Put simply by the people at Commoncraft: Blogs in plain English
Rachel Boyd, a teacher from Nelson, NZ, sums it up in this video Why let our students blog?
• Students from our classes• Students from our classes• Parents & family members• Students’ extended family• Colleagues at school• Students from other schools• Educators from around the globe
• Sharing news & events• Sharing work• Students’ ideas/opinions• Accessing information, e.g. spelling lists, homework• Linking to other student/class blogs• Links for projects via our diigo site • Feedback on what’s happening at school• Parent information• Sharing/reviewing tools
• Authentic audience• Familiar form of communication• Student voice• Multimedia capabilities – sharing of digital work• Global communication –collaborative work with other classes in Australia & overseas, comments from all over world, networking with classes in NZ, UK & USA• Feedback from others
• New skills• Consider new ways of doing things, e.g. podcasts, videos, web2.0 tools - Picturetrail, slideshare, voicethread, audioboo• Contact with other educators, both in Australia & overseas• Opportunity for shared, collaborative learning experiences with others• Student engagement
• Not blocked in schools, unlike some others• Easy to use• App available• Ability to moderate comments• Registering students or other users at different levels – contributor, author, editor, administrator• Ease of uploading files, media etc• Edublogs forum• Free, but with - no ads & more facilities when you become a supporter – small annual fee & bulk upgrades very reasonable• The edublogger – great support & info
• Blocked in schools - but can be easily unblocked• Easy to use• Multiple templates• Ability to moderate comments• Multiple contributors• Ease of uploading files, media etc• Automatic tags and search engines• FREE!
• Easy to use• App available for both Apple & Android• Multiple templates• Ability to moderate comments• Multiple contributors• Ease of uploading files, media etc• Automatic tags and search engines• FREE!
• Moderation of comments to avoid inappropriate content• Student anonymity & privacy• Class blog with student posts or individual blogs?• Blogging is about reading as well as writing – which blogs will you add to your blogroll?• Consider subscribing to a blog reader for updates on favourite blogs, e.g Google Reader, feedly, iGoogle• Comments – relevant & appropriate
• Interviewing parents about a particular topic – can be written report or recorded as mp3• PMI about school or a school event – can use wallwisher or linoit• Recounts of activities, e.g. buddy classes• Reflections on learning• Videos of talks, drama, assemblies, visitors• Podcasts• Book reviews
Great opportunity to connect & networkwith others when new to bloggingQuadblogging set up and managed byDavid Mitchell in UK
• Clairvaux Connects• Room 6 Cyberkids – Year 3• Little Voices Little Scholars – Year 2• Room 2 All Stars – Reception & Year 1 • Mr Webb (NZ)• Mr Cs Class (USA)• Allstars – Library• Room 102 – 1st grade• Room 6 St Mary’s (NZ)• 4KM & 4KJ
• What Ed Said• Blogging through the Fourth Dimension• Spencer’s Scratch Pad• For the love of learning• The Wejr Board• On an e-journey with Generation Y• Cool Tools for 21st century learning• The Principal of Change• A view from the middle• Life is not a race to be finished first
• Clustrmaps – see where your visitors are coming from• Widgetbox – lots of widgets, e.g. clocks, games• Counters – how many visitors are you getting?• Vokis – record a welcome message for your visitors• Avatars – use an avatar instead of a photo – great for students to have identity but stay anonymous• More avatars
• Promote your blog• Keep it up to date• The blogging community • Comments work both ways!• Start simple• Pam Thompson @pam_thompson email@example.com• Jarrod Lamshed @jlamshed firstname.lastname@example.org