Reasons to blog in class

Following on from my Brekkie with a techie session, I have had inquiries from teachers about starting class blogs or blogs for particular areas such as STEAM within a school.

If you are still not sure why blogging is so good for both the teacher and student, then check out this infographic or image created in 2015 by Sylvia Duckworth who creates sketch notes.

Sylvia has now put 100 of her sketchnotes in a book, so check it out here.

Which of these reasons resonate with you in your classroom? Which do you feel are most important?

Why begin blogging in your class?

This Thursday, I will be running a Brekkie with a techie session at Launceston College. I have been asked to do this by Kent Poulton, my previous boss. It is to be a basic introduction to blogging with mainly primary school teachers. It is being held from 7.30am-8.30am before school starts. I have also invited Linda Bonde from Riverside Primary to come and talk about her blog.

What do I think is important to know before starting to blog with your class?

  1. What is a blog?
  2. How do other teachers use their class blog?
  3. How can you introduce it to your class?
  4. How does it work within the curriculum?

What is a blog?

How do other teachers use their class blog?

  • Share information and class news with parents, family and caregivers.
  • Provide students with a way to access assignments, homework, resources and information about their class online.
  • For global collaboration and authentic audience.
  • To inspire and motivate students.

Check out these blogs from Tasmanian schools:

Blogs from overseas (teachers blogging for a long time)

 

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How can you introduce blogging to your class?

Show them the video above and use the student activity sheet linked here.

Create a display board related to blogging.

Do paper blogging with your students, put results on the display board for classroom visitors and other teachers, parents to see.

How does blogging work within the curriculum?

I have started creating posts relating blogging to the Australian curriculum but here is a quick list of possible ways:

  • value of strong passwords
  • privacy settings
  • multimodal reading and writing
  • digital safety
  • being a good digital citizen
  • embedding English genres for reading and writing
  • questioning skills
  • creating graphs, surveys, polls
  • creative commons images
  • using advanced safe searches online
  • chance for everyone to have their opinion heard

A blog works best when it is part of the daily classroom life rather than an extra add on.