Share a link to your blog, your students’ blog, or a favorite blog you read.
How would blogging change the conversations your students have in class?
Great way for shy students to get involved.
Yes! I've seen that happen in a classroom. An ELL student from another country never spoke up in class, but when given the platform to blog, he had LOTS to say. So powerful!
Blogging allows shy students the security to participate in a conversation and ask questions they may not be willing to raise their hands in class to ask.
Students may be more thoughtful with their responses due to the written nature of the communication.
I look forward to reading everyone's comments! My blog: https://april2383.wordpress.com/ and I need guidance but love the reflection aspect that it gives me. It's a total wrap up spot for me on days I get a chance to post..
What are some benefits of blogs- individual, classroom, etc.? (Consider impact on teacher, students, parents, and/or community.)
Students might be more willing to share information about what they are doing at school.
Blogs could be used as a useful tool for students to have a class discussion or debate and be able to develop and demonstrate debate techniques skills and etiquette all while showing their proficiency in the content area. This would also be good for students who struggle with being verbal in class.
Students could also use a blog for book reviews.
I loved using blogging with an afterschool STEM club. Their narrated slideshows, videos, pictures and comments about each unit were awesome and very insightful. Their grammar improved and pride in work due to other people viewing their post.
Extended families can stay connected with the happenings of that class.
I have a teacher who uses blogging for writing exercises, she loves the automatic feedback.
I know one teacher whose students blog about the three big things they learned that week, then students comment and reply. This helps to reinforce the concepts they've learned that week.
Imagine if each student blogged weekly: one great thing form the week, something they learned, something they still need help on. It would become their reflective log, and peers could support the "still need help" components.
A class blog with images can be a great way to keep parents informed about what's going on in school.
How is blogging useful to students?
It's published work so families can see it across the world.
Love this idea of sharing!
Hoping to find a way to use a blog in the early childhood classroom :).
Students could blog as a class or individually about what they are learning.
I teach kinder and use it as a way to tell my parents what we are doing and to share pictures of those things. I post once a week and they have been enjoying it. I am looking for a way to have my students start using blogging as a way of reflecting on their learning or day.
Have you checked out Seesaw for EC? Great journaling tool!
I agree. Obviously, parents can check out our blogs, but student access is highly dependent on parent interest. Also, I guess we'd need to limit text since reading skills are low. I guess pictures of activities students are doing can prompt student-parent discussion about classroom learning. Also, for my content area - music - I can include videos of performances, instrument demos, etc. . .
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Yes my Kinders use seesaw, we love it.
I love the blogging option in Seesaw, but I really think blog posts with kids work should be open to everyone not just one particular class group.
With no computer lab access during specials, can you think of any way to include student interaction with blogs at home?
You could use KidBlog.org to set up a class blog where each student has a login. You'd need to teach them HOW and the expectations, but students could then blog from home.
I just don't understand Instagram. Is it like FB?
We will address Instagram and Facebook in the next section!!!
Blogging something of substance often takes time. Inspiration for a topic may hit at a time when I'm not able to blog and then the moment passes.
You could always publish something from your device on the go, iPad...etc
I have a blog and start post whenever I have an idea and may not complete the post until months later.
That texting while driving ban puts a damper on that for much of the time when my thoughts actually come to me 😎
Definitely can take time!! The ban is def an issue.... lol!
If it's just a moment of inspiration, Twitter may be a better or more convenient method to share and catalog your thoughts.
Student blogging is a great tool for student reflection!
It would also be great for creative writing.
This is great!
i need help integrating more technology in my classroom.
Following a blog such as this, will provide you with lots of resources, ideas, and contacts!
It's also good for parents who are wanting to be involved in "classroom life" as well.
Clarifying question. Define integrating more technology?
Randi ~ If you are in Oklahoma City Public Schools, contact your ETS Coach... that's what we're here for! I also recommend following these two blogs:Free Tech For Teachers:http://www.freetech4teachers.com/Shake Up Learning: http://www.shakeuplearning.com/blog/You can go to them whenever, or subscribe to the weekly email update.
