Blogs

Begin by viewing this great explanatory video from the team at commoncraft:
Commoncraft Blog Video
Then click on each of the following links to find some further explanation and some neat examples of how they can be used in your classroom.
Examples of classroom blogs and how to.
Some more neat examples of how teachers use blogs.

Now go to www.blogspot.com and create your own blog on whatever topic you want just for practice. These instructions may help:
  1. Click on Create Your Blog Now.
  2. Create your Google account if you haven't already by filling in the form.
  3. Click Continue.
  4. Fill in the form with your blog title and blog address.
  5. Click Continue.
  6. Choose your design template.
  7. Click Start Posting.
  8. Give a title to your first post and then type in what you want to say.
  9. Click Publish Post.
At some point click on the Settings Tab and add a profile and photo. Look at other blogs, especially http://principalpossum.blogspot.com to give you great ideas of elements to add in the sidebar!


Here are some examples of how you could use a blog:
  • Post discussion questions or pose problems that students could respond to by making comments.
  • Post class notices, homework, coming events, test reminders on your blog and make sure students and their parents have the address so they can access and submit comments.
  • Publish student work for others to comment on. Send the link to particular people for comment, e.g. the actual author of a text that a student is interpreting etc, etc.
  • Students post their thoughts on the learning done in a lesson and invite feedback from others in the class. Have they come to the same understandings?