A few years ago, I played around with blogging in my classroom. I was seriously just looking for a new way of completing the “same old” tasks: reading homework, responding to literature, classroom discussions, homework, writing assignments. I heard about KidBlog.org and immediately feel in LOVE! What’s even better, is my students were as excited as me! That is why I am sharing this post. I want to make sure ANY teacher who wants to set up a classroom blog, can! You can also download this entire walk-through guide FREE at the end of the post!
Not sure if you want to start blogging? Here are 4 good reasons to set-up a classroom blog!
Congratulations!!! You just completed setting up your classroom blog! The next step is to decide how you would like to use your blog!
Here are just a few ideas:
1. Student Journals – you could have students write reactions/reflections to topics discussed in class.
2. Homework – students can complete any type of short answer response or reading summary. You could also set up a blog where students can go for help with their homework. They can ask other students, or the teachers questions.
3. Book reports
4. Literature Circles – students can have discussions about a book they are reading together.
5. Writing Assignments – students can respond to writing prompts given by the teacher.
6. Class Discussions – teachers can post a question based on a classroom lesson for students to think about and respond to.
7. Class Newsletter – teachers can post current events on a class blog.
8. Collaborative projects with another class – two or more classes can work together on any blog.
9. Communication tool with students/parents!
I would love to hear about all the ways you end up using your class blog! Please feel free to contact me or comment below.
You can download a copy of “A Guide to Blogging in the Classroom” for FREE!