Blogging provides students with authentic writing and collaboration experiences by providing a forum for sharing their ideas and interacting with others both inside and outside the classroom. Students can access Blogger via their Google Apps for Education accounts. Watch the video below for answers to these questions:
Making it Happen in Your Classroom
Before students can take on a blogging assignment, they need to know how to create their own blog. Watch the following screencast for a quick look at how to set up a blog in Blogger.
Other Things To Consider
Blogging projects are great, but it's important to set up the project with clear instructions so students understand the expectations.
Activities and Student Examples
21st Century Lit Circles
Most writing assignments are only seen by the teacher. When students begin writing for a larger audience, their work becomes more meaningful. This often translates to better quality writing. When students know there is the possibility that the whole world can see what their doing, they take more ownership in what they present!
Examples of real-world interactions:
In 2014 the Literature Circle Blogs project was promoted on social media (Twitter, Google +, etc.) and many students received followers and comments from outside the classroom. This is a comment from a San Diego educator along with a reply from a student:
When a student from one of the blogging groups decided to tweet the author of the book, The Sea of Tranquility, she never imagined she would get a response. Not only did the author tweet her back, but she also checked out their blog!