This ETS blog has been a great improvement over the monthly newsletter. Instead of once a month update, now our teachers are seeing new ideas and content weekly!
I follow blogs, but have yet to blog. Future goals...
Indeed. I read them all the time. I tweet. Is that the same thing?
I have only dabbled in Twitter...I use a class Facebook page, probably should work towards more platforms.
Twitter is considered "micro-blogging" so it's almost the same thing. :-)
What are some good examples of classroom blogs you've seen in the past?
The First Grade Parade :)
Just A Primary GirlMiss KindergartenKindergartensmorgasboard
How can you monitor efficiently and make sure students post appropriately? Any tips?
Do you have a smart board in your room?
Most blog platforms will allow moderation by the owner.
You could share using a smarttv or board.
Yes I do but there are some classrooms that do not. I am mobile.
I am interested in hearing comments on this post as well!
If you use a classroom blog like KidBlog where students have their own pages on a shared classroom blog, the teacher has the option of reviewing posts before student posts are published to the blog. The same is true for commenting as well. I think it's vital to teach students expectations in the beginning and review them often.
I strongly agree with Jordan! Have students brainstorm blog writing and commenting 'norms.' Help them understand the global and public component to the writing (i.e. We want to look brilliant when people read our work). Model, discuss, review, and maintain those high expectations. It will take practice, but keep the bar high and they'll write well!
There are a lot of blogging options out there. Which one should I use?
It depends on your grade level... I love KidBlog for elementary students!
Seesaw is a good tool
Blogger is the most popular. Kid blog is the best for young students. It's inside a secure website where strangers can't get access to.
Is it visually geared towards younger students? or is it something i could use in my high school class and my students still take it seriously?
I teach 7th grade.
I think you could make it work for secondary because the content students would post would elevate it immediately for them.
Blogs would be a cool tool to use in my Ag Communications class...may have to give it a shot.
Great idea Anthony.
Yes, but is it safe? What will students need to know before they begin blogging? What digital citizenship resources on blogging might you offer?
Digital citizenship is a great starting point. I also started with paper blogs in my classroom with sticky note comments and then moved to an online platform.
You will find everything you need here! https://www.commonsensemedia.org
Exactly! Today's society is mean online. Social Media Gangsters
Blogging with students is a worthwhile approach...having students create blogs. However, many classes, especially AP level, are so packed with content and required skills training, that time for blogging either as an in class project or as homework would be overly difficult due to time restraints.
David ~ What subject of AP do you teach? Keep in mind, blogging does not have to be reflective writing. Students could blog a math or science challenge problem and others be required to comment and reply with ideas, resources, and questions. With literature, students could blog textual evidence and analysis.
I just learned about the mathtwitterblogosphere at the 2015 ILI conference. It appears to be an awesome resources for math teachers.
What specific blog sites are good for teachers or instructional purposes?
Love=Math is one I just learned about this morning!
(See some earlier comments/replies for more!)
What are some good math blogs?
Desmos BLog: http://blog.desmos.com/NCTM Blog: https://www.nctm.org/mt-blog/
Q) How do you best share with parents classroom pics and activities? A) I use a class Instagram. I sent a letter to parents with my class Instagram name, along with a qr code that allowed them to follow my page.
I put our class usernames on everything! It's pretty much part of my letterhead :).
What are some examples of coaches using this tool?
I have a private blog for personal reflection.
I too have a personal blog for self reflection. Even if I do not publish every post, just the writing and reflection is a great tool.
I haven't used any blogs with my players. But, i might begin to do that to let them post encouragement to each other.
I would bet there are several coaches blogging good stuff.
What are some great blogs for cross-curricular lessons?
Check out this amazing resource: 'A Guide to Blogging and Examples of Class Blogs" from Free Tech For Teachershttp://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/11/a-guide-to-blogging-and-examples-of.html#.VmIOA3arRJA
If you have a blog for students, you can use the hashtag #Comments4Kids to solicit people outside to read and leave feedback for your students. Super cool!