Classroom Blog Comes Alive With Camtasia
Showing Students the World Through Blogging
Linda Yollis has been teaching at the elementary school level in Los Angeles, California for 25 years. She currently teaches third grade, but she's taught combination classes and fifth grade for many years. Linda was named Teacher of the Year by the Las Virgenes Unified School District for 2011. She also recently completed her master's degree, with a focus on integrating technology in the classroom.
Connecting Classrooms Around the Globe
Linda participates in QuadBlogging, a growing trend in education where classrooms from around the country or world connect via blogging.
Each week, one classroom blog is the focus, and the other three classes visit the blog, get to know the bloggers (students), and leave quality comments. This dedicated structure brings visitors to the blog and provides opportunities for students to respond to their readers. A different class leads a new topic each week. Linda's QuadBlog topics have included describing the typical school day, favorite recess games, favorite foods, etc.
"Having an audience is the key!" said Linda. "Students are more motivated to read, create, and respond because of their QuadBlog buddies. They build confidence as writers and strengthen their literacy, technology, and geography skills along the way."
Camtasia Videos on the Classroom Blog
Using Camtasia Studio, Linda creates video tutorials that help show students, parents, and other teachers how to get the most out of the blogging experience. Her students also make their own videos!
- How to Leave a Comment on Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog
- Hyperlink HTML Made Easy
- Mrs. Yollis Attends the Google Geo Teachers Institute (Google Earth/Camtasia)
- Charlie's Cursive Tutorial
- 2-Digit Multiplication Tutorial
"Children so enjoy learning from one another, and this project has energized the students and provided a forum for exploring similarities and differences," Linda said. "It's a virtual field trip every day!"