You’ve heard or seen this great 21st century tool called ‘Blogging’ and you want to try it with your students at high school. Before getting too excited, you need to think of a few things first.
What is going to be the purpose of the blog?
- A place for students to have a voice in class
- Parent communication about the subjects you teach
- Personal blog for reflection on teaching
- Place for resources in subjects you teach
- Lesson plans for subjects you teach
How will the blog be used?
- Teacher writing posts
- Teacher and students writing posts
- Students leaving comments on teacher posts
- A group of teachers in same subject or grade area
Who will be using the blog?
- Students from one subject area you teach
- Students from all subjects you teach
- Students from classes you don’t teach but from same subject area
Will students have their own personal blogs?
If you are thinking of having students with their own personal blogs, then decisions need to be made at a grade, subject or whole school level. The decision will affect the way the student blogs are created and attached to a main blog.
Kathleen Morris from Edublogs has just written a great post on using student blogs as a digital portfolio.
Some high school blogs to check out.
Photography class – teacher has main blog, students have personal blogs on sidebar. The syllabi, assignments and assessment rubric included on pages in header area
Grade 10 English USA – teacher uses main blog to remind students about what is expected in the subject. There are resources included in pages above the header. (As the blog is 3 years old, some resources are no longer available.) Students have own personal blog but looks like topics are free choice. Check out the Word within word games.
Mrs McNally mumblings – teacher reflecting on teaching but also contains links to the school blog (written by students) and her student blogs (not used often). Links to her resume and teaching goals in the virtual portfolio page.
Heart of the school – blog celebrating librarians in UK. Shows how libraries are being used and gives lots of visual examples through images and documents.
Middle school science – teacher reflects and plans in main blog and student blogs are attached on sidebar. Students have had the same blog throughout their school life and you can see how their writing has improved since grade 6. Check out a student blog from each grade.
Robotics and game design – this Tasmanian college teacher writes explanatory posts but students also write posts on the main blog as well as commenting. Resources found above the header area. Instructions for tasks and challenges are available as documents to download.
Athlete development – this is a course for year 11/12 students and includes resources and links to help with their learning. Students don’t have blogs.
Computer science – teacher writes a weekly post explaining what is happening that week, including links to useful websites. All information needed by students is in the page area near header.
Outdoor education – similar format to the other college blogs with resources in the header area and a timetable as the main front page.
Personal pathway planning – lots of links so a resource type blog.
A post on the Edublogger lists many other blogs from K-12 and in subject areas. Those in orange are used as examples in other posts. Check some out.
So now you have done some thinking and exploring of blogs used in high school, how will this affect how you see blogs being used at your school?