Every educator wants their students to be engaged in the content that their learning and then produce quality work. One big problem with this is that eventually, by 2nd or 3rd grade, students realize that the work they produce is only for the teacher’s eyes. Students will only care so much about the work they produce when it is going in the trashcan at the end of the day!
But what if their work was being seen by many…potentially the whole internet? What if they were able to discuss their work, have it critiqued and then make it better? Would they care then?
Two things to consider before taking one step further:
1. Every student, everywhere, needs to be taught Digital Citizenship. A new resource for this is Google for Education’s, “Be Internet Awesome” free curriculum and game.
2. Trust. Admin. need to trust their teachers and teachers need to trust their students.
In the article, Why should students Blog, educator Blair Smith realized a significant difference when student blogs were accessible to their peers in other parts of the world.
The best resource for teachers and students for blogging is Edublogs. It is free to teachers. Other features include:
Student & Class Management
- Write Posts & Create Pages
- Customize Look
- 250+ Premium Themes
- Full Privacy Options
- Files & Media
- Ad Free & Student Safe
- Mobile Friendly
- 24/7 Support
- powered by WordPress
- How to Setup Your Teacher Blog for Your Classroom or Your Personal Blog or Blogging to Build Your PLN
- Help for Students to Setup their Own Blogs
- And Web-Based Tools for Educators
- How to Create Student Accounts with One Email Address
- Connect to Other Classes or Use Skype in the Classroom: Collaboration
Article: HOW TO BRING YOUR CLASS BLOG TO LIFE
Another option for classroom teachers, if they don’t want to create a blog just yet, is to partner with a website/organization called PenPal Schools. Watch the video to see how it works.
The free service is limited in projects that you can sign-up for.