Maria Michalakos 2nd Grade Teacher Wescott School- District 30 email@example.com Reaching YourStudents Through Blogging
Quick Survey About Us About Me Feedback- http://wallwisher.com/wall/Torch-MM
My experience…Blogging amateurGoogle site/ student portfolios
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!
BenefitsMotivates 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.
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.
No Experience Necessary!Quickly createdEasily maintainedConvenientAccessible anywhere
Choose a kid-friendly themeShould 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.
Make it exciting!User Avatars Lego personWidgets- widgetbox.com Countdown, pets, weatherData Collection
They will keep coming back…Student artwork/writingSpring Word CloudsPresident Day Google PresentationPictures/videos of studentsSnow DanceTraffic Ticker • Clustrmaps.com
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
Let’s take a look…Mrs. Cassidys Classroom BlogMrs. Quigleys Classroom BlogMrs. Harjus Classroom BlogMs. Ross 5th GradeMs. Lunds Classroom Blog Feedback- http://wallwisher.com/wall/Torch-MM
Common MistakesYour blog is your garden…Minimal activity • Moderation – Appropriate comments – New bloggers • Posts • Replies
Leaving CommentsTeach students how to leave appropriate comments • Model • Practice • EvaluateSet 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.
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.
My Plans for This YearAssign a weekly “guest blogger.”Encourage more feedback from parentsUse Tags and CategoriesTry to get other team members involved.
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??