Blogging at high school

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?

Student blogging challenge

Today Grade 4 students ran a Google Hangout with me, asking questions about registering their blogs and adding the badge to their blog sidebar. Well done girls in 4BC!

Are you and your class interested in

  • connecting with other blogging classes around the world?
  • adding interesting yet educational widgets to your blog?
  • using more web 2.0 tools in your posts?
  • reading what other students around the world are writing about?

Your answer is YES

Then join the October 2017 student blogging challenge.

  • First challenge posted on Sunday 1 October so you won’t be behind.
  • Each week is a different topic with a variety of activities to choose from.
  • Spreadsheet to find other classes and students to connect to by just clicking on a link to their blog.
  • If on holiday one week, miss those activities and come back to them later on.
  • No winner, just a chance to make connections and improve your blogging skills.
  • Add the challenge badge to your blog if you decide to take part.

Click here to register your class blog. If any of your students have their own personal blog, they can register here.

Maybe you would prefer to mentor a group of students. You might be able to connect each of your students to one, with their own blog,  taking part in the challenge.

Taking part in the student  blogging challenge covers many of the ISTE standards for students

2. Digital citizen

6. Creative communicator

7 Global Collaborator

Travelling bloggers

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Matt via Compfight

A great way to use your blog is when you are travelling.

Add some images and write about what you have been seeing and doing.

We have one teacher Mrs Wilson who is using her class blog to connect back with her students in Tasmania. Why not follow her journey in Europe?

You’ll notice Mrs Wilson has a little buddy with her. When I go on big trips overseas, I also take a buddy and he keeps a blog here. Sometimes he also comes on my Australian trips. He has been known to disappear and go travelling around America on his own.

We also have a grade 6 class who has recently been on camp to the capital city of Australia. Check out what they did there and leave a comment or question one one of their posts.

I will also be going on holidays in a week or so for 10 days cruising on the Murray River. I use a blog to show my journeys. You might like to check it out as well.

Thanks teachers

Thank you card – handmade Rainbows style!

Sarah Joy via Compfight

Thank you to those teachers who got in touch with me about starting their students with their own personal blogs. We now have 31 primary school students (mainly grades 4/5) with their own personal blogs. We also have some secondary students using blogs as part of their English programme.

When reading posts and comments on this blog’s sidebar, we also have at least 12 keen posters and commenters contributing well on their class blogs.

To find all these student bloggers and posters in one place, visit our Students as Bloggers Blog.

It would be great if some teachers and parents could visit these students, read a post and leave a comment.

I have also been out and about visiting at schools both in the north and the south of the state. Remember I am available to visit and to run PD with other interested teachers during school or after school.

I will be available throughout term 4 which is a great time for teachers to learn how to blog, get a class blog set up ready to use from the beginning of next year.

I am already booked though on the day after Show Day here in Hobart.

Students blogging

Now it is term 3, it might be time to begin blogging with your more talented students.

Do you have a student with a passion for horses, LEGO, Minecraft, netball, astronomy, reading etc?

If the answer is YES, then maybe they could have their own blog to share their knowledge with other class members as well as the rest of the world.

Students who have their own blog need to be keen and eager to connect with others as well as write about their passion. Here is an  example of a student showcasing their voice.

Penelope began in mid 2015 when in grade 2 and worked on her blog for about a year.

What did Penelope learn about being a good digital citizen when using her blog?

  • how to use creative commons image
  • how to add images and videos to her blog
  • taking part in a global blogging challenge
  • replying to comments from her viewers
  • writing posts relating to information in comments
  • using a variety of tools on her posts
  • how to add widgets using embed code (some of these are no longer working as they are not secure sites)
  • how to write great posts in paragraphs including images or videos
  • using her voice to express her opinion

If you have some students who might be keen to start their own blog, please get in contact with me (check the email contact on the sidebar).

I will need to know student name,  student email, grade student is in, school, teacher name and if teacher wants a class blog.

I will be running  afternoon sessions for those students who might need help. You will find this blog helpful and the classroom link will be found on the sidebar there from the beginning of August.

 

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