21 IDEAS FOR BLOGGING IN YOUR CLASSROOM

  1. Share the great things happening in your classroom on your blog to give your students a world wide audience.
  2. Collaborate with other classrooms in your school and in others.
  3. Share the learning with parents and whanau located all over the world.
  4. Children write directly to their blog page and invite specific comments about the quality of their work from readers (this helps them to build their editing and presentation skills).
  5. Teach your students to access blog pages belonging to other students around the world, posting comments including specific and relevant feedback and feedforward.
  6. Teach students to find and create a page that includes widgets, personalising their own pages.
  7. Keep in touch with students who can't attend school, this makes a great starter for reading lessons as the class will be really keen to hear what their friends have been up to.
  8. Set up a blog for a specific discussion (literacy, maths etc) e.g. a book-back-chat or an author study, collaborate within a class/school or cross cluster to build the blog around this theme.
  9. As above but based around a topic theme. Children creating content collaboratively, in child speak, then other schools can use this as a reference point for their own learning.
  10. Picture a day blog (supports visual language) - post one photo each day (get interesting ones from Flickr or national geographic) no explaination. Children and families can log in to see what todays pic is and respond as they desire through comments.
  11. Homework blog - post up copies of each weeks homework - so that those who lose their hard copy can find it online, parents can join RSS and recieve notification of homework expectations, perhaps add a surprise online extra section - to entice children.