Blogging Sessions ISTE 2014

This is a collaborative document created by @suewaters who is #notatiste14

I’m writing my notes from the sessions I would like to know more about by reviewing the handouts and links provided by the presenters and then educators who are at #iISTE2014 will add their extra notes or any photos they take if they are able to attend any of the sessions.   Sessions I’ve chosen are based around blogging, twitter, digital writing etc.  

Please send tweet @suewaters if you are able to help with adding notes to the document so I can share it with you.  

Thanks for your help!

Hack Education

Friday June 27 8:00-5:00 PM (any sessions related to blogging or digital writing)

Personal learning

Scared teachers who don't want to use personalised learning in classroom

Teacher training needs updating

Some kids worried cause they only do it for one lesson each week

Teach children how to think rather than the facts

1:1 program

Lots of resources and handouts

Another school:Every parent had to come in and sign up for the device for their student - 1:1 face interview

Access not taken away, but mobility was - still use computers in the class room rather than their ipad or laptop

Spend 6 months pd with staff before sending out the iPads etc. another 3 months before adding printer

When running sessions with teachers, run google hangout and video so the learning is rewindable for teachers.

Book by les foltos from ISTE re peer coaching

Use the samr model with teachers

App Smackdown

Tweeted a link to all these via

Elementary microblogging: Connect your classroom with the global Community

Saturday June 28 7:00-8:00 PM  GWCC Murphy Ballroom Galleries Table 8

Victoria Olson - link to PowerPoint presentation.  (Contact info: @MsVictoriaOlson, personal blog)

Sue Waters’s notes - Victoria combines a classroom twitter account with class blog, student blogs, Skype and participating in Global Projects.  We’ve seen a large increase in class twitter accounts used in conjunction with class blogs this year.  

Class twitter account is @eduminions and their class blog is located here.  Students are allowed to use Tweet from Class twitter account from school but grammar/spelling must be checked and students’ tweets must be approved by an adult before being tweeted.  

Here is the link to the Online Permission form parents need to sign for students to participate via Class blog, student blogs, twitter, skype, Global Projects and Google Apps.  

Photo from Poster session taken by @CJUSHDTech 


Global Student Blogging Challenge

Saturday June 28 7:00-8:00 PM  GWCC Murphy Ballroom Galleries Table 42

Student Blogging Challenge website.  

The aim of the student blogging challenge is to connect student bloggers with a global audience while supporting teachers with their classroom blogging.  

It runs twice yearly, starting in March and September, and guides the participants through blogging and commenting over 10 weeks.  

Each week participants are given weekly tasks to increase their skills.  There is a wide range of ways you can participate in the Student Blogging Challenge series:

  1. Class blog - teachers and students can participate as a class. Teachers, or students, can publish their weekly tasks on their class blog or students can participate through leaving comments on posts.
  2. Student blogs - individual students can participate in the challenge by publishing posts on their own student blogs and leaving comments of other students.

You can start the challenge at any time and teachers can customise the tasks to meet the needs of their class.  

Check out this example of a teacher adapting the Week 6 – Our World task  from the September 2013 Student blogging challenge series.   You can read the teacher’s post on the class blog here.

The student blogging challenge has been running since 2008. It started with 9 countries and 500 students.  The March 2014 student blogging challenge involved:

About the Student blogging challenge mentors

The student blogging mentors help mentor small groups of 20-30 students during the challenge.  

Mentors register and must be approved to help with the Challenge.   Mentors are:

Being a student blogging challenge mentor involves:

Being a student blogging mentor is a great way to learn what is involved in blogging and to see how this type of challenge could be used with your class.

Getting started

If you are new to blogging it is recommended you work through the Edublogs Teacher Challenge’s Blogging with students series before joining the Student Challenge.

The Blogging with Students series takes you step by step through the process of setting up a class blog and everything you need to know about blogging with students.   It provides links to class blogs so you can check out how they are used by educators.

The series guides you through the process of blogging regardless of what platform you use.

