Well, I’ve been back in class for eight whole days now (five of those with the children) and it’s been a busy time! I’m with a Primary 6 stage class and one of my goals in coming back to class was to try to set up an ePortfolio for each child. I’d been playing around with the idea whilst on secondment and couldn’t wait to try out the concept ‘for real’ and this post is hopefully going to help me to learn from what’s happened so far …… it’s been a rocky ride at times 🙂
During my secondment, I had the opportunity to work with a small group of children for a few afternoons and I helped them set up an ePortfolio (of sorts). Jaimey’s can be seen here . I decided on wikis over blogs, because I liked the idea that the children could put menus in the sidebar and have things neatly compartmentalised. I’d used wikis in the past with children, but mainly to allow them with a place to experiment with writing stories . I’d also previously provided children in my classes with individual blogs but wasn’t convinced that they were the best means available for the purpose – I’ve actually moved my thinking on and now see a place for both, but I’ll save that another post 🙂
So – what about my attempts so far in helping my class to build their ePortfolios? I began by introducing them to our class blog . Because it’s been on the go for about four years now, I was able to locate lots of examples of the benefits of class blogging – and I also told them about what happened when I gave children in previous classes their own individual online spaces and explained that I hoped to eventually give them their own blog , too. I’d spent some time during the summer setting these up via GLOW (I’d originally planned to use primaryblogger – a fantastic support for schools! – but then decided, for various reasons, to give the GLOW ones a try). I’d planned on giving everyone in the class a GLOW login anyway, so I decided to set their blogs up at the same time.
Here’s my step-by-step explanation – there are probably better/quicker ways?:
- log in as pupil and go to ‘My Glow’
- add the ‘Glow Blog’ web part
- click on ‘Advanced Settings’ then ‘Go to Site Administration’
- Go to ‘Manage Users’ then ‘Add Users’
- Add own Glow username to the ‘choose users’ box and click on ‘administrator’ role
- When email is received, click on the link, create the blog and set the permissions, etc.
After that, I am now a member (administrator) of every child’s blog and have customised them as I would have done with any other blog ……
More to follow ……… 🙂