Blogging

Overview

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:

  • What is a blog? How does it work?
  • Why should my students blog?

Mobile Apps

Making it Happen in Your Classroom

Teacher Preparation

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

    • Set-up
      • In class activity? When are students setting up blogs?
        • Student "experts" to help other students
        • It's helpful if the teacher has gone through the process (Hint, hint!)
    • Management
      • How are you going to monitor and grade the blogs?
      • Grading - To grade or not to grade? What gets graded?
        • Deadlines
        • Quality
        • Rubrics
        • Content vs Structure

Lesson Implementation

Blogging projects are great, but it's important to set up the project with clear instructions so students understand the expectations.

    1. Introduce the assignment
      1. Discuss the purpose of blogging
      2. Review assignment requirements
    2. Show examples! Examples of good blogs, posts, and comments are really helpful
    3. Set up blogs
    4. Start blogging
    5. Ask for feedback - When the project is done, ask students what went well and what could be changed for next time

Activities and Student Examples

Classroom Blogs

Teacher Blog instead of a website

Student Blogs

20% Time - Ongoing Project Reflection

21st Century Lit Circles

Examples


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:

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:

Screenshot of an exemplar blog interaction

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!