Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Blogging with students

Last year I created a class blog through edublogs for my students to use in our school computer lab. Creating one blog for my class seemed easier for them to use since they are younger. My students had just finished creating book review podcast in their technology class. So I decided to have each student write a review of a different book from our class library on our class blog. I wanted the students to share their favorite book they've read in hopes of encouraging other students in the class to read it.

Here is my second grade class blog http://jacklyn7.edublogs.org/

The students really enjoyed participating and reading each others responses. It was a great way for them to learn about new books in our classroom library. With second graders it does take some time to introduce and explain the process of adding a comment. I was able to use the LCD projector to walk the students step by step. Second graders also need time and some help with typing. I personally think it may be difficult to have Kindergartners or First graders blogging without additional teacher support.

Benefits to Blogging:
  • motivating to 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.

Blogging Do's:
  • Get parental permission.
  • Know your school and district acceptable use policies (AUPs) and convey them to your students.
  • Avoid blogging sites that require students to publish their complete names and/or e-mail accounts.
  • Avoid sites that ask students for any personal information.
  • Make students aware of what subject matter is appropriate and permissible.
  • Teach students the importance of tone and respect for others' opinions.
  • Have clear expectations, rules, and consequences.
33 Ways to Use a Blog in Your Classroom
How to Use Blogs in the Classroom
Classroom Blogs and Wikis

Please feel free to add any other additional uses for blogging in education.


  1. This brings be back to Sam's class. I like your idea about using the blog for the students to write book reviews. As you said it is a great way to get them motivated. I like that you used the LCD projector to show the students how to access the blog and how to respond.
    Have you thought about using the blog with this year's students? Would you use it with the students in school or from home?

  2. Jacki,
    Thanks for the list of things to do when starting a blog. Issues like getting parent permission and making sure student know what is appropriate and what is inappropriate will save you a headache down the road. I think blogging can be a great resource for kids if time is taken up front to teach proper protocol. But, what better way to teach our kids how to safely use the internet than to have these discussions with them?!?