This is our 3rd year blogging with our classes and the partnerships between home and school couldn’t be more evident.
You’ve heard it all before.
Blogging – but what is it all about?
After finding the platform which best suits your classroom’s needs, setting blog guidelines and expectations of users ensures smooth sailing and lots of fun to be had.
For our classrooms we found that Kidblog has an easy to use dashboard and upload feature for teachers, students and parents alike and is accessible in our 1:1 iPad classrooms. Follow this link for an easy to follow guide to ‘Getting Started on Kidblog.’
One of the most obvious and readily talked about benefits of blogging is student engagement. Publishing work beyond pencil and paper and the ability to include images, sound, videos, links and more has students excited to complete work ready for publishing. Knowing that their post can be accessed and viewed outside of the classroom gives the student a meaningful purpose and an audience to write for. As well as providing working parents with a window into their child’s learning. A student’s smile says it all when they can see a comment has been left on one of their posts.
We have designated blog buddies between classes to increase and maintain this engagement. Blog buddies are designed to support students in developing their writing skills when creating and responding to comments using an appropriate format. Of course the answer to a question we are frequently asked is Yes. We always draft before posting on the blog. This is an essential component of our blogging routine and is an essential element to support the writing development of students.
One of our most successful initiatives is ‘Comment Bonanza Month’ to reignite the spark and importance of sharing the learning journey with family members. Also posting reminders, photos, and parent-student challenges keep the interest levels high.