Clever blogs win national awards

22nd July 2011 at 01:00
Primary children's influential and `powerful' online work scoops prizes. Jackie Cosh reports

Two Scottish winners are celebrating their success in this year's Education Blog Awards, set up to celebrate and reward the inspirational effect blogging is having on teachers and pupils UK-wide.

P3 children from Warddykes Primary in Arbroath came joint third in the Class Blog of the Year for their blog P3S Superstars. Throughout the year they have used photographs and videos, as well as written accounts of what they have been doing, to showcase their learning to family and friends.

Postings have covered such events as their visit to the Scottish Deer Centre, and recounted their work with National Bullying Week. The judges described it as "a lovely and powerful view into the world of the P3S Superstars".

In the Most Influential Blog of the Year category, ICT for Teaching and Learning in Falkirk Primary Schools came third. It was commended for the way it provides tips and ideas for teachers.

Set up by Malcolm Wilson, the education service's ICT curriculum development officer, the blog aims to support primary teachers in Falkirk in their use of ICT across teaching and learning. Followers have learnt useful techniques such as how to create and edit audio recordings in the classroom, and how to use WordTalk in order to hear the text of Word documents being spoken.

With more than 13,000 hits to the blog and with followers from all over the world, it is now being read by teachers many miles away from Falkirk.

Both the Scottish blogs were set up on Glow. More than 300 blogs from around the UK were nominated for the awards, whose shortlist included blogs from classes, whole-school blogs and teacher blogs.

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