So you're ready to create a class blog, but your unsure of a few things. What age is a good age to blog on your class website? What should your students blog about? How can I tie my blog into my content?
Here are some great classroom blog ideas that I've used in the past!
Blog for Opinion
Just completed a lab, lesson or project? Give students the prompt to write what they liked the best, one thing they would change and the part of the assignment they liked the least. What a great way to get easy insight to develop better lesson plans than to poll your audience! Set a time limit depending on grade level and typing speed of your students.
Blog for Hypothesis
Teaching science? Here's a great way to find out what your students are thinking BEFORE they experiment! Give them a starter or format if your students are in elementary.
Looking for a fun, easy formative assessment? Make your question a blog post. Your question can be used as a starter, exit ticket or a check in the middle of a lesson! Set a time limit for student answers. Project answers on the board that are correct and talk about the correct answers with your class.
Would you travel to another planet if that meant you couldn't come back to Earth? If you were George Washington, would you have waited until morning to cross the Delaware? Write a mouth watering dig your teeth into it discussion question that kids can't wait to write the answer! Put parameters such as one paragraph or 3 to 5 sentences for an answer.
Click the picture below to see my classroom blog from 6th and 7th grade!
As technology in the 21st century advances, it becomes more and more integrated and runs through nearly all aspects of daily life. Nowhere is this more true than in the classroom. Classrooms are continually being updated; from chalkboards to whiteboards and from bulky overhead projectors that required endless amounts of converted pages to display to small projectors conveniently mounted and connected to computers, classrooms have experienced considerable steps forward as far as teaching efficiency is concerned.
Multiple aspects of teaching and learning in a classroom setting are becoming digitalized, and the trend and popularity of classroom blogs and pages is just one example. Putting all material related to a class and students in one convenient spot that is accessible at all hours (online) is an extremely practical way of ensuring that students have access to learning materials, course syllabi, announcements regarding school or class deadlines or important dates, outside or extra material useful to students, other media, etc. This can be an important point for educators, as it is an opportunity for parents also to be able to view all materials relating to their child’s classroom.
With a classroom blog students also have the opportunity to contribute and participate in a myriad of ways. Sharing ideas, external links and resources, and other relevant topics and ideas will encourage students to be more participatory and engaged in their own learning. The technological aspect of it makes it easier than ever for students to feel more involved in their classroom. Not only this, but blogging and encouraging students to be involved in a classroom blog further develops literary skills.
Said online learning specialist Stephen Downs:“Blogging is about, first, reading. But more important, it is about reading what is of interest to you: your culture, your community, your ideas. And it is about engaging with the content and with the authors of what you have read—reflecting, criticizing, questioning, reacting.”
Blogging allows students an opportunity to care about their curriculum, to become involved in their own learning, and to actively participate where otherwise they might have been able to. Creating a classroom blog is a relatively easy process and can be the means of engaging and changing students. The following is a small list of platforms that are used for classroom blogs, though the list is by no means comprehensive.
Downs, Stephen. "Educational Blogging." Educause September/October 2004 (2004). PDF File.
Hedge, Stephanie. "Teaching with Blogs." Inside Higher Ed. 15 Jan. 2013. Web.
"The Ultimate Guide to The Use of Blogs in Teaching." Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. Web.
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