For more information

Check out the following:

  1. About the Student Blogging Challenge
  2. Information for first time visitors
  3. FAQ about the student blogging challenge
  4. Blogging Glossary

Primary Kids can! Tweet, blog or Skype to Connect

Saturday June 28 7:00-8:00 PM  GWCC Murphy Ballroom Galleries Table 21

Poster session by Kathy Cassidy and Karen Lirenman (Canada)

Here is a link to their resources and handouts.   Here is the post Kathy wrote to support the presentation:  Five Ways to start connecting your classroom.

Below is Sue Waters’s notes from reading through their resources, posts and info.  

The following notes are from Five Ways to start connecting your classroom: (Kathy’s post):

Reasons why Kathy uses social media with her Grade One students include:

  1. Helps students achieve curriculum outcomes.
  2. Learn how to act safely and appropriately online - digital citizenship skills.  
  3. Learn about similarities and differences between people from different cultures and locations.  Provides students opportunities to teach others.


Projects by Jen is a popular way of connecting your class with classes around the World.  Here is where you’ll find the next projects.  


We’ve seen a large increase in class twitter accounts used in conjunction with class blogs this year.  

Kathy provides great advice about having Twitter account for your class that is separate from your personal twitter account.  She recommends Drew Frank’s Class Twitter list which we also recommend.  

Kathy’s other great tips are:

  1. Using the class twitter account to connect with content experts.  
  2. Letting students practice reading and writing skills by composing tweets.  


Her post explains all the important reasons why Skype (or Google Hangout) is such a valuable resource to use with students.

My personal comment is that it is disappointing that some schools still block access to both Skype and Google Hangout which forces teachers to use their own data plans to access.  

The following notes are from Kathy and Karen’s handout

Blogging Resources:

Kathy Cassidy’s Primary School blog list (sorted based on platform) - went through list and added some to The Edublogger Class Blog list  Several using Remind Widget in sidebar.  Remind is only available to teachers in USA and Canada?

Primary blogging community - organised by Kristen Wideen.  Can read more about it here and join by completing this form.  Sent @mrswideen tweet to ask more about the community so can add to Teacher Challenge Step 6: Connecting with Other Classes 

QuadBlogging -  New link for Quadblogging is Changes are quadblogging no longer runs in set cycles.  Groups can run as long as those involved want to connect.  

Their videos:

Karen Lirenman’s video on class and student blogging.

Cathy Cassidy’s Our Blog video

Twitter Resources

Watch Karen’s video on using Twitter in the classroom.  Have added her video to the Educator’s Ultimate Twitter Guide

Karen’s advice on using Twitter in the classroom:

  1. Get parents to sign a permission slip
  2. Grade One students so have one classroom twitter account .  Students can log into the classroom twitter account on their iPad, compose a tweet which then must be approved by the teacher before it can be tweeted.  Students are allowed to put their first name or initials of name at the end of a tweet they compose.  
  3. Make sure you check a hashtag you want to use isn’t being used by someone else.
  4. Her class follows other class twitter accounts and she also invites people using her personal twitter account to help with their problem solving in the class twitter account.  
  5. Careful about who her class follows to make sure they only follow appropriate accounts (since their tweets are what the class sees).  

Here is the link to Victoria Olson’s Online Permission form parents need to sign for students to participate via Class blog, student blogs, twitter, skype, Global Projects and Google Apps.  

Sent tweet @klirenman to see if I’m able to check out her permission form.  She has replied and here is where you’ll find Karen’s permission form.  

Video conferencing resources

Photo of poster session by @mattvilasana 


Snapshot 1 of 2: Audioblogs and mobile devices to assist English Language Learning

Sunday June 29 11:00 - 12:00 GWCC B211

Hands on session where you set up blog (blogger) and create audio posts.  

Flipping, Blogging and Google Driving, oh my!

Tuesday July 1 8:00-10 AM GWCC Murphy Ballroom Galleries Table 18

Kristen Mixson - link to PowerPoint presentation.  

Elementary blogging: Changing the writing paradigm

Tuesday July 1 11:00-1:00 PM GWCC Murphy Ballroom Galleries Table 2

Brooke Mulartrick - link to her handout and resources.  

Reading writing techshop: literacy in 1:1 Classroom

Tuesday July 1 11:45-12:45 GWCC B309

Dena Glynn, Poway Unified School District