Here’s what I say:
A class blog is always a good starting point. This gives you to time to increase your skills while gradually introducing your students to blogging and educating them on appropriate online behaviour.
Start with you initially being responsible for writing posts, and the students responding in comments.
As the students demonstrate both keenness and responsibility give them their ‘blogging license’ where they earn the right to write posts on the class blog and/or get their own blog.
Joining the student blogging challenge is a great way of getting your class blog started while being supported by other educators!
For detailed help refer to Getting started with your blog!
Check these for ideas on how you could use your class blog:
- Examples of class blogs by age group and subject area
- Check Out These Cool Ideas From Class Blogs
- Looking for Ideas? Check out our Class blog list!
- Using Scribe Posts on Class Blogs
Here’s other information that will help you:
- Read through the comments on this post for examples of appropriate blogging, commenting, online behaviour and student privacy guidelines used by other educators
- Read these comments on advice from educator on student blogging
- Check Out This Two Page Blog Guide For Parents!
- Some Tips for Classroom Blogging
Here’s ‘must have widgets’ as recommended by educators
- Flag Counter
- Shelfari books
- RSS feed widget- I like using the SpringWidgets RSS FeedWidget
- Most widgets are added to blog sidebars using Text Widgets — exactly the same procedure as Adding ClustrMaps to your sidebar using a Text Widget.
- All these widgets can be added to Edublogs and Edublogs Campus blogs but you mightn’t necessarily be able to add them to a WordPress.com blog
What advice would you give educators new to blogging with students? And off course did I miss your favourite widgets?
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