Blogging never seemed to catch on in our district after that initial push. I have been told by teachers that they thought it was a "good idea, but":
"Its too hard."
"I don't know how to do it"
"Seems like it will take too much time."
I think it is a valuable tool and want to offer a few resources today that may encourage you to explore it's use in your classroom.
First, there are many possibilities available to you in creating a blog. I like and use Blogger because it is easy to setup and maintain. There are other options though and here is a partial listing of some of the blogging programs available. My district started using Gaggle this year for student email and if you have access to that program, it has a new blogging feature.
Second, I wanted to gather some sites together with suggestions on what to do with your blog once you have it up and running.
- Edublog has an article on "10 Ways to Use Your Edublog"
- Distributed Teaching and Learning. Nice explanation of the idea of "scribe posts". Daily class notes that are posted each day by the students.
- “Let’s see if I can start a log…” Long post by Will Richardson who writes about his experience setting up classroom blogs since 2001.
- Blogging 101: Web Logs go to school: Article on CNET about blogging in education.
- Anne Davis, from Georgia Stage University, writes about Rationale for Educational Blogging. She is one of this year's presenters at K12 Online Conference and will be giving a related presentation: Learn to Blog: Blog to Learn.
Third, here is a sampling of classroom blogs I found online.
- Room 9's Writing Spot: (Primary)
- Mrs. Cassidy's Classroom Blog: (Primary)
- Critical Issues in Literature Block 3: (High school)
- Web Pages and Portfolios: (High school)
Pick a program. Start small. Give it a try.
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