Oct 17

50 Ideas For Student Blogging And Writing Online

By: Ronnie Burt

blog4“Are you looking for prompts or ideas for blog posts?You are in luck! This post aims to get your creative juices flowing by providing you with a solid place to start.As you think about writing assignments for your students, try to vary it up. Even better, give your students some choice in the type of posts they write. The end goal is an authentic and engaging learning opportunity for all.Let’s dive right in!

Types Of Blog Posts

Though you can certainly have overlap and combine multiple types into one, there are 9 main types of blog posts you commonly see on the web:

1. Reflection – deep thoughts and self-reflection. Putting it all out there can really help organize thoughts and ideas.

2. How-to/Helpful – the classic ‘How-to’ essay is way better when it includes pictures, videos, and other media.” To read further please click here: http://www.theedublogger.com/2015/10/15/50-ideas-for-student-blogging-and-writing-online/

Sep 28

How to Create a Brilliant Education Blog

screeenBy: digitalinformationworld.com

“Most teachers aren’t the most technically inclined people, but as the generations turn and the teachers of old are replaced by the teachers of new, the popularity of educating via the internet continues to soar. You see this everywhere via online university courses, online programs, online certificates, etc. It has never been easier to share information with anyone, anywhere in the world, thanks to the internet. So how do you wield this power to make a brilliant education blog?

Foundation

Foundation consists of choosing your niche, setting up your domain and web hosting, then picking a theme that you will use for your blog. Without a strong foundation, whatever tall, glorified building you’re trying to create per se, will crumble.” To read further please click here:

http://www.digitalinformationworld.com/2015/09/how-to-create-brilliant-education-blog.html

Sep 27

Top Ten Teacher Blogs

By:toptenteacher.co.uk

blog@TeacherToolkit

A huge site run by Ross Morrision McGill, when not occupied in his day job as a deputy head teacher in a school in a North London. You will find blog posts here every day or two, a selection of resources most aimed at school leaders but his 5 min lesson plan can be used by anyone wishing to reduce planning time. Buy one of his books or hire him for an event he must be the most promoted and popular teacher in the UK.

 

Creative, innovate, explore –teacher geek.

Rachel Jones , teacher and e-learning coordinator blogs from the frontline of teaching, trying new classroom methods and sharing her experiences online. If you’re looking for inspiration to spice up your lessons, this is the place to start. And there’s a fun meme section…and a book. Well worth investigating more.” To read further please click here:

http://toptenteacher.co.uk/top-ten-blogs/

Sep 10

A Look at Blogging in the Classroom as we Start a new School Year

By:Mike Wallegher

blog“In 2013, PBS.org reported that 74 percent of teachers agree that technology in the classroom helps motivate students to learn and allows teachers to reinforce learning concepts. Furthermore, 68 percent expressed an interest in having more technology in the classroom.So where have the last two years taken us? Classrooms are becoming more and more technology focused. Online class enrollment, for instance, increased by 4.68 percent from 2013 to 2014. Previous research projected that at least 25 million students would be taking an online course by 2015.With the rise of technology in the classroom, students are interacting with computers, tablets, and video chat software more than ever before, but there’s still one technology concept that is still working its way into the everyday classroom: Blogging. Read on to learn more about the state of blogging in the classroom in 2015.” To read further please click here:

http://www.emergingedtech.com/2015/09/the-state-of-blogging-in-the-classroom/

Apr 27

4 powerful ways to implement blogging in the classroom

By: Jennifer Carey

blogging picture“Blogging is a popular activity in classrooms today because it allows students to share their writing with a broader audience and teachers to communicate with parents. There are a myriad of platforms to choose from: edublogs, Kidblog(especially good for elementary age children), Blogger, wordpress, and most LMS systems have a blogging platform built in.

How to set up blogging in the classroom will depend on your platform, and is pretty easy to figure out with all of the “how-to” videos and help center collections. What teachers most often ask me is why they would set up a blog for their class. What value is there in a class blog?

