Blogging in the Digital Age Classroom
How to create a blog site and blog post with tips on how to use blogging in your classroom!
How To Create A Blog Site
To register with Wordpress.Com:
1. Press Get Started button located on left side of home page at Wordpress.Com.
2. Enter valid email address. This will be your email associated with your blog for notifications and will be needed for activation.
3. Choose unique user name and password for login purposes.
4. Choose blog address. This will be the unique name assigned to your blog or your students blog so that people are able to find your blog.
5. Press Create Blog button, located under the free column.
6. Check email for activation email sent by Wordpress.com. Click link provided to activate blog and be redirected to set up blog.
7. Choose Blog Title (Headliner) and Tagline (optional).
8. Choose your language preference. Great thing about blogs is that they can be used in any language and are not limited to just English speakers.
9. Choose a Theme. There are many free themes to choose from that are both unique and simple.
10. Customize theme by editing colors, background image, and edit Blog Title or Tagline. To do further customization, you will need to upgrade to the Premium Level.
11. Create first blog post.
How To Create A Blog Post
1. On Wordpress.Com, click the New Post button located on the right side of the toolbar after logging in.
2. Select which blog (if you have multiple) that you would like the post to publish on.
3. Select which type of content you will be sharing out of text, photo, video, quote or link.
4. Add content to blog post.
5. When you are finished, hit Publish Post.
The link below will take you to a video published by Wordpress on how to publish a post, if you need further help or instruction:
Ways to Use Blogging in your Classroom
- Create a blog to communicate class and school information with parents. Post field trip information, forms, calendars, general classroom guidelines, handouts and more.
- Create a blog with daily lessons listed for students who are sick or absent. You could even have a student classroom worker job as "scribe" who can help post these lessons onto the blog.
- Use a blog to digitally showcase students work throughout the year. Use a digital camera or scanner to capture images of artwork and classwork.
- Use your blog to link supplemental videos, podcasts and websites to encourage extended learning of thematic units studied in class.
- Have students create a blog where they can create their own writings. Include any artwork that is incorporated with the story.
- Create a science blog where students list hypotheses before each experiment. When the experiment is finished, the actual results can be posted and compared to the initial hypotheses.
- Create a multicultural blog where students can share stories about their favorite holiday, or a blog about special traditions in their family.
- Create a blog which lists creative writing prompts or striking visual images that the students can write about in their blog. This can even evolve to having students write writing prompts for other students to create their own work off of.
- Have students create a blog for reviewing literature. Students can write book reviews, pose questions about books they have read or recommend books to other students.
- Create a blog about a class field trip where students can post about the most memorable moments and what they learned on the field trip.
- Create a history journal blog that follows a timeline for a certain point in history. One of my favorite examples is following the route of Texas Independence.
- Create a blog where students respond to political cartoons therefore encouraging the students to correlate the meaning to current events at the time or present.
- Create a blog for students to showcase poetry or short stories.
- Create a blog for students to discuss math concepts, showing examples and solutions to math problems that are being studied.
- Create a photo blog of everyday items that are geometric in shape.
- Create a blog about a social topic for students to write about to bring awareness.
- Create a blog to host online study guides for upcoming tests or exams.
- Have students create reflection blog to post in after each unit. This will help you as a teacher know what the students are enjoying most and where they are struggling.
-Have students create a blog to post chapter summaries after a reading assignment.
- Have students create a blog to post about current events locally, in the state, in the country and around the world.
There are countless ways that you can use blogs in the classroom! These are just some of our suggestions to get you started, but please don't let this list be the end of your blogging journey, get started on your classroom blogging today! :)
Examples of Blogs in Education
- Professional Blog: http://msrachelsroom.blogspot.com/
- Unit Blog: http://aggiemissguerra.wordpress.com/
- Student Blog: http://classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=5655
- Class Blog: http://mswift.edublogs.org/
Blogging Websites and Resources
Our top choices to use for student blogs in your class:
- Kidblog.org (Free to use; gives teacher complete control over all student blogs)
- Edublogs.org (Cost $40/yr; ran by Wordpress for Education)
- Wordpress.com (Free to use; no teacher control, but easy to set up and maintain)
Looking for a book to give you more information about blogging in the classroom?
Try out ISTE's Making Connections with Blogging!
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