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June 03, 2008

For any of you who have followed our 2 "blogging" communities, you will have noticed the explosion in the use of the Student Community.  If you haven't, please take a look.  

The two Saugus learning landscapes provide teachers and students a place to connect, collaborate and, especially for students, provide them with a place to post their creative works for an authentic audience. 

We have students posting from first to sixth grade, and David Lindsay's sixth graders have recently been very creative with posting essays, classroom designs, and Roman mosaics.

The one huge incentive for all these posts has been the comment area.  Just think how great it is to have your work reviewed and commented on.  For Saugus teachers, if you are interested in having your students participate in the Student Community, let me know, I'd be glad to help.  If you are outside the Saugus USD, let me know anyway.  I can always direct you to a resource to get you started.  We love to collaborate here.  

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February 07, 2008

Some of our teachers have found it motivating for students to post or read their writing and poetry.  This give the students an authentic audience to comment on what they have done.  The only problem here is the lack of comments on the Student Community.  

If you have a little time to take a look at what our students are doing on the Student Community, please take a moment and comment on a student's work.  You can even have your students comment on their work.  There is no need for an account or log in, jut click on the word "comments" at the bottom of the student post and scroll down to the comment area.  We do ask that you do identify yourself in at least a general way, like "A Saugus 4th grade teacher", "an interested parent", or "a North Park student".

Don't expect the comment to show up immediately as all comments have to be cleared by the students' teacher first.  

It's amazing what a few words of encouragement can do.

Here's the link to the Student Community 



Keywords: blogging, comments, podcasting, Student Community

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April 04, 2007

There has been much discussion of late about the potential of social networking in the K-12 environment. These tools, which include blogging, podcasting, file sharing, and RSS, as well as the "social" structure of friendships, communities, and peers, have been said to have the potential to transform both teaching and learning, and rightly so. They enable creativity through easy to use tools, and encourage collaboration and sharing. More ...

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October 31, 2006

I have uploaded a file that has the permission slip to send home for students to use in the Student Community. 

Feel free to get it and use it for your classroom.  Be sure to change my name and enter yours!
Julie Schnepp

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September 12, 2006

Here it is just the end of the first month of school and amazing things are happening here in Saugus USD.  While awaiting the completion of the Saugus Student Community ( a mirror of the Teacher Community for students),
Athena Smith at Skyblue and her 6th graders have been using the site to show off their writing skills with their first assigned writing project and are ready to begin their second.

Chris Bague's 6th graders just completed their first Science related podcast - look below this post- and are anxious to begin the next.

Bonita DeAmicis' class at Highlands will be testing the Beta version of the Saugus Community, and Sharon Wagner at Tesoro will be working on a podcast with her second grade class.

Eric Greenfield has experimented with podcasting review lessons in Science to assist his students in studying for a test.

Linda Candib is working with the Digital Voice Program at Helmers.
I will be presenting and iSafe (Internet Safety) program for parents at Bridgeport that includes Helmers, and North Park. 
More schools are preparing to broadcast or get back into broadcasting.

If you would like to join all the fun linking technology to the curriculum let me know and I'd be glad to help.

As a footnote to the blogging, something that Athena and I discovered was that the students are so excited about seeing their work on the web that they are taking time to read and comment on their friend's writing.

Reading and Writing  - What a concept!!

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June 07, 2006

In all the spare minutes I have, I've been doing a lot a technology reading.  Not that I didn't before, but this is reading more focused on bringing the best of technology to the classroom.  Trying to find out what's going on in the world of technology education and how to bring some of it to Saugus.

I have found that true blogging is reflection and communication.  Looking for response to writing and sometimes answers.  So this is my attempt at that. 

In this world of digital natives and digital immigrants and students who are definitely "wired" differently we, as teachers, need to look at how to address these 21st Century learners.  To keep them interested and passionate about learning.

If you feel you have a "best practice" or would like to request a specific type of training,  please share.  If ,as a community of teachers, we can begin to communicate our knowledge and help each other we will be helping to address the needs of all our students.
Comments are definitely welcome.

Keywords: blogging, communication, learning, reflections

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January 11, 2006

Just posting more info. Thought that since this is a blog site, I would pass on a recent article from T.H.E. Journal about blogging and it's applications for teachers and students. You will find it online at the following site:

Keywords: blogging

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