A couple of useful blogs to be used as models for the primary classroom

Blog 1:

http://56bclassroom.wordpress.com/

This blog, titled ’56B Classroom’, is a good learning platform for Mr Bradbury’s 19 student Stage 3 class in Liddiard Road Primary School, Traralgon, Victoria, Australia. Strengths of this blog which would make it a good model for other primary classrooms include:

(a) Its beautiful display of class work samples, helping to foster a sense of class identity that is positive, proud and inclusive 

(b) That it is regularly updated and hence an important part of the weekly classroom learning experience

 (c) Students are encouraged to use it both as a forum for commenting on their learning experiences during the week and to complete posted homework tasks – enabling a strong student-home connection in learning

(d) It encourages external participants to comment on activties

(e) It connects with other classrooms globally, such as a school in Taiwain – fostering the development of students as global citizens and making learning meaningful

(f) Its great use of exercises relevant to the new Australian Curriculums, such as visual literacy exercise (e.g. ‘look and learn’ exercises)

(g) Its fun, colourful and easy to navigate layout

This blog would be an appropriate model for another Stage 3 classroom due to the content it covers.  

Blog 2:

http://mrsmorgansstars.edublogs.org/about-us/

This blog, titled ‘Mrs Morgan’s Superstars’, is a good learning platform for Mr Morgan’s Stage 1 class in Texas. Strengths of this blog which would make it a good model for other primary classrooms include:

(a) Connections to the global classroom project – fostering students’ global citizenship and communication abilities

(b) Great activity ideas that are highly linked to digital literacy and are explained/dispalyed in an easy to replicate manner 

(c) Good blogging and comment guidelines to encourage respectful, engaging dialogue between the class and the blog guests

(d) That it is regularly updated and hence an important part of the weekly classroom learning experience

This blog would be an appropriate model for another Stage 1 classroom due to the content it covers. 

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