ClassPortals 2 Day Workshop


Please begin by using the comments link on this post to introduce yourself.

After adding your comment, you might like to download handout packet for this 2 Day Workshop or Tom’s Web 2 Tools Overview handout.

Activity 1: Examples from previous Studies of Asia Workshops

To get a sense of what we will be creating over the next two days, please explore the work created by participants in previous sessions.  Try to notice the features, strategies and benefits gained from such a learning platform.

Brainstorm what you noticed using a shared Stixy board

Activity 2: Creating Your Smart Online Space

Fine-tuning your Blog

Activity 3: The ClassPortal Twist

Tom’s Intro


  • Focus on one compelling topic (with all its interesting connections to others)
  • Embody a passionate interest of the teacher and students
  • Continue in the background of class activities drawing attention when something in the real world provokes it
  • Act as a platform for things like writing, podcasts, videos, photos, cartoons, data collection, etc.
  • Make a contribution to the world’s learning



For Ideas

For Inspiration

Activity 4: Developing your ClassPortal

Look to Learn : : Learn to Look

Online Samples

Task: Create 2 – 4 Look to Learn Activities for your students

Activity 5:  Enrich your site with content and media

RSS Feeds

Other Media

Managing Links

Activity 6: CEQ•ALL – Student-managed Learning


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21 thoughts on “ClassPortals 2 Day Workshop”

  1. I am a Year 7, 8, 11 and 12 English teacher at St Leonards College in Brighton. My first year at this school and my 8th year teaching. Fairly new to all things ICT but learning quickly and excited by the opportunities. A little frustrated too at the lack of interest from some colleagues, for whom PowerPoint presentations are still ‘new age’!

    • Hi Susanne,

      That’s a lot of English classes! My former life was as a high school English teacher for 10 years. It’s a great subject for using technology.
      Tom —

  2. Hi, I am Jackie, I teach at St Leonard’s College, Cornish Campus. I teach year 6. This year is the first time I have really experimented with Web 2.0 tools and I think they are terrific. For our year 6 Exhibition we used a class wiki to rcord our knowledge and thinking. We are also currently using blogs to record our personal (student) portfolios.

    • Welcome Jackie,
      Sounds like you’re off to a great start. I hope to contribute some tech tips and pedagogical strategies that you’ll find useful.
      Tom —

    • Hi Jackie, sounds like you are doing some great things already! I might be teaching Prep next year and the digital portfolios sound like an excellent idea. I would be interested to hear more about how they work. Cheers, Anthony

  3. Hi, I teach Year 2 at Scotch College. I created a class blog last year after a PD session at school. There are a couple of other teachers that are having a go at establishing a class blog too. The IT teacher has set up a staff blog. I have come along today because I feel my IT skills are fairly average and also because I want to get some ideas to enhance my class blog and see what other teachers are doing.

  4. Hi all,
    I am a year 6 teacher at Penbank School on the Mornington Peninsula. I have used Wikispaces with my students but feel that I need to learn more about getting my students working together online. Wikispaces has been good but I want my students to have opportunities to do more than simply embed Youtube clips and socialise with each other online.

  5. Hi there all!!

    My name is Lisa Duggan and I’m from windy Warrnambool (3 hours west of Melb). It’s a beautiful place to live, right by the beach, however it does mean a looooonnnng trip to the city so forgive me if I’m a bit dazed and blurry eyed this morning. 🙂

    I teach at a K-12 christian school called King’s College. I share a Gr 3 class and also teach ICT to Gr P-6. I’ve been teaching there for the past 4 years and have absolute loved the experience of teaching in such a supportive environment. We have a brand new principal this year and he is very enthusiastic about promoting the use of ICT to further engage students in their learning. Our school has not had much technology until the past few years and is really just beginning to explore using ICT in the classroom. I have created a class wiki for my Grade 3 students and would really like to learn how to use it in a meaningful way.
    I’m looking forward to sharing the next 2 days with you all and excited about this seminar.

    Cheers! 🙂


    • Hi Lisa,
      Thanks for taking the long trip in – I’ll bet it was beautiful this morning. Great that you’ve taken initiative at your school. Let’s get started!
      Tom —

  6. Hi everybody, my name is Evla and I am currently teaching ICT in gr4-6 at Isik College, in the north-west. I’m really looking forward to the holidays because i’m off to Kenya & Tanzania. I’m also assistnat principal at the college & have a staff wiki page. I have some experience in terms of using web2 tools. I’m hoping i will get the chance to extend my knowledge and skills & take lots of good ideas back home.


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