Reaching Your Students Through Blogging

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Reaching Your Students Through Blogging

  1. 1. Maria Michalakos 2nd Grade Teacher Wescott School- District 30 mmichalakos@district30.org Reaching YourStudents Through Blogging
  2. 2. Quick Survey About Us About Me Feedback- http://wallwisher.com/wall/Torch-MM
  3. 3. My experience…Blogging amateurGoogle site/ student portfolios
  4. 4. Why have a blog?To showcase student work.To communicate with parents “window into our classroom.”To publish student writing.To reflect on and spotlight student learning and achievements.To increase social interactions within the classroom and school community.To collect student data.The possibilities are endless!
  5. 5. BenefitsMotivates students, especially those who otherwise might not become participants in classrooms.Excellent opportunities for students to read and write.Effective forums for collaboration and discussion.Every student has an equal opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions.It’s a digital portfolio! Since it is being published for the world, students want to produce their best work.
  6. 6. Successes Seen this Past Year Because of our blog, my first graders are now  Independent bloggers.  Confident on the internet.  Aware of “quality writing.”  Enthusiastic about sharing their thoughts and ideas with the world.  Capable of writing incredible things!For the first time EVER I have kept in contact with most ofmy class over the summer.
  7. 7. No Experience Necessary!Quickly createdEasily maintainedConvenientAccessible anywhere
  8. 8. Choose a kid-friendly themeShould be user friendly and easy to navigate.Not too busy (especially for primary students).Colors are fun!Themes can be changed at any time  Caution: students will have to re-learn how to navigate.
  9. 9. Make it exciting!User Avatars Lego personWidgets- widgetbox.com  Countdown, pets, weatherData Collection
  10. 10. They will keep coming back…Student artwork/writingSpring Word CloudsPresident Day Google PresentationPictures/videos of studentsSnow DanceTraffic Ticker • Clustrmaps.com
  11. 11. The success of your blog is in your hands…Show enthusiasm  Your attitude is contagious. Visit often with your class.Explore the web  Don’t be afraid to borrow ideas!Show dedication  Sick Day  Celebrity Substitute
  12. 12. Let’s take a look…Mrs. Cassidys Classroom BlogMrs. Quigleys Classroom BlogMrs. Harjus Classroom BlogMs. Ross 5th GradeMs. Lunds Classroom Blog Feedback- http://wallwisher.com/wall/Torch-MM
  13. 13. Common MistakesYour blog is your garden…Minimal activity • Moderation – Appropriate comments – New bloggers • Posts • Replies
  14. 14. Leaving CommentsTeach students how to leave appropriate comments • Model • Practice • EvaluateSet guidelines for acceptable and unacceptable comments. • Allow students to help you decipher between the two.Teach students how to be specific and productive with their comments.
  15. 15. Publicize! You can spend tons of time on it and have the best blog, but without readers—it’s a waste! Email everyone you know Encourage parents to subscribe to RSS feed or Google reader. Be specific—don’t be afraid to ask for exactly what you want. Email the direct link.
  16. 16. My Plans for This YearAssign a weekly “guest blogger.”Encourage more feedback from parentsUse Tags and CategoriesTry to get other team members involved.
  17. 17. Common Complaints (I have heard)Students can’t log on.Too many students for one teacher to help.Students can’t type.Not enough computers.Other thoughts on possible difficulties or obstacles??
  18. 18. Questions? Comments?

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