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Hi Everyone,
You all know I try to keep up with "What's hot" in I.T. (especially when it comes to Mac's - smile), but this is not a Mac thing! This is about using I.T., Blogs in particular, within the primary classroom. I found this great 'Wiki' resource through the http://pypthreads.ning.com/ that some of you are familiar with. Soooo! if you are hesitant to use I.T. within your classroom as a tool -which will no doubt promote inquiry- browsing through this Wiki will take that fear away and probably help you get started.

http://cdnblogday.wikispaces.com/


This interview with Kathy Cassidy is a little taste of what you will find on the Wiki:

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Comment by Linda de Beer on April 25, 2009 at 17:55
There is apparently a (free) way to get rid of the ads for educational Wetpaint-wiki's. Put I stumble across the fact that my students need to be over 13 or something... I'm gonna try again. (BTW I now made my Wiki a private one, two of my colleagues were concerned about privacy and such. I could send you an invite through mail if you want to keep following the Wiki). I also like the orange style the best (and not only because I'm Dutch...)
Love your exhibition in Pictures page. Looks great!
Comment by Cristina Milos on April 24, 2009 at 0:08
Comment by Cristina Milos on April 24, 2009 at 0:03
Yes, we are on the spring vacation and I just stumbled upon PYP Threads - and from there, to here. This past week I discovered Wiki and started making the page.
I like WetPaint a lot more as it has more features and the overall impression is more elegant. The only flaw is that you get a lot of ads. I stole your idea though and began making the Exhibition paage in WetPaint (I will eventually close the other Wiki). I have enough time as kids return to school on Monday (that is why none have responded yet - they are scattered around the world and I was not confident about the page, either. Plus, it was not finished).
I chose the orange ("playful") style as you did and I hope you won't mind. I really tried all the other styles and I didn't like any of them...(too impersonal or "geeky" for the purpose of the page - communicating with 4th graders).
Thank you again for the tips :)
Comment by Linda de Beer on April 23, 2009 at 16:28
You're welcome! Nice Wiki. I'm still surfing through it. Looks nice. Is it true you just started this as well? No input from students or parents yet as far as I can see. I would like to see how this will grow over time. Great start though!
Comment by Cristina Milos on April 23, 2009 at 3:15
Yay, it worked!
Thank you, Linda :)
Comment by Cristina Milos on April 23, 2009 at 3:14
Comment by Linda de Beer on April 22, 2009 at 15:57
Easiest way is to first select a piece of text and then click on the chain to link it through.

(This is because it works with HTML codes where the text you click on to go to the link should after the < a href......etc.... > en before the < /a >

So type in your link here in the text select it, click on the chain and write the address again to make an actual link. You will see then that there will be more text around your link in the text-box.

http://primaryprep.wetpaint.com
Comment by Cristina Milos on April 22, 2009 at 15:24
I don't know what's wrong - the link is not visible :( I tried to add it about ten times by now.
Comment by Cristina Milos on April 22, 2009 at 15:15
Linda, you're on the same page with me! I also started making a Wiki page for my class.
I do not like it 100% as yet though. I do not master technology and I really really wish the IT department at school would give a hand *which does not happen :|*.
As for sharing it, kids and parents are my main audience. As our parents are rather busy, they would love to check it out and leave comments.
I think I will take a look at WetPaint- your page looks better and has more features. :)
Once again, thanks for sharing! You made me less reluctant about sharing mine.
Comment by Linda de Beer on April 22, 2009 at 7:22
Hahaha! I looked at those "voice threads" already as well. Can see lots of possibilities for older children and some for mine. Usually I get in too many new things at the same time, so maybe next year I'll give that a try.

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