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Shame on our Department for Education!

I was told through Twitter that a video planned, produced, edited and blogged by my Year 6 class was on the Government’s intranet as ‘Clip of the Week’. I was delighted and much more importantly, the pupils were so proud! Due to the nature of the video which, you can see below, was all about the effects that comments have on pupils. It’s a VERY sad state of affairs when not ONE comment has been generated by a single person who has seen the video who works for our Government.

Shame on them!

A comment from someone within the Government would mean so much to the pupils at Heathfield. They know what they are doing is special! To have recognition from the Government would be an achievement that would stay with them forever!


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  1. Ben Barton
    March 1, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

    Heathfield, well, that is just an amazing video. Made me laugh a lot, especially the guy in the shades at the back of the government! Posting comments on blogs is kind of like voting in Switzerland. It should be compulsory!
    Well done you guys, I laughed and smiled and I am a very old bloke!

  2. Mr Heap
    March 2, 2011 at 12:29 am #

    Ditto – loved this. We are just beginning to learn the value of comments on posts. Sadly, all too often, the more “important” the job, the more out of touch of the job you are.

  3. FILIZ
    March 2, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    What a nice vidio well done I hope you well visit are blog. the webside is

  4. Jenny
    March 8, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    How could anyone watch this and not comment?! Strange people. You kids are AMAZING 😀

  5. Ms Sheldon
    March 18, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

    I saw your video on a training course last Wednesday and was really inspired to start blogging with my Year 6 kids. I’m going to encourage them to have a look at the stuff your kids have done, so keep up the fantastic work for the rest of us to learn from!

  6. Gerry King
    March 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    Hi Mr Mitchell, I came across the recent press articles about quad blogging and was impressed by the concept and the success you and others are having, like you I’m amazed there hasn’t been more official recognition.

    My wife is the headteacher of a primary school in Newcastle upon Tyne and I will be starting work soon on a school website for a colleague of my wife and will incorporate a blogging aspect into this, I have a couple of questions to ask if you don’t mind.

    1. I intend to use WordPress to build the new website and notice that some schools are using tools such as Edublogs, is there any reason why the quad blogging can’t be done using WordPress only as opposed to something like Edublog?

    2. In one article about quad blogging I read that children were quad blogging from home on an evening and looking forward to going to school the following day to see responses, my question here is: are childrens blogs generally allowed without moderation or the need to be approved by their teacher before being submitted?

    I hope you don’t mind me taking your time up with these questions and look forward to hearing from you as I’m keen to promote the value of quad blogging.

    • David Mitchell
      March 21, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

      Hi, thanks for commenting!

      To answer number one, it doesn’t matter what platform you are wanting to use, you’d be welcome whatever! Some people are using Blogger, Primary Blogger, WordPress or Edublog.

      To answer the second point, personally, I don’t allow blogging unmoderated as I want things to be as safe as possible. Some people have great success allowing pupils to blog unmoderated. I did try it but we have had so much success I just couldn’t risk someone getting hold of a password and immediately placing something online that could jeapardise everything we had worked for.

      Good luck with your project, keep in touch!


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