Connecting Students Through Blogging
Part of the series: Teaching In A Connected Classroom (cross-posted for Eduro Learning)
A great way to start connecting your students to each other and to others outside the classroom at the start of a new year is to begin blogging. Not only can blogging give students a voice, but it also has the potential to change the way they write.Over the years I’ve discovered through my own trials and those of teachers I’ve been fortunate to work closely with, ten tips that may help get blogging starting in your classroom and keep it sustainable throughout the year. Most apply to individual blogs with your students and/or blogging together with students on a Class Blog.
#1 Decide on your why (the purpose)
#2 Pick your platform
#3 Obtain permissions
#4 Teach Quality Blogging
#5 Discuss Citizenship – all.the.time
#6 Teach commenting
Teaching your students to properly comment is just as important, if not more important as teaching your students about writing quality blog posts.
As Pernille Ripp, from Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension, mentions …
In order for blogging to be effective, comments are needed, but if students don’t know how to properly comment they will lose out on part of the experience. We discuss how to thank people, how to answer their questions, and most importantly, how to ask questions back. This is all part of common conversational knowledge that all kids should be taught any way.
#7 Start small
#8 Connect with others
#9 Allow personalisation (making it their own)
#10 Give it time
- Mr Mike Jessee and his students at ISBangkok – A great example of a classroom blog in action
- Jeff Utecht: Sustained blogging in the Classroom (a 2010 K12Online Conference presentation) with some still very relevant points to consider when blogging in the classroom
- Five Steps to Starting a Class Blog – Kathleen Morris
- Create A Class Blog – The Edublogger
- 14 Steps to Meaningful Student Blogging – Pernille Ripp (definitely worth a read)
Already blogging with your students?
What tips and/or recommendations do you have? Please share in the comments below!