Our teacher has also used Edcanvas when we were learning about Abraham Lincoln. This allows you to gather all your resources including video and documents as well as useful websites in one place for really easy access. Edcanvas recently changed to blendspaces. Here's our Abraham Lincoln edcanvas.
We began a class blog on kidblog.org at the start of fifth class and we are still using it now in 6th class. Since we came back to school in September, we have taken part in a number of Global Projects with other classrooms around the world which we have blogged about such as:
- Writing "7 Random Facts about Ourselves" You can read some of them here http://kidblog.org/msokeeffesclass/tag/7-random-facts/
- Japan: Hopes and Dreams Project. We participated in a Hopes and Dreams project where along with many of our global partner schools, we sent our hopes and dreams as well as our art work to Japan for inclusion in an art installation at a major arts festival there.
- The 100 Word Challenge. We have also continued with the 100 word challenge which has really improved our creative writing. Since we started back in September we have had somebody showcased from our class every week. One week there were 1041 entries from all over the world and that week we had four out of 37 showcases! Read some of our challenges here http://kidblog.org/msokeeffesclass/tag/100wc6th/
- We also use our class blog for research. Teacher posts a webquest and we check out the sites she would like us to visit and learn from them. This year we can leave her a comment to tell her what we have learned and we also use the information to help us write blog posts on different subjects.
Ms Murray's 1st class next door to us have begun their blogging journey and they are taking part in the five sentence challenge. Before they type in their 5sc we have paired up with them to help them to edit their work. We have really enjoyed this. See their class blog here http://kidblog.org/MsMurraysClass2013/
We are looking forward to the next seven weeks in school.