“Start a blog” is my first response to anyone that asks, “what should I do to start using technology in my classroom?” There are many things that teachers can do with blogs, but they all fit into two broad purposes; sharing and discussing.
- Posting assignments for students.
- Posting hand-outs for students and parents.
- Posting links, videos, and other resources of interest for students and parents.
- Keeping students and parents informed of important dates.
- Keeping a record of classroom activities.
- Sharing ideas and resources with other teachers.
- Have students reply to your prompts.
- Have students posting a record of what they learned during the course of week.
- Have students share questions that they need help investigating/ answering.
- Invite parents to comment on their children’s posts.
- Invite parents to share perspective with the classroom (when I was your age my favorite subject was…)
- Invite principal to reply to students’ posts.
- Use the blog to showcase your students’ work.
- Use the blog to connect with other classes and become virtual pen-pals. (Visit QuadBlogging.net or epals.com for places to find other classes).
The Nuts & Bolts of Blogging:
Blogger is a Google product. If you have a Gmail account or a Google Apps for Education account you can start a blog in two minutes or less. The video below shows you how to create a Blogger blog.
Kid Blog allows teachers to create blogs that their students can contribute to without the need for email addresses.
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