Tuesday 10 December 2013

Pre-school Engagement Activities - Session 2

In SST, blogs is commonly used as a communication platform. The Students Blog is where information is disseminated to the student community (announcements). Every class has a class blog where class activities and daily homework are posted there keep all (students and parents) informed of the happenings at the class level. Similarly, some subjects run activities via the subject blogs too.

You will be required to participate in blog activities quite regularly, as someone to comment on blog post, or as a co-author. It is therefore important for all to be familiar with the features of the blog.

To access to the blog,
  • Log in to your email
  • Click on the Apps launcher, click "More" to display the dropdown menu.
  • Select "Blogger"

*Note:  Alternate to logging in your email every time to launch a Google app, your might want to consider "installing" the Google Apps Launcher for Mac and add the apps from the Google Chrome Web store.


1. You will be prompted to login again. The following will be displayed.
Choose "Blogger Profile" (on the right) to create a limited Blogger profile.

2. Enter your FULL Name in when prompted to update the Blogger profil.

3. Next, you are ready to create your first blog.
Click at "New Blog" (on the left) to begin

4. For the first blog, give the blog title, "My SST Journey begins here".
Create your own blog address. You are encouraged to name it with "sst-" before your full name (e.g. sst-chuawaitan.blogspot.com). 
Choose a template before clicking at "Create blog!" at the bottom right.

5. You are now ready to blog. You will be "brought" to the dashboard where your blog is.
Click at "New Blog" to start blogging.

6. Submit your blog URL in the form below.

Click HERE to view the list of blogs submitted to-date.


1. In your first blog post, you are going to do an introduction about about yourself.
Who are your target audience: Your Form Teacher and Classmates

  • Blog title: About me (I)
  • Insert image of an object that you would like your peers to associate you. 
  • Give a brief introduction about yourself. It should include...
    • Your name, how you would like your peers to address you
    • What are some things you like to do (i.e. your hobbies)? 
      • e.g. Are there some sports you enjoy doing? 
      • e.g. What are your favourite pastimes?
    • Your personality and behaviour that you would like your peers to take note of
      • e.g. Do you enjoy talking to people? 
      • Do you tend to quickly get into action?

2. Make an attempt to change the size, font and colour of the text and even highlight some key words that you would like to draw others' attention to.


Embedding "stuff' in a blog post

In session 1 on Google Maps, we have created a custom map and named it "Places I like to go in Singapore". We are going to post this map in a new blog post.

1. Create a new post entitled "Places I like to go in Singapore".

2. Retrieve the map (from Google Maps - place the cursor in the search box and choose "My custom maps".) In Google Maps Engine, click on the folder icon and choose "Embed on my site".

3. Copy the embed code.

4. Return to the blog post, switch to the "HTML" mode and paste the code in the space.

It should look like this:

6. Switch back to "Compose" mode and the post should look like this:

7.  In the same post, describe some of the places that you like to go, and why you like to go to those places.

Embedding a Video Clip (from YouTube) into the blog

Similarly, we can embed video clips into the blog so that we can watch it together with the accompanied text.

1. Create a new post entitled "A video clip that caught my attention".

2. Identify one video clip in "Youtube EDU" (http://www.youtube.com/education?category=K-12) that you find interesting and would like to introduce it to your audience.

3. Underneath the video clip, click at "Share" followed by the "Embed" button.

4. The HTML code will be displayed. Copy the HTML code.

5. Return to the blog post, switch to the "HTML" mode and paste the code in the space.
It should look like this:

6. Switch back to "Compose" mode and the post should look like this:

7.  In the same post, add the following:

  • Title of the video clip 
  • Briefly what is the content of the video clip
  • In 3 bullet points, describe briefly what you have learnt from this video clip?