Here are some great ideas and applications for class and/or individual student blogs that you can explore in your classroom.

BLOGS AS EPORTFOLIOS

Blogs can be set to private, public, and shared with specific individuals or groups. This makes them a great platform for students to build their own ePortfolio. They can curate their content first for teachers and parents before publishing it to a broader audience. As a blog allows for not only written content, but multimedia material (images, videos, interactives, etc), it makes it possible for students to create a robust online presence. Kristen Wideen uses Kiblog for her elementary students to create digital portfolios; you can read more about her experience here.” To read further please click here:http://dailygenius.com/blogging-in-the-classroom/

Apr 11

Some Very Good Tools to Help You Create A Website or Blog for Your Class

By: Med Kharbach

blogging picture“When it comes to creating a classroom website or blog, the first thing you would  have to consider  is the technical features supported by the hosting platform. Are they student-friendly? Are they simple enough so those with no advanced technological skill can operate  them? is the platform web-based or does it require software installation? Does it allow the integration of multimedia materials such videos, audio files, pictures…etc? Does it provide any interactive features so visitors can interact with published content? How about privacy settings, does it allow for controlled access? These and several other questions are what you need to keep in mind when selecting a hosting platform for your classroom website.
Below are some very good suggestions we would recommend that you start with. Our favourite in the selection is Google Sites.” To read further please click here:

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2015/04/website-creation-tools-for-teachers.html

Jan 31

Student Blogging: Not Just Kids’ Play

By: Carmela Maraan

blog11“Young students today are intuitively adapted to technology, and many educational systems have long integrated the use of the Internet in their curriculum. Some of the online references that students use for research are blogs, which may also spark an interest in budding creative writers and journalists in the classroom.

For safety reasons, it’s more advisable to introduce blogging to students in their early teens. Although many children ages 12 and below are already attuned to the use of the Internet and social media, and there are several notable child bloggers as well, they’re exposed to more risks that come with online socialization. At least with teens, they’re more developed at navigating current linguistic and cultural trends of their peers, yet can still be monitored closely by their parents, teachers, and guardians.How can blogging benefit students?” To read further please click here:

Jan 19

Great Resources On How to Use Blogs in Your Classroom

By: Med Kharbach

blogg5“A 21st century classroom is a classroom that is multimodally structured in such a way that students, teachers and parents are engaged in synchronous and asynchronous communicational pathways throughout the school year and beyond. Such a classroom is not restricted by geographical and temporal bounds. It is open and accessible to students and parents 24/7 because part of it is based on the cloud. The virtual classroom I am talking about here is definitely not an alternative to physical, brick and mortar classroom (though in some cases such as in MOOCs and online open courseware it is) but rather and extension of the learning that takes place in the real classroom.

There are several web tools and mobile apps that allow teachers to easily set up and run a classroom blog, wiki, or website.” To read further please click here:  http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2015/01/great-resources-on-how-to-use-blogs-in.html

Jan 17

52 Education Blogs You Should Follow

By: TeachThought Staff

blogging picture“If you are a teacher, student, parent, or administrator, you should be following education blogs. Why? Simply because blogs are an ever-increasing way to spark ideas, creativity, and innovation. The following list is a compilation of blogs for those interested in education.

Written by parents, administrators, businessmen, teachers, and administrators, these blogs stand out with their unique style and excellent content.

Take a look at the 51 options below. And if you count the blog you’re on, that makes 52.” To read further please click here: http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/52-education-blogs-you-should-follow/?_escaped_fragment_=doKWqk

Jan 01

Set of active blogs for computer science and technology students

By:Shane Lee

blog11“A skilled education in computing science and programming technology may open the door of opportunities for students who have profound command over the programming and coding. The educational institute and university are places where students could get the knowledge of basic terminology of computer science, but the field itself is rapidly changing day by day. Every day we could find something new in this field and to stay with ever changing and drastically growing technological society students need to be up to date with things happening in the world of technology. There is some advance blogs are there who serve the latest knowledge that many books may not provide, acquiring such a knowledge students learn to think out of the box. Here is a list of five active blogs that every student as well as professional should need to be considered in their daily routine.

