Blogs are a great way for students to share ideas with the world around them!  They allow students to collaborate, write for an authentic audience, and integrate technology in meaningful, relevant ways.  
Blog Basics
  • What is a blog? How does it work?
  • Why should my students blog?

Activity #1

Check out these great student blogs!  Students are reflecting on their 20% Time Projects while learning how to write for an authentic audience.  Please leave a comment (or two)!

  • Blog Engines
    • Blogger (Use their Google Account)
    • Wordpress (Need to set up their own account)
  • Set-up
    • In class activity
    • Student "experts" to help other students
    • It's helpful if the teacher has gone through the process (Hint, hint!)
  • Management
    • Collecting links with Forms
    • Organization - Feedly 
    • Grading

Instructional Uses
Ongoing Reflection / Progress
  1. Digital Imagery Pathway (Teacher and student blogs)
21st Century Lit Circles
  1. Introduction
  2. Roles
  3. Examples
  4. Book Review (Final Assignment)
    • Helpful for new students
    • Gives students ideas for what works/what doesn’t
    • Possibility of creating a Lit Blog library (if students purchase then donate)
    • Sample

Authentic Audiences
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: 

Blog Brainstorm!
What other ways can you incorporate student blogging?  Think about what you're already doing that might fit nicely with this type of project.  Or, come up with something entirely new!
  • Poet/Poetry Research
  • Take on the persona of a character, author, historical figure
  • Research Paper blog - source reflection, academic summary
  • Teacher blog with weekly questions
  • 30 Day Challenge

Activity #2 - Now it's your turn!  

Part 1 - Choose one of the following blog platforms and create your very own blog!  
  • Create an "About Me" page
  • Submit your first blog post - this can be about anything!

Part 2 - Submit your blog link to THIS FORM

Part 3 - Check out the new blogs HERE.  You can even leave someone a comment!

Additional Resources

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