TerminologyBlog – a website where you write things, mostoften all centered about a common topic. Youadd information on a continuing basisBlogging – term used for the act of writinginformation on a blogBlogger – person who maintains a blogPost – entries that are published, or posted, to ablog
Why create a classroom blog?2-Internet Safety – hands-on activity in a simulated environment1-Social Skills – opportunity for reluctant students to practice social skills8-Global Connection – blog with classes across the world7-Authentic Audience – students take pride in work that goes on the blogand do best for their larger audience4-Home School Connection – can bridge the gap in the home and schoolconnection5-ICT Skills – develops students technology skills6-Classroom Community– requires teamwork and collaboration3-Blogging– improve student literacy , writing, and reading skills
5 Steps to Starting a Class BlogIntroduction1. Choose Your Platform2. Find Support3. Set Your Guidelines4. Introduce Your Blog to Parents5. Introduce Your Blog to StudentsConclusion
Choose a PlatformWhich site do you want to use to start your blog?http://edublogs.org(for educators only)http://www.blogger.comhttp://wordpress.comhttp://blog.comhttp://www.weebly.com
Find SupportAs a beginning blogger, it is important to useplatform that is simplistic, but also has greatSITE SUPPORTusually as close as a click of the mouse.edublogs supporthttp://help.edublogs.org/getting-started-with-edublogs/blogger supporthttp://support.google.com/blogger/?hl=en
Set Your GuidelinesThings to Consider…• Will you include photos?• Will your blog be open to public searches?• How will you have students, parents, andyourself identify themselves on the blog?• Will you select the option to have all commentssent to your email for approval beforeappearing on the blog?• What protocols will you set up with your class?• Will you read all students’ blog posts beforethey are published?
Blog Guidelines fromMs. Morris’ blogInternet safety is of utmost importance to us. Through blogging,students have the opportunity to learn about appropriate online behaviorsin an authentic and supervised setting.The following guidelines have been established to ensure the safety of ourstudents when blogging:• Students’ first names, photos, work, video, and school name MAY be included on theblog(s).• Students’ surnames, address, email address, phone number, specific plans, date of birth,and other personal information WILL NOT be included on the blog(s).• All comments have to be screened and approved before they are included on the blog(s).• Students will be encouraged to comment on other class/student blogs with teacher/parentsupervision.• Parents who leave comments are asked to use their first name only so as not to identifytheir child.• All commenters must be polite, respectful, and courteous.• Others’ work, images, music, or videos will not be used without permission andattribution.•Parents are asked to proofread comments and posts that students write on blogs at home.http://4kmand4kj.global2.vic.edu.au/guidelinessafety/blog-guidelines/
Introduce Your Blog to ParentsParent permission is crucial!!!Education is the first step to getting parentsinvolved.link to parent permissionnote in PDF formathandout to help parentsnavigate the class bloghttp://primarytech.global2.vic.edu.au/files/2012/01/10-Steps-to-Navigating-the-4KM-and-4KJ-Blog-2012-qpxtc9.pdfSample letters retrieved from teacher Kathleen Morris’ blog.http://primarytech.global2.vic.edu.au/files/2013/02/4KM-and-4KJ-Blog-Permission-Note-2013-td8cz1.pdf
Introduce Your Blog to Students• Introduce students to the concept ofblogging• Familiarize students with blog terminology• Start by reading and commenting otherclassroom blogs• You might want to create a rubric orguideline for blog commenting• Get your classroom blog up and running• Then, maintain your classroom blog
Teach Students to Write Blog Commentshttp://4kmand4kj.global2.vic.edu.au
Blogging BuddiesDO NOTRush in to finding blogging buddies.It is most beneficial to ensure your studentsknow the basics of blogging such as safety,etiquette, and quality commenting beforeembarking on collaborative ventures.
http://primarytech.global2.vic.edu.au/Information on‘Blogging in the Classroom’retrieved from:Mrs. Kathleen Morris is a 4th grade teacher atLeopold Primary School in Victoria, Australia.