Resources for Sharing through Blogs at SIS

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Blogging in Edo by Mike Licht on

Just as Twitter has become a medium for communication within and beyond the SIS community through #sisrocks, the use of blogs through Share @ SIS is gaining momentum as a platform for students, teachers and administrators to share information, accomplishments, activities and reflections.

One of our recent Learning Bytes sessions focused on customizing blogs based on the creator’s purpose and audience. Creating and maintaining a blog is an on-going process and Edublogs (the platform for our SIS blogs) provides resources to support bloggers from  basic blog layout to more advanced functions. Visit my eCoach blog to see additional resources for the Customizing Your Blog session.

Grade 2: Going Places Safely Online

Recently, Grade 2 students took a field trip to the Rock Museum in Shenzhen and traveled with their families over the October holiday. We used their experiences to discuss how we travel safely and applied that to taking “digital” field trips.

Using a lesson from Common Sense Media, grade 2 students took ‘digital’ field trips to Japan, the San Diego Zoo and NASA without leaving the classroom by using their classroom iPads! Students followed three rules to stay safe while exploring these new places online.

  • Always ask your parent (or teacher) first
  • Only talk to people you know
  • Stick to places that are just right for you

Students finished up the lesson by drawing and writing about something they saw on their ‘digital’ field trip and taking home a Family Tip Sheet to share what they learned with their parents. We will continue to build on this experience as we prepare our young students to navigate the digital world.

Common Sense Media provides a variety of resources for teachers and parents regarding children and digital media including a blog for parents, Making Sense.

For more information and links to parent topics on Common Sense Media, visit the Parent Resources page on my eCoach blog.


Click on photo to see video of Grade 2 Students going on an Online Field Trip to the San Diego Zoo

"Coding" – A New Foreign Language

After returning from the Learning 2.013 conference a couple of weeks ago, I have been trying to code my own mobile app for use here at SIS.  Although this type of coding is fairly intricate, the basic logical arguments can be beneficial for students of all ages.  Most of the basic programming links below are games that introduce programming language to students.  There are so many great coding resources so these are by no means extensive.  Please add any other’s to the Diigo List or to the comments section below.

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Basic ProgrammingTurtle Art, Scratch, Light-Bot

Web Design CodingDash, Hackasauras, Radii, Google Web Designer

App CodingxCodeSDK Developer, MIT App Inventor 


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  Signup for an Hour of Code – It’s Coming


Diigo Resources Page – Learning 2.0

CodeAcademy – Learn to Code

Why Twitter?

The use of Twitter is an acquired action. It certainly takes some time to make it a habit to ones life and when structured to your liking, it is easily will be your number one tool to use for consumption and sharing throughout the day. Below are some key points to help you get started on enhancing your personal learning.

How to get started, hashtags to consider, the use of Tweetdeck, and how to save resources from Twitter.

Who to follow in order:

  1. friends & family
  2. colleagues, or people in the same workforce.
  3. hobbies you enjoy ~ i.e. technology @cnet
  4. celebrity athletes, news anchors, comedians, cooks

What is a hashtag#sisrocks

Educational Hashtags

TweetDeck App on MacBook Pro  – Requires Sign-up. TweetDeck on Browser ~ Chrome (ONLY)

Adding Columns on your TweetDeck to follow Specific hashtags, subjects, or people.

TweetDeck Add Column


To save links from Twitter, Pocket & Evernote are your best third party applications. This makes it easy to not have to favorite( Yellow Star) everything on your Twitter feed.

If your stuck here is a beginners guide to Twitter otherwise share what you are doing class and resources via Twitter and don’t forget hashtaging #sisrocks