What is blogging? ○ Blog is short for web log. ○ A blog is an online diary. ○ Most recent posts are usually at the top. ○ Posts are ordered by date stamp. ○ Blogger is a popular, free weblog publishing tool from Google for sharing text, photos and video.
Why blog?○ An authentic audience for your students work.○ A place to put all the digital content you are creating.○ Helps you to reflect on your teaching and students reflect on their learning.○ Its rewarding and its fun!
How to get started. ○ Go blog surfing. Think about what you like and what you don’t like.
Get permission.•Inform the parents.•Only first names and photos.•Share some examples.•Share your excitement.
What to blog?○ Write a great introduction.○ Share the classroom walls.○ Take lots of photos.○ Ask the students!
Get some gadgets. ○ A hit counter. ○ An email subscriber feature. ○ Links to favourite sites. ○ A cluster map.
Videos.Yesterday was one of the wettest we have had inNorthland and by the end of the day I only had 3children left at school!This morning we talked about the rain we have been having, we looked atsome photos Reuben brought in on a pen drive of his cousins farm flooded andwe talked about the rain and what it does when it really really rains.We listened to the rain in the youtube clip below to create images in our mindsthen I read to the children the poem Real Rain by Alan Bagnall and webrainstormed all the verbs we could think of to describe the rain falling.Now we are writing our own real rain poems - check back later to read them. : )Real Rain posts on blog.http://room10sfx.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/rain-has-gone-for-now-at-least.html?q=rainhttp://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1781310978086000426#allposts
Lessons. ○ Teach the parents. ○ Reinforce lessons. ○ Flip the classroom. ○ Share the learning.
Comments.○ Teach students and parents how to comment.○ Moderate comments.○ Share the comments in the morning like email.○ Rave about comments.
Tagging or Labelling Posts. ○ Tag to sort posts by curriculum area. ○ Tag to identify individual childrens work. ○ Tag for assessment.
Promoting your blog.Make business cards for your students to take home.Make fridge magnets for parents.Link from your school website.Drop into your class newsletter.Make it an activity for homework.
Quadblogging.A Blog needs an audience to keep it alive for your learners.Too often blogs wither away leaving the learners frustratedand bored. Quadblogging gives your blog a truly authenticand global audience that will visit your blog, leavecomments and return on a 4 week cycle.http://quadblogging.net/
Keeping the momentum going.•Set a regular time to blog.( I used ssr time.)• Have a blogger of the week / day.• Pair up with another class to peer blog.• Build reading blogs into reading time.• Use email posting.
Blogs for You! ○ The NZ edublogs class blog list. ○ The Ins and Outs. ○ My year 3 class blog. ○ Room 6 Halcombe School ○ Nine Inch Nails. ○ Tawa Intermediate in Wellington. ○ Hey Milly ○ Pt. England School ○ Stonefields School
How to start a blog on blogger.Here are 2 links to sites which will talk youthrough, step by step, setting up and starting ablog.http://www.wikihow.com/Start-a-Blog-on-BloggerAdding bling to your blog
Email posting to your blog.One of the real challenges facing teachers with class blogs is finding the time topost online the wonderful teaching and learning experiences they are sharing intheir classrooms.Email posting is fast, holds the time/place in your blog and allows you to goback and add more detail later. (if you wish)It also allows you to post from anywhere at any time and allows you to let otherpeople, including students, post to your blog without having to give them sign inaccess.Check out this video to show how I used email to live-blog a class trip. : )http://blog.core-ed.org/blog/2012/03/a-blog-an-iphone-a-school-visit-and-its-impact.html