Shortlisted for an Eircom Spider!

20G blogs has been shortlisted for an Eircom Spider at The Helix on Friday 17th December 2010. The full list of the shortlisted applicants is here. The link is a  tribute to students and teachers from all around the country who enjoy using things digital in their classrooms.

In Second Year 2OG created thirty blogs on a Junior Certificate “person in history”. Simply put this involved three stages

  1. Teaching and learning WordPress – the blogging application
  2. Choosing a person in history, researching him or her and developing their blog
  3. Tackling issues that arose while teaching and learning about WordPress and their person in history e.g. checking your sources, copying other peoples work, responsibility of owning your blog etc.

Their blogs are a source of great interest to Europeana (here), an online archive of Europe’s digital heritage. Europeana recently used the 20G template at a presentation to Europe’ s Culture Ministers (here).

20G’s teacher received the bronze eLearning award at European Schoolnet’s recent EMINENT conference in Copenhagen.

A video for your blog…

When looking for a suitable video for your blog concider the following:

Identification (recognition of online material that really is useful).

The above video is useful beacuse it has rare footage of Michael Collins, Éamon deValera and Arthur Griffith.

Depth (at a level that is not superficial).

Did your video add to your blog in a way that improves the readers understanding of your person in history? Many people have only seen photos of these men – this video offers a moving image of all three – watch out for the edits though? Are all three actually together in any shot?

Assessment (in a way that is critical of what is offered).

Is there propaganda? Bias? One-sidedness? The above video definitely has an agenda evident from the starting and finishing credits.

Rights and responsibilities

To 20G

Should a joke involving Hitler and the Jews be published on the blog?

I have thought a lot about this

  • I would’nt want any student in the class to be identified with this type of  joke. Why?
  • If you have the time read this (click here)  about a successful Irish singer in New York who made an innocent joke,  just last week.
  • I don’t think these jokes are nice – yes they get a laugh but are they suitable on a school website?
  • Not thinking about it, is not an excuse  – when you publish you have to take responsibility – part of being literate in the digital world is taking this responsibility
  • They trivialise a time in history where many suffered.

I would like your thoughts on this – I am going to broaden the discussion to one or two other teachers including Ms. D. O’ Brien who has specialised in Holocaust Education.

The Holocaust is the historical word used to describe what happened to people of  the Jewish faith in Europe before and during World War Two.

This is a matter that deserves some thought – I would appreciate quality comments.

My best history joke

Try and find a History Joke that will give the class a laugh in these grim recessionary times.

Use Google to search for the Joke – It must be appropriate.

 Q: Why were the early days of history called the dark ages?  A: Because there were so many knights!

Q: Why is England the wettest country?  A: Because the queen has reigned there for years!

Q: How did the Vikings send secret messages?  A: By norse code!

Q: Who invented fractions?  A: Henry the 1/4th!

You will also notice now that I have enabled your comments to be ‘threaded’ – this means to put responses to articles directly after the articles they respond to—in a hierarchical fashion – some people call them nested comments.