Class Blogs are great! They can have real ‘class’! A class blog is created by a teacher and is often used as a platform for sharing class activities, writings, thoughts, reflections etc Here are 10 things you should know about them!
Please note: this post is in response to the first challenge in the 30 Day Blogging with Students
- They are the best starting point for blogging with students.
- Class blogs allow the teachers and students to learn together – how posts work, how comments work, how digital citizenship works, netiquette, appropriate digital footprints etc
- As the teacher can have full control, any difficulties and issues that might arise can be quickly dealt with.
- Students can gain their apprenticeship in blogging with a class blog, before getting a license to start their own blog.
- Once the teacher is ready for students to add posts directly they can be added in as editors or another type of user.
- Teachable moments will arise, including blog titles, post content, commenting, adding appropriate comments, behaviour online, cyber safety, plaguarism etc.
- Class blogs a are a great platform for connection with parents, staff and the general community
- Pages on class blogs can feature many resources eg pages on cybersafety page, parent information page, timetable, homework etcA platform to ‘house’ links to most commonly used resources on a blog roll will allow quick access to online sites.
- Develops into a ‘brag bag’ or digital portfolio of a class’s year .
- Can become immersed in the classroom as a near complete learning management system, complete with lesson instructions, tutorials, resources, podcasts, reflections, feedback etc. It is available 24/7/365 for revision, lesson planning and more.
Do you have a class blog? What would you say is important to note about a class blog?