by Kristina B
Yesterday I set up a class blog for my grade 8’s. I have been asking around and found that KidBlog seemed to be a great place to start.
I honestly cannot believe how easy it was and how user-friendly it seems to be! Within five minutes (no lie) I had my blog and every one of my 29 students set up with their blog! I put it up on the SMART board and showed them their login information and what I had access to (they were a little disappointed in this).
We began a conversation of what kinds of things could or should go on the blogs and what commenting on other blogs may look like. We will continue this conversation today and possibly look at some other class blogs to see what people out there are doing. I also want to talk to them about the ability to open up our classroom walls and see what the rest of the world is doing…that blogging opens up a whole new world to us. People all around the world can read and comment on your blog, not just your parents and teachers.
I have decided to include this in my final project…there is something else I want to try with my class but I am just seeking out permissions first.
What is my goal with having the kids blogging???
- I want the kids to write! I want them to see that writing doesn’t always have to be in a story format. Blogging is a perfect tool to get kids writing for educational purposes but at the same time it still feels fun.
- I want the kids to see what other people are doing and saying. They need to connect to the other kids in their class and kids around the province, country or world.
- I want my students to connect the pieces of their learning. I want them to think deeply about what they have learned or have done in class and connect it to what they know. I want them to further their learning by having conversations about what they have learned or done with people who are not in their immediate circle.
I believe that blogging is a start to achieving these goals.
You can find the link to our class blog on the grade eight page…but for today you can find it here. Please check in and see what we are up to and connect with the kids.
If you have already started using a class blog what have your experiences been? Positives and negatives please! I want to hear your experiences with your students blogging. What has been successful and what are some of the limitations you have experienced?