Ultranet

The Ultranet is an amazing and new online Learning Environment that all children, teachers and parents in Victorian schools will have access to. We have started the year off by making sure we log in and use the Ultranet everyday. At first we needed to learn our passwords and keep these safe. This was another good opportunity for Ms Woodward and the class to revisit how to stay safe online and how we create  a positive online presence.

ultranet We have been logging onto the Ultranet everyday just to get the hang of remembering our usernames and passwords. Learning how to navigate around the Ultranet, and joining some spaces that have been created by our teacher and another teacher Miss Cashen.

We also learnt to go into our Express Page and click on the tab Student Goals and use this to write up our goals from our Inquiry Portfolio.

What where your learning goals?

What do you like about the Ultranet?

Have you joined any spaces?

Can you recommend any good spaces for kids to join?

Holidays are nearly here.

free glitter text and family website at FamilyLobby.com

WOW. What a year and what a journey we have had with all things tech. We started the blog in August and slowly we have seen it grow. We use the blog daily and enjoy seeing all the visitors from around the world. We will continue with the blog next year and hope to make more connections with classes from around the world.

What have you enjoyed about having a blog this year? Make a comment below.

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Edublog Awards 2010

edublog awards banner

This post if for Edublog Challenge Nominations

This is the first time I have participated in the Edublog Challenge . It has been a great opportunity for myself and my class to learn about blogging. We have learnt how to write comments,  how to create avatars, insert cluster maps and how to use creative commons. What a great challenge. We are already looking forward to the next one.

The Edublog Challenge aims to Celebrating the achievements of edubloggers, twitterers, podcasters, video makers, online communities, wiki hosts and other web based users of educational technology.’

So here are my nominations for 2010.

Best individual tweeter Tom Barrett

Best student blog Teegan’s Terrific Blog

Best class blog 4/5/6/Learning Centre

Best group blog Challenge Yourself to Blog

Best resource sharing blog edte.ch

Best educational tech support blog The Edublogger by Sue Waters

Best teacher blog Integrating Technology In The Primary Classroom

Best educational podcast Ed Tech Crew

Best educational wiki Games in Education

Best educational webinar series Tech Talk Tuesdays by Anne Mirtschin

Lifetime achievement Sue Waters

Have you made your nominations?

Visit this link to Nominate today!

Nominations close Friday 3rd December.

Happy Nominating everyone.

Attributing Images on the web

This post is for Edublog challenge 5

Today we have been learning about images you can use on the web.
You can use pictures that you make or take yourself BUT images on the internet that someone else have photographed or drawn are protected by COPYRIGHT. Using someone else’s work without their permission is called ‘copyright infringement’ and you can get in trouble for this.

However some people are happy to share their work and use their images in a blog as long as you attribute who originally created it. One such place is Creative Commons. This is an organisation that gives out licenses for people to share their work. So you can use images with a creative commons license in your blog as long as you attribute the image. This means that under the image you say who made it AND where it came from.

One website that offers images with a Creative Commons license is FlickrCC.

Look at the water posters we created below. Ms Woodward is very pleased as the children in her class made the posters without any help. That means Grade 1/2 know how to copy and paste an image and why it is important to attribute any images they use with a Creative Commons license.

Bail In

gus’s water

Ma Aka

macakyla

Nathan

shakayla

Sine Ad

William

Zowie Heart

Well done Grade 1/2. I am very pleased with your posters.

Grade 3/4 visit our class.

We were pleased to show Grade 3/4 our class blog. We showed them how we create avatars using the program Voki. They were very excited to create their own avatars. Have a look and listen below.




By Mrs Pohlner


Get a Voki now!

By Sinead


Get a Voki now!

by Shakayla


Get a Voki now!

By Jack

Using Images in Blog Posts

This is a post for the Edublog challenge #5.

This week write two posts about using images in blogs.

  • Why should we use images? How do images improve your blog?
  • How do you add images to your blog?
  • Where do you get your images?
  • How do you add the attribution?

Having a blog has given us a world wide audience and we just love reading comments  made to our blog and keeping the conversation going with a quality comment. There are many ways to make what you say on the blog interesting and engaging. The use of links, videos and widgets such as voki and slideshare are a great way to be creative and share ideas.

Another way to make sure the reader is involved and engaged is to use images. Being a visual learner myself I am always appreciative if I see an image as it helps me to see the bigger picture. Don’t forget a picture tells a thousand words!

Now this is the important part. Did you know that you can’t just use any image in your blog post?

You can use pictures that you make or take yourself BUT images on the internet that someone else have photographed or drawn are protected by COPYRIGHT. Using someone else’s work without their permission is called ‘copyright infringement’ and you can get in trouble for this.

However some people are happy to share their work and use their images in a blog as long as you attribute who originally created it. One such place is Creative Commons. This is an organisation that gives out licenses for people to share their work. So you can use images with a creative commons license in your blog as long as you attribute the image. This means that under the image you say who made it AND where it came from.

One website that offers images with a Creative Commons license is FlickrCC.

Image: ‘Water is Life‘ 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29145102@N00/268886883

Another easy way to find images that you can use in your blog post is do an advanced search in Google Images. The advanced search filter has  a drop down menu where you can select ‘labelled for reuse’. You can use these images in your blog post too.

Your challenge for this week grade 1/2 is to find an image in FlickrCC to use to create a ‘Water for life’ poster that you will attribute. These posters will be made into a slideshow to share on our class blog.

Also visit these great blogs that have written on adding images to blogs.

Some fantastic ideas and important guidelines to always remember when adding images to your blog.

Kath McGeady

Miss Wyatt

Sue Waters

Stay tuned for the next post which will be a tutorial on how to insert and attribute an image onto the class blog.

Bendigo Quiz

This post is for the Edublog Challenge 3.

This challenge has many activities to choose from. We particularly liked creating a quiz about where you live as we just love our city of Bendigo. Can you think of any more questions to add to our quiz?

Voki’s

This is a post for Edublog challenge 2.

The challenge is to create a voki character for your blog.

6. Create a Voki to put on your blog sidebar or post. Have the Voki talk about a place you would love to visit. Give at least three reasons why. Try to use an appropriate background for the Voki relating to that place. Don’t actually tell us the place eg Egypt, let your readers guess from the information you mention.

We had lots of fun creating our Voki’s. Please look at them below.


Get a Voki now!


Get a Voki now!


Get a Voki now!