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Learning to Achieve Blogging as a Window to the World for Early Years Establishments February 2014 Malcolm Wilson ICT Curriculum Development Officer Falkirk.

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1 Learning to Achieve Blogging as a Window to the World for Early Years Establishments February 2014 Malcolm Wilson ICT Curriculum Development Officer Falkirk Council Education Services

2 Learning Intention Developing an understanding of the use of a blog by early years establishments, in Falkirk and elsewhere, as a way of sharing information with parents, carers and the wider community

3 Success Criteria I can identify ways to use a blog share the learning which goes on every day in my early years establishment I can explain appropriate safeguards to take in sharing information, photographs and videos online I can work with others to edit, and add content to, a blog

4 Content This is an introduction to the use of a blog as a way of sharing information with parents, carers and the wider community. This will show how early years establishments use a blog to share, with appropriate safeguards, photographs and videos of activities, and the impact on engagement. As well as illustrating how blogs are being used in Falkirk and elsewhere there will also be a demonstration of how to edit, and add content to, a blog

5 Example Early Years Blogs Heathrigg Nursery - Sunbeam Room, Slamannan http://glo.li/1hM5Nkm Glow blogs use same staff Glow usernames and passwords as for access to all of Glow resources Glow blogs use Wordpress Glow blogs have range of customisable templates from which to choose

6 Example Early Years Blogs Falkirk Early Years Collaborative http://glo.li/18nBiAW Blogs can include: –Images –Text –Video/Audio –Links –Pages –Posts –Feed from other blogs –Twitter feed

7 Example Early Years Blogs Heathrigg Nursery - Rainbow Room, Slamannan http://glo.li/1iwt1ez Blogs can easily embed video from YouTube

8 Example Early Years Blogs Woodburn Nursery http://glo.li/1iwvmWX Blogs let viewers browse by category, keywords (tags), date of posting, pages, comments, and can search by word or phrase

9 Example Early Years Blogs Westquarter Primary School Nursery http://glo.li/1iwHGqf Created using Primary Blogger Requires usernames and passwords specific to users of this blog Also runs using Wordpress Has choice of templates

10 Example Early Years Blogs St Bernadette's RC Primary School Nursery http://glo.li/1khg6RF Created using Primary Blogger includes Nursery Twitter feed on blog

11 Link to establishment website The website is where parents, carers and the wider community would expect to visit for information about the establishment Add a link to your establishment's blog onto the establishment's website Add a link from the blog to the establishment website A blog generates a feed of the latest posts (called RSS feed) - so this can be added to a website

12 Safeguards - names/photographs Same guidelines apply to establishment's blog as they do for establishment's website in relation to photographs and videos of activities Normally pupils would not be named online - if named should be first name only Photographs of pupils would only be included where parent/carer permission has been given Where photographs of children are included they would normally only be of groups, and individuals would not be identified with anything other than their first name IF IN DOUBT - LEAVE IT OUT! Many times the focus of photographs can be of the activity - avoiding showing anything which would identify an individual Recommended to have "About" section explaining that in order to safeguard pupils the establishment will not name individual children in photographs unless parental permission has been given, and then will not use full name

13 Safeguards - comments Comments should be acknowledged and welcomed - this will help engender involvement by parents/carers and wider community Share received comments with children to increase involvement and enjoyment in the activities they've experienced and which have been shared on the blog Request that parents/carers and others not identify children in any comments they may make on the blog Comments are only made public by a staff member as blog administrator - on set up this option needs enabled to ensure comments don't go live right away Where negative comments arise (which would be rare) it's important not to escalate by replying negatively - they can be acknowledged and noted - they do not, however, need to be published/made public by the staff blog administrator Where issues arise encourage dialogue with the establishment through another route (such as face-to-face visit, telephone or email) so that individual issues can be more appropriately addressed outwith the glare of a public comments box on the blog

14 Safeguards - Guidance & Policies Falkirk Council Service Circulars relevant to an establishment's blog: –SC22 (Photography and Video Recording in Schools) –SC30 (ICT Acceptable Use Policy for Pupils) –SC45 (parental Involvement Strategy) –SC50 (Data Protection abd Registering Personal Details on Websites –http://underground.falkirk.gov.uk/corporate/services/education/policies_strategies/numerical _index.aspxhttp://underground.falkirk.gov.uk/corporate/services/education/policies_strategies/numerical _index.aspx Short link to above: http://glo.li/1ivNdxc http://glo.li/1ivNdxc Falkirk Council ICT Policies which apply to employees of Falkirk Council relevant to the use of an establishment blog –Acceptable Use Policy –Data protection guidelines –Information Security Policy –Social media Guidelines –http://underground.falkirk.gov.uk/work/ict_services/council_policies.aspxhttp://underground.falkirk.gov.uk/work/ict_services/council_policies.aspx –Short link to above: http://glo.li/1kgyYQChttp://glo.li/1kgyYQC

15 Resources Class Blogging as a Classroom Window to the World https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/fa/ICTFalkirkPri maries/2011/08/18/class-blogging-window-to- the-world/https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/fa/ICTFalkirkPri maries/2011/08/18/class-blogging-window-to- the-world/ Short link to the above: http://glo.li/qMeQl3

16 Adding & Editing Content Falkirk Nurseries blog - add content and edit https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/fa/FalkirkNurseries/ Short link to above: http://glo.li/1iwPng4 http://glo.li/1iwPng4 Here's a "How to" video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WINtVdG5vVg

17 So, ready to get started? If you'd like support in getting started with a Glow blog for your Early Years establishment then get in touch: malcolm.wilson@falkirk.gov.ukmalcolm.wilson@falkirk.gov.uk Just provide: –the name you'd want your blog to be called –staff names (they'll become joint administrators) –a couple of images (which could be used for header banner, background image) –colour choice (may be uniform or badge colour) for colour scheme for blog background and buttons


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