the new year has started, many of you will have noticed that your old clustrmap needs replacing. This is because the clustrmap company has now changed hands and their maps will only be showing one month’s worth of visitors at a time. There wont be a cumulative total like there used to be.

Go to your blog dashboard> appearance> widgets and drag the clustrmap widget back into your available widget area or open the widget and click delete.

Maybe you want to change to a different map on your blog?

Thanks you Sue Waters from Edublogs for allowing me to adapt part of this post. You will need to read part of this post to know how to add other widgets by using the text box in your widget area.

Commonly Used Visitor Tracking Widgets

Visitor tracking widgets are popular on class blogs because:

  • Knowing you’re writing for a global audience is incredibly motivating for students.
  • Realizing people from other countries are reading what they’ve written increases students’ interest, excitement and motivates them to blog.
  • It also provides built-in geography lessons — most students constantly check for new visitors and enjoy finding out more about the countries where their visitors are from.

It’s quite common to see class blogs use more than one visitor tracking widget as each widget provides different information about visitors to the blog.

Here’s a quick overview of the most commonly used visitor tracking widgets on class blogs:

 Flag Counter Flag Counter widget shows the total number of visitors from each country next to the country’s flag. Every time someone from a new country visits your site, a new flag will be added to your counter.  Clicking on the flag counter takes you to your Flag counter page which provides more detailed charts and information about your visitors.
 Feedjit Feedjit Live Traffic Feed displays visitors to your blog in real time and includes: Which city and country your visitors are in; Which website they arrived from, if any; Which page they visited on your website; Which external link they clicked to leave your site, if anyYour traffic feed is updated as each visitor arrives on your site. This update occurs before it loads so each of your visitors can see their own location displayed.Clicking on the Feedjit Live Traffic counter takes you to your Live traffic page which provides more detailed information including the countries associated with web visitors’ IP addresses, the web browser, computer operating system, and referring website.
Revolver Map Revolver Map displays all visitor locations and recent hits live and in realtime on a revolving globe of the Earth. A click on the widget opens the live statistics page. The map can be a flat earth or a globe that revolves.

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Adding students to your blog

3rd Qtr Honors Assembly Mar 13, 2009, 10-36 PM

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There are a few ways to add students to your blogs.

Adding a whole class of students who are not yet users in the eLearning blogging set up,  then check forms in the header area for a spreadsheet to fill in. When you send it back to Sue she will add the students in bulk. You only have to fill in certain columns so check which ones first.

A few new students to add or a new student comes later in the year, do the following:

  1. Go to blog dashboard
  2. Users
  3. Blog and user creator
  4. New user

Now you need to fill in some information:

Username – three or four letters representing your school, two numbers representing year the student will leave your school and the student first name  eg gou19vinnie or sor20annie or long18john

Email address – if you don’t know the email for your students go to http://ds.education.tas.gov.au – log in and students – click on the Northern or southern region, then the + sign in front of your school name – find your class and open that. All student emails will be there.

Password – you can choose your own for each student – maybe their mathletics, reading eggs, study ladder password. Or if you want students to create their own, put in password as the password and change this as soon as they login to the class blog.

User role – if you only want them to leave comments, then subscriber will do. If you want students to write posts for the class blog, then give them the role of contributor.

Adding students who already have a username in the eLearning set up, do the following:

 

  1. Go to blog dashboard
  2. Users
  3. Blog and user creator
  4. Existing user

You only have to fill in two things here – the student’s email address and the role you want them to have on your class blog

 

 

 

 

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