We blog up in the computer lab. I often give students “free writing time” when we go to the lab. They can blog on any topic that interests them. We often brainstorm ideas first to help them with their blogging.
Blogging During Centres
Students often blog in groups of three or four during literacy centres or math centres. This is when they have a more specific topic (often related to a content area).
Blogging On The SMART Board
Students write the post together in GoogleDocs, and we add the post to our group blog. There is also a more specific topic for these posts.
Students blogged on the iPod Touches to write “notes” during Literacy Centre and Math Centre Review. Now blog using the Livescribe Pen. Could also do this on a single computer or laptop in the classroom.
Final Words of Advice
The more opportunities to blog, the better. Students will then be far more independent at this task, and produce far better work too.
Don’t give up! Blogging can be difficult at the beginning, but really does produce an excellent digital portfolio of a student’s work.