Storybirds are a great way of getting students writing but there is a hitch – they only allow Storybirds written in English to be made public as they cannot check foreign language stories for inappropriate language. However, you can share them and get a URL so that friends can read them. Hopefully this one works! I have written these two stories for my students to read and because I asked them to write their own stories. We have shared those on our school classroom pages but so far they are reluctant for them to be made available to the wider world!
Why more than one site? Well, I set up blogs in different sites to explore how they all worked as part of my work in school as the IT Teacher Coach – my job title seems to have recently changed to “elearning mentor” but essentially I help my colleagues blending ICT tools into their teaching and provide support for them to hone their technical skills. Now that I know which one I like best, I should really bin the rest but I somehow can’t bring myself to do that!
I was invited to “Learnist” yesterday and I couldn’t resist playing with it today. It looks like it could be a great way of curating resources – websites, videos, pictures and documents around a theme to create a Learning Board. I decided to make one to help people learn the Present Tense in Spanish.
At the moment you can only log in through Facebook, which is a bit limiting if you don’t have a FB account. Nor is there a mobile app just yet. However, reading the comments on the home page, it sounds like they are looking into creating other ways to log in and also plan to create an app. Have a look at my board and see what you think. It is very basic but only took me about half an hour to create. I am sure that with more effort I could add more of my own resources and personalise it.
“Authority is supposedly grounded in wisdom, but I could see from a very early age that authority was only a system of control and it didn't have any inherent wisdom. I quickly realised that you either became a power or you were crushed” Joe Strummer