Monday, December 20, 2010

Ambassador - Blogging

In 2010 I have been an ambassador for Pt England School.  My role has been to talk about my learning to hundreds of visitors who have come to our school from all over the country and around the world.

This video shows you what I had to say about how Blogging helps us learn - and is fun

This is the transcript of my presentation:

There is one way that we ALL can share our learning with the world and that is through blogging. 

At this school every class has a blog of their own, and in 4 classes every student in the class also has their own blog.  That means we have about 150 blogs at Pt England!  

 Through the Manaiakalani Project our teachers have figured out ways to make sure that we all can participate in this and still keep safe while we are online. If you are interested in that you can ask Mrs Burt later.

I am going to tell you about blogging in our classes and then a bit about my own blog.  

Blogging is really important because it helps us get better at literacy, especially reading and writing and listening. 
 And for those of us who get to record our voice on our blogs, it helps us get better at speaking too.  If you don't believe me, you can check this for yourself by choosing one student and looking at their work at the beginning of the year and comparing it with the work at the end of the year.

If you look through our class blogs you will see that everyone of them is about sharing the things we have been learning, and that lots of us use our blogs to share our writing. Blogging is a great way to share your writing and the latest things that have happened. 

 In some junior classes you will see the teachers type up the children's stories and publish them along with pictures they have drawn about the stories. 

 In many classes we publish our stories by recording them in front of a camera and then we post them. 

 In lots of classes we make animations and movies out of our writing to share on the blogs. There are lots of cool ways to share your work.

Kids at school have a lot of fun blogging. It even helps to improve your spelling and typing skills! One important part of blogging is leaving comments to give people feedback about what they have posted.  You can go back and look at the comments from your readers and see what they have suggested you can do to improve. The
one thing I like most about blogging is reading my comments. Sometimes I'm lucky enough to have comments from different countries.

I started blogging last year when I was in Miss Squires class, and I have enjoyed it ever since.    Last year my blog was nominated for the Best Student Blog award and I came 4th - all the winners were Americans.  I write a lot of my posts in class but sometimes I think of stories at home. Fortunately I don't have to remember them until the next day at school, because I can easily access my blog from our home computer. Sometimes I type my posts directly into the blog, sometimes I write them on a Google Doc first and copy and paste them into the blog when they have been edited.  Sometimes I write them in my writing book and type them up later when a computer is free.  My favourite things to write about are my own made up fantasies. I like to be creative with my writing and try to hook my readers.

Blogging is a privilege because you get to show more than your class what you've been up to. Everyone in the world can share your writing.  You also can write in the weekends and holidays if you have got things to say.
Not only can the world see your work, but I can enjoy reading it over and over again.
Why don't you check out our blogs - and make some kids smile by leaving us
your comments!

Minister Heatley speaking to us after we gave our presentation.

Minister of Housing, Phil Heatley, was one of the people we presented to this year.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Toreka, I'm so sorry it took me so long to comment on this. Toreka you are a very good presenter. I know that you have learnt so much from being part of the 2010 Ambassador. Isn't it wonderful that through the year you got the opportunity to meet some amazing people. Keep striving to succeed Toreka. I love how you present and how you are such a joy to listen to. I hope that this year you get some more opportunities to represent our school. Love you xxxxx mum