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Name: Allanah King
Website: http://allanahk.edublogs.org/
Educational Institution: Appleby Primary School, Nelson, New Zealand
Teaching Environment: Year Four and Five, 8-10 year olds
Web 2.0 Focus: Blogging and podcasting
Description: I use blogging in my classroom in a variety of ways. I first started blogging as a way of sharing our learning with our community and showcasing some of our activities in the classroom. From there it grew as more children became conversant with the technology. I encourage our readership to make comments about our posting so as to promote feedback. From there our blog became a resource centre and repository for our web links- links to other blogging classes, links to maths reinforcement games, links to our other web sites (wiki, podcast, video, child blogs etc). http://moturoa.blogspot.com/ Lastly we have recently begun using Blogmeister as more of a self reflective journal where children can record their thoughts from school or home. http://classblogmeister.com /blog.php?blogger_id=70735 With podcasting, we have been learning how to craft our speaking skills and communicate with classes in far off lands using Skype. http://allanah.podomatic.com/
Teaching and Learning: Through blogging and podcasting we have become creators and contributors to content on the internet, communicating and collaborating with children in other hemispheres and time zones.
Preferred Applications: For blogging we use Blogger and for podcasting we use Podomatic
Mentor(s) and Hero(es): Mark Treadwell NZ, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, David Warlick, Miguel Guhlin
Favorite Web 2.0 Applications Right Now: www.voicethread.com http://myskitch.com/ www.skype.com