Monday, June 20, 2011


Story BirdThank you to 3/4G's Class Blog for putting me onto Storybird. Storybird is a collaborative writing tool that is free to use online. My class love it, because it is a new way to do some creative writing. You have access to lots of artwork from some wonderful illustrators and artists to use as inspiration for your stories. We are currently working on some at the moment and look forward to sharing some with you soon. In the meantime if you want to find out more about Storybird here is a short video below that explains what is possible.

Storybird Quick Tour from Storybird on Vimeo.

Monday, January 31, 2011


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Edublog Awards ~ Best Class Blog

My class blog has been nominated for the 2010 Edublog Awards for the ‘Best Class Blog’. You can check out the other nominees and vote for your favourite at
Would greatly appreciate your vote.
Thank you to all my students for all their posts. This is a fitting tribute to all their efforts. Well Done :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

MAB Blocks for your SMART Board

Download the above MAB block images to use on your SMART Board with your Notebook software,

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Choosing a blog host

Choosing an appropriate blog host is the first step in establishing your own classroom blog. There are several options which are free and some that do cost a small amount of money.
A couple of free options are Google's 'blogger' and Edublogs 'Free'. A further option is to install wordpress on your own domain.
The cheapest and most effective option for me was Edublogs Pro. Since I didn't have my own domain this was the only option available to me that would be accessible to my students at school. Due to the school internet filter all 'blogspot' blogs are blocked, where as Edublogs are not.
Edublogs was about $43 dollars Australian for a years subscription. It is a wordpress based blog. Pro enables you to remove adds from your blog. Below is a table from the Edublogs website that explains the differences between different types of blogs.

To see a table explaining the differences between the three different versions of Edublogs follow the link below...

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Mr. Baldock's Classroom Blog

Last week I launched my Classroom Blog for my current year 3 class. It is something I've been wanting to do for some time and I'm glad that I have. It has many positive outcomes for students already. The biggest being a motivational tool for writing and collaborating with their peers about their learning.

As a learning tool blogging is a great opportunity for the students to create content, share, reflect on their learning, extend their knowledge and collaborate with others. Students in my class will have the opportunity to post reports or reflections about their work. Using the internet students will have opportunities at school or at home (if internet access is available) to collaborate with their peers, and have opportunities to work with students from other classes, schools or even countries.

Blogging will enable students to have fun while improving their literacy, numeracy and ICT (Information Communication Technology) skills. It is also a great opportunity to establish early appropriate online behaviours.

Over the coming weeks I plan to blog about how I went about setting up my blog and the resources I use with in it.