Have you ever felt completely inspired and rejuvenated after visiting another school? Stepping out of the bubble of your own environment can be so powerful to get new ideas and perspectives.
The same can be said for taking a virtual peek into other classrooms by checking out class blogs!
A growing number of educators are setting up a blog to have an online space that complements their physical space.
In our last survey on The State of Educational Blogging, around one third of our respondents told us that the type of blog they used was a class blog.
Class blogs are very popular and why wouldn’t they be when you consider the huge benefits for students, teachers, and the school community?
10 Great Class Blogs
These class blogs are just a tiny fraction of the high quality spaces out there. We strongly encourage you to leave a comment on this post with your contributions!
We have selected a range of different age groups and subject areas to demonstrate what’s possible.
Becky Versteeg is a Grade Two teacher from Ontario, Canada. Her class blog is an online hub which showcases student work and events, while keeping families up to date with everything that is happening in class.
You’ll also find links to all her student blogs on the right sidebar. This is such an impressive set up for a class of 6 and 7 year olds!
Mrs Kriese’s 7th Grade ELA (English Language Arts) class blog is such a rich student-centered space. Student learning and reflections are showcased both on class blog posts and through individual student blogs (links are on the left sidebar).
It’s clear that blogging is integrated well in this Texas classroom.
Norway educator, Ann Michaelsen operates this blog in a very unique style. Connected Teaching And Learning is Ann’s professional blog where she publishes regular reflections on what she is reading and learning. Beyond that, it is also a classroom hub for lesson plans and materials, as well as a home for many student blogs (links are on the right sidebar).
Ann shares a great overview of the benefits of blogging for her high school students in this post from 2016.
Ann’s approach makes us wonder if it would be beneficial for more educators to set up one blogging hub for the many aspects of their professional lives. What are the pros and cons of this approach? Leave a comment and tell us what you think.
Mr Benoit’s use of humor and image rich posts would no doubt resonate well with his young Texan students. This blog is updated very regularly which makes it particularly useful to families wanting to keep up with what’s happening in class.
There are student contributions too, and families are invited to send in photos from holidays and adventures outside of the classroom. This looks like a fun community to be a part of!
Have you ever thought about recording your lessons and publishing them, not just for your own class, but for anyone who wants to watch and learn? Eddie Woo is a Sydney maths teacher who has done just that.
Eddie’s award winning work has earned him a huge following with students from across the world. Eddie uses a WordPress site as an online hub for a blog, his YouTube channels, learning resources, and more. This is a great example of how blogs have evolved to be dynamic homes for any online creations.
Ian Rockey is head teacher at a UK primary school that is small in size but big on connecting the community in innovative ways. Links to each of Westwood’s four class blogs can be found on a central landing page. This example demonstrates the benefit of connecting individual class blogs across the school.
One outstanding feature of this school’s online presence is their own radio station which is organized and run by the children. Check out their incredible work!
The Electronic Pencil class blog is a place where Kevin provides guidelines and examples for student assignments. Student creations are also showcased on the blog
On his professional blog, Kevin often publishes more detailed posts about lessons, while exploring various other topics. Kevin shares many creative ideas and his blogs are well worth a look.
One subject area that has been totally transformed by technology is language learning. What a joy to be able to hear, see, and connect with other language learners or speakers.
Grade Three French Immersion Teachers, Mme Harrison and Mlle Nicholson use their class blog to introduce the students to French resources, as well as sharing student learning.
One particularly interesting idea they use is a ‘Thought Box’ page where parents are invited to share thoughts that won’t be published.
A blog is the perfect complement to a photography class. After all, what’s the point of working on all those images if no one sees them?
Teacher, Rebecca Cauchon showcases her students’ truly amazing creations on the Jurupa Hills High School Photography blog. This is done through posts on the class blog and individual student blogs (see the links on the sidebar on the right hand side). This blog really is a visual delight!
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Our final example is from a class of very young students. Paula Crockett and Aviva Dunsiger are an innovative pair of Canadian teachers who use a class blog to connect with families.
This blog is a real hive of activity and their Daily Shoot idea is a marvelous way to keep families up to date. This concept has replaced a traditional class newsletter.
Aviva is also a well known blogger herself. Her professional posts often expand and reflect on the content of the class blog posts.
About Edublogs, CampusPress, and WordPress
Confused about the platforms these blogs are built with? Let’s break it down.
You’ve probably heard of WordPress? It’s the most popular content management system out there. In fact, more than a quarter of websites worldwide are built with WordPress.
Some educators build their blogs straight from WordPress.com or WordPress.org.
Edublogs is a popular option for those who are interested in using a WordPress platform but want the technical side of things taken care of including hosting and backups. Edublogs also offers a blogging platform that’s purely for education with the added elements of support and safety.
CampusPress is a WordPress platform for a whole school, university, district, or other educational institution. It offers the same great features that come with Edublogs, plus more, including individual branding.
So why is a WordPress platform like Edublogs the way to go?
- The fact that it’s export friendly is a big reason. You want to be able to take your work, or your students’ work with you.
- Of course safety is a huge decider for many schools too and we have that covered.
- Many teachers really appreciate being able to have personalized support to help them through their blogging journey.
- Students and educators love being able to customize their online space, just like they do in their offline spaces. Themes, plugins, and other extensions allow you to do just that.
- It’s a great idea to consider the future of your blogging platform too. With WordPress powering so much of the web now, who knows where your students’ blogging skills could take them in the future!
Want To Start Blogging But Not Sure How?
We have a new post just for beginner bloggers. It includes a 15 minute tutorial video and all the help guides you’ll need to get going!
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Add To Our Showcase
Do you know any great class blogs?
Perhaps you have a class blog of your own?
Please leave us a comment with the details so our community can take a look!