Category Archives: Information

Lost some widgets

The department has recently added an SSL certificate to our blog domain and this now makes the blogs more secure. You will notice they now start with https:// instead of http://

But this means some of the widgets you have added to sidebars such as class pets from bunnyherolabs, vokis and feedjit live stream might not be showing properly.

I have been testing a way around this using Julie Moore’s blog and the only widget not working now is feedjit. I have contacted the website and will wait for an answer about how to fix it.

If you have a class pet or voki, the easiest way to fix is go to

dashboard>appearance> widgets> find the one with the code for that widget and wherever http:// occurs in the code, add the s to make it https://

This is occurring because of using the flash player to show the pet and voki on your blog.


This time last year, I was attending the ISTE conference in Denver, Colorado. But, unfortunately this year I am #NotatISTE.

Even though I am not there in person, I can attend parts of the conference virtually. Here are some of the ways to do that:

1. Twitter – you don’t need to be a member of Twitter to take part in the conversations there. A great place to get ideas for use in the classroom, tools to use on your blog and other educators to chat with around the world.  You do need to be a Twitter member, though, if you want to include your opinion on any of the topics.

Follow hashtags on Twitter – #ISTE2017, #ISTE17, #NotatISTE2017, #NotatISTE17

2. #NotatISTE Google+ Community – this began a few years ago and now has thousands of teachers and educators around the world participating in this community. You have a chance to create your own avatar and include it on your own badge with ribbons. There is a Daily Challenge as well as a general challenge for the conference period.

3. ISTE unplugged live – sessions run by educators not attending ISTE and using the Blackboard Collaborate rooms for the presentations.

4. Periscope – follow educators as they video what is happening at ISTE. Check out #passthescopeedu and their weebly found here, Shelly Sanchez has part of the keynote here.

5. Follow Sue Waters who has created a great blog post about NotatISTE and how she makes the most of attending the conference virtually.

6. Flipboard – a way to curate lots of blog posts relating to ISTE

7. Livebinders – another way to curate resources from ISTE

Reasons to blog in class

Following on from my Brekkie with a techie session, I have had inquiries from teachers about starting class blogs or blogs for particular areas such as STEAM within a school.

If you are still not sure why blogging is so good for both the teacher and student, then check out this infographic or image created in 2015 by Sylvia Duckworth who creates sketch notes.

Sylvia has now put 100 of her sketchnotes in a book, so check it out here.

Which of these reasons resonate with you in your classroom? Which do you feel are most important?

Why begin blogging in your class?

This Thursday, I will be running a Brekkie with a techie session at Launceston College. I have been asked to do this by Kent Poulton, my previous boss. It is to be a basic introduction to blogging with mainly primary school teachers. It is being held from 7.30am-8.30am before school starts. I have also invited Linda Bonde from Riverside Primary to come and talk about her blog.

What do I think is important to know before starting to blog with your class?

  1. What is a blog?
  2. How do other teachers use their class blog?
  3. How can you introduce it to your class?
  4. How does it work within the curriculum?

What is a blog?

How do other teachers use their class blog?

  • Share information and class news with parents, family and caregivers.
  • Provide students with a way to access assignments, homework, resources and information about their class online.
  • For global collaboration and authentic audience.
  • To inspire and motivate students.

Check out these blogs from Tasmanian schools:

Blogs from overseas (teachers blogging for a long time)


Made with Padlet

How can you introduce blogging to your class?

Show them the video above and use the student activity sheet linked here.

Create a display board related to blogging.

Do paper blogging with your students, put results on the display board for classroom visitors and other teachers, parents to see.

How does blogging work within the curriculum?

I have started creating posts relating blogging to the Australian curriculum but here is a quick list of possible ways:

  • value of strong passwords
  • privacy settings
  • multimodal reading and writing
  • digital safety
  • being a good digital citizen
  • embedding English genres for reading and writing
  • questioning skills
  • creating graphs, surveys, polls
  • creative commons images
  • using advanced safe searches online
  • chance for everyone to have their opinion heard

A blog works best when it is part of the daily classroom life rather than an extra add on.

Blogging in the curriculum

Clandon Park

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Lots of teachers start a class blog but some of them quickly go by the wayside.

Why is this?

Often it is because the teacher thinks of the blog as an add-on to the very full curriculum they already have to plan and teach.

Those teachers, though, who use their blog to plan and reflect on what they have taught, will  use their blog as part of the curriculum.

I am going to write a series of posts about how blogging can be an everyday part of your curriculum and how it can help with assessing students for their ICT capabilities as well as under the digital technologies curriculum.

I will create a category called Curriculum if you want to follow the posts more easily.

If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them in the comments of each post.