This challenge will provide you and your class with an engaging way to connect to the world, with a tool to record your achievements and activities, with a means communicate with parents and a opportunity to develop a positive digital identity.
Introduce Blogging to Your Class
Start by reading a variety of other class blogs and leave comments on posts that you have read.
- This is an excellent opportunity to start talking about Digital Citizenship and On-line Identity.
I choose three blogs to follow with my class in the beginning because I wanted one from our own province so that the students would get to see what other students on the same curriculum were doing. My second blog, was one that I chose because it gave me and my students a clear image of what our blog would be able to do (It was our End in Mind). My third blog was from a class across the ocean. I wanted students to see the learning of their peers and start to introduce them to the idea of IT’S A SMALL WORLD.
Next year, I am planning on adding blogs from schools in the countries that we study in Social Studies (India, Tunisia, Ukraine and Peru). This will provide my students with a much better picture of culture, school and experiences from the above countries.
Start Your Own Classroom Blog
You will need to choose a blogging service.
Video – Learning WordPress Basics –for beginners
What to Blog About
Classroom blogs are being used in many different ways. I recommend blogging about activities and learning that is happening in your class. Blogging provides an opportunity for review, discussion and celebration. Students become very motivated when blogging as it provides them an audience outside of the classroom. Remember your blogs will be read by people around the world and you will be receiving comments from your readers. Blogging should be done as a class project so that it provides modeling for the students. After you get comfortable blogging as a classroom you may want to have each student set up their own blog to serve as a blogfolio of their learning.
Receiving comments is a key to maintaining student interest. If you don’t have a Twitter account yet, now is the time to create one! Once your students have their posts up, sign on to twitter and say something like:
3rd grade bloggers looking for comments! #comments4kids http://kidblog.org/mrsdahlsclass4
#Comments4kids is a hashtag. That means that anyone who follows that particular hashtag will see your post. (Hashtags always have a ‘#’ in front of them.) Don’t forget to include the link to your blog. Several fellow twitterers will retweet your post to their followers. Be sure to comment on others who are asking for comments as well. You’ll soon find yourself with several blogging pals.
Leave your blog address at http://comments4kids.blogspot.com/ to hook up with other classroom blogs.
Also be sure to send the link out to parents, who will probably forward the link onto grandparents and other family members. They love to leave comments.
Students will be excited to respond to comments left for them and to leave comments for other classes and classmates. You will want to set clear guidelines on commenting. Here is an awesome video to share with your students about commenting: Comments for Kids – How to Compose a Quality comment