As you hopefully know by now, the PA Core Standards for Writing (ELA, Social Studies, and Science) include the publication of student writing using the Internet, starting in Grade 4. Blogging is one way to encourage and publish authentic student writing. Blogging also allows us to receive feedback from others around the world who share our interests. Yes, comments can be moderated before they are posted to weed out spam and inappropriate content. Blogs can be kept private. And students must be taught how to comment effectively and appropriately as part of their digital citizenship training.
The KHS language arts teachers have requested training on Blogger, a free blogging platform that is part of our Google Apps for Education accounts. (I use Blogger for Keystone Tech Talk.) I will make that happen! Please let me know if you are also interested in learning more about blogging with students.
I'm wondering . . . would it work if students create one blog and publish to it in multiple classes over time instead of keeping track of several different blogs? Would a blog show a student's writing growth over the years?
Take a look at the following links to learn how and why schools are using blogs to publish student writing.
Blogging in the 21st Century Classroom
A high school English teacher writes about her experience with assigning her students to blog.
Why Do You Blog? A Student's Perspective
"Teens turn to the Internet for validation." ". . . blogging is a practice that expands learning way beyond the walls of the classroom."
BYOD and the Paperless Classroom
Learn how teachers and students in a high school with a BYOD program use technology to teach and learn--and use very little paper in the process. Don't miss the links to the student blogs at the bottom of the post. Unfortunately, I think Tumblr is blocked, but you should be able to access the Wordpress and Blogspot links at school.
Ms. Cassidy's Classroom Blog
Take a look at Ms. Cassidy's first grade students' blogs. They are linked on the right of her classroom blog.
For links to additional primary and elementary blogs, check your Google Drive (Shared with me > Tech Training > Writing with Technology) or click on the links below.
Primary classroom blogs
Elementary classroom blogs