Woodhill Primary School in Scotland has shown that Podcasting and Blogging can be useful educational tools. After receiving permission from the local authority and handling security issues the school has been using ICT technology to enhance learning and to communicate with schools through Europe (e-Twinning).
“The children look forward to the project time, they enjoy being out of the classroom environment.
She added: “It is extremely effective way of teaching and we are starting to introduce these methods into our normal language lessons.”
Both teachers and parents say they have seen a huge improvement in their vocabulary, confidence in speaking and their accents since they started the blogs in January.
Emails have been exchanged with classes in Trinidad and Tobago as well as in China, swapping experiences of life in the childrens’ home countries.
The ability to answer questions and communicate with teachers and pupils in France and in Coventry is a motivation for pupils to log on regularly.
They enjoy reading emails from their international friends in the ‘e-twinning’ link with a school in Nancy.
Primary seven pupils on a trip to Paris updated their blog from hotel rooms, adding pictures and sending electronic postcards to classmates at home.