What is a blog?
Step 1: Make a plan
Before you start writing, you'll want to do some planning. The most successful blogs have:
- great titles
- regular updates
- thematic content
- lots of visuals
You'll want to focus on a particular topic or theme as you write. Consider these questions as you choose your blog topic...
You also need to decide: is this a personal blog? or will you share it with your students (and their families)? This can help you determine your topic as well.
This Edublogs Teacher Challenge site provides a step-by-step guide to creating and maintaining a blog to serve a variety of purposes. It's worth a look!
Step 2: Pick a Platform
A "blogging platform" is just the site you'll be using to share your writing. There are dozens of sites that cater to new bloggers, but here are a handful that specifically target educators:
Depending on your goals, you might find you prefer one blog platform over another.
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD is a Google Apps for Education district, so all students and teachers have access to the Blogger platform through that tool. This eliminates the need to create student accounts.
Wordpress and Blogger are both used by professional bloggers and are widely respected platforms with a lot of customization potential. They are not, however, specifically designed to be used by students.
Kidblog and Edublogs are both "middle-ground" platforms -- safe for student use, but robust enough for teacher use as well, with several built-in classroom features specifically for an educational audience.
Step 3: Start Writing!
When you blog, you want to put your best foot forward, as the whole world can see your work. Here are some quick tips for writing:
Typically, people enjoy reading brief blog posts (2-3 paragraphs) that include humor, interactive links, video or audio, and images. Canva is a great place to create your own visual elements for your blog (it's easy and free!). The images in this guide were created in Canva!
When blogging, it's important to remember to adhere to digital privacy guidelines regarding student information and photographs.
Click the button below to review those guidelines!
Below, @sylviaduckworth has created several infographics that may help guide you on your blogging adventure! Take a moment to flip through these images.
Step 4: Connect with Others
Share your blog with others to begin to experience your global audience!
- Provide a link to your blog on social media
- Include your blog link in your email signature
- Mention blog to colleagues, students, parents, administrators
- Comment on other educators blogs and refer to your own
Self-promotion on the internet is perfectly normal! However, as you share your blog with the world, take time to explore the blogs the world has shared with you. Some great teacher blogs to check out include:
Share your feedback...
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