So you have spent many hours of your holidays or evenings getting your blog ready, even maybe taking part in the refresher course. You are overloaded with information and new terminology.
But how are you going to start blogging with your students?
Here are a few suggestions:
- Start with paper blogging. Here is a post explaining how to do this. A video of grade 3 students doing paper blogging.
- Why not create a bulletin board in the classroom explaining the terminology (check glossary in this blog header area) and adding the paper blogs in the post area.
- Talk to students about creating safe, secure passwords. This blog post includes some videos for students to watch on passwords.
- Check out how this teacher begins blogging with her class – great list of student friendly blogs to discuss.
In class meetings, discuss:
- blog title and tagline
- blogging guidelines – create page on your blog so parents also understand – link to post about guidelines
- quality comments – show Mrs Yollis’ video by her students and check out how she teaches quality commenting – video at bottom of this post
- ideas for posts
- monitors for blogging – eg class photographer, class reporters
So far, all this has been done before students even write on your class blog.
Have students leave comments on your posts without having logged in. This will help when they leave comments on other blogging platforms such as blogger, wordpress and kidblogs. Talk about their email address, the anti-spam word, how to change the anti-spam or captcha if they can’t read it.
Now teach them how to login, update their profile and change their password.
Have lots of posts for students to leave quality comments on. Allow them to visit other blogs on your sidebar to leave comments on those blog posts.
Finally allow those students who are commenting well to start writing posts on the blog – maybe working in pairs to start with.
Any thing else students could do early in their blogging?