Is this authentic writing at its best or what? Abby is documenting her summer both with words and pictures. Instead of using a journal to share with only her family and friends, she has chosen to share her writing with the world! And Abby is getting feedback from around the U.S. and the world. How great is that for a budding 7-year-old writer?
Abby is posting her blog using blogger.com, the same tool that I use. It's simple to add pictures and even video, and it's FREE!
- Teachers can post questions related to readings done by the class for students' responses. Students unwilling to speak up in class may feel more comfortable with written responses. And writing may become more meaningful when students write for an audience other than just the teacher.
- Elementary students can take turns contributing to a class blog (complete with student-generated digital pictures) outlining their activities for each school day (or week or month). Then parents can see for themselves what their children are learning, even when they hear the standard "nothin" when they ask their kids what they did in school!
- Math students can explain how to solve problems . . . and at the same time create a study guide for the class.
- Students can outline or summarize information covered in class, again creating a study guide for the rest of the class or for students in other schools.
- Students can post results of their research and share it online to benefit others.
These are just a few educational applications for blogging. I will of course help any of you set up a blog for your class(es). It's quick, and it's easy! And I have tips for teachers on monitoring postings and comments and keeping students' identities safe.
For more information:
Blogging Basics: Creating Student Journals on the Web
Log on to a Blog