At the moment the children and I have been "playing" with the gear we are going to use to record our discussions. We would have done this a lot faster if I had just left the kids to it. They have mastered the easyspeak mike which I think will be great for them to really record their initial thoughts and use these on the blog. I think it is all too easy for the children to change their thinking when they are writing. They can easily be influenced by others and seem to stress about spelling. Guess their teacher does too if it is going out into the big wide world. A hang up from old. I think it is a great way for the kids to get down fast what they think, listen to it, discuss it and all the time capturing those moments.
I have decided our first practise story is going to be the True Story of the 3 Little Pigs as this is a fun story and will help the children to get to know the roles in a Literacy Circle. We are just going to record our thoughts etc and work at the same time on getting used to blogging. To remind the children of the story they recorded a retelling of The 3 Little Pigs. The traditional story as they remember it. Was a great chance to use the mike, work collaboratively, argue a little, discuss, modify etc etc.... Method in my madness generating a little conflict along the way.
I am still getting our blog page together. Thank goodness for holidays to get it looking ok. Will be posting links when I think it is ready for public consumption.