Gizmodo
If you are technology lover and like to be updated with the new stuff happening around the world in the field of technology and computer science that you would definitely like this blog. Here you would get all the news and latest in-depth articles ranging from new gadgets, software and new design trend in web sites written by some of well known professionals in the globe.” To read further please click here:

 

Nov 14

19 Ways to use blogs with students

By: Ariana Witt

blog4“Ever want to try out blogging with your students, but you weren’t sure how? Well it’s never too early to start. Currently my students are using Blogger (for the ease of its connection with Google) and the kids have taken to it much better than I would have thought. Last year, I tried it out with my advisory, a test case if you will. Just one class, specifically chronicling their senior year of high school and write through their transitions. It was a successful and so this year, I wanted to push a little farther.

Here are some suggestions for all ages and content areas.

  • For teaching digital citizenship: in this age, students need to be taught how to be appropriate digital citizens. The blog is one way to help students navigate this landscape. Seeing how others use blogs by reading them and commenting on them, provides students opportunities to practice these essential skills. Blogging in tandem with social media, offers students valuable time to experience and develop their digital footprint.”

To read further please click here:  http://all4ed.org/19-ways-to-use-blogs-with-students-futureready/

Nov 07

Ideas for Student Blogging

By:  Ben Rimes

blog7“I’m sitting in a session at the MI Google Summit¹ and I’m listening to Jessica Winstanley melt my heart with adorable images of elementary students working through the mechanics of blogging with markers, sticky notes and reflective thought. Her session was focused on getting students (and teachers) to start blogging, and provided a host of reason why you might want to start blogging in the classroom. It instantly took me back to my post a few weeks ago about how educators should approach the blogging process; give me the “why” first, and then figure out the mechanics of “how”.

Jessica did a wonderful job, barely touching upon the tools for blogging, and instead focused on the why. So I thought I’d share her compelling examples for why you should get your students blogging, a full baker’s dozen! Alright, so there are 14 ideas here, but 13 made for a better title, poetically speaking :)

Jessica Winstanley’s Ideas for Student Blogging

  • Share class news with parents.
  • Provide a list of homework or useful links.
  • Link to online photo albums to share pictures with the classroom community.
  • Discussion forum with parents/students on material discussed in class.
  • Use as a medium for students to share their writing.”

To read further please click here:  http://www.techsavvyed.net/archives/3663

Oct 14

19 Ways to use blogs with students

By: Starr Sackstein

blog11“Ever want to try out blogging with your students, but you weren’t sure how?

Well it’s never too early to start. Currently mystudents are using Blogger (for the ease of its connection with Google) and the kids have taken to it much better than I would have thought.

Last year, I tried it out with my advisory, a test case if you will. Just one class, specifically chronicling their senior year of high school and write through their transitions.

It was a successful and so this year, I wanted to push a little farther.

Here are some suggestions for all ages and content areas.

  • For teaching digital citizenship: in this age, students need to be taught how to be appropriate digital citizens. The blog is one way to help students navigate this landscape. Seeing how others use blogs by reading them and commenting on them, provides students opportunities to practice these essential skills. Blogging in tandem with social media, offers students valuable time to experience and develop their digital footprint.

To read further please click here:  http://starrsackstein.com/category/ways-to-use-blogs-with-students/

Oct 08

Teaching Writing With Technology? Blogging, Blogging, Blogging

By:Tracy Collins

Blog-image“Helping students to cultivate the skills needed for writing is often about cultivating a love of writing.

It’s true that not every student has a budding author in them, but each of them does have a need to be able to express themselves clearly, concisely and intelligently. Whether they want to go on to write the Great American Novel or simply present business ideas to colleagues, writing skills are essential. The best way to help them develop those skills is to make writing personal and give them a vested interest in communication.

Blogs have become one of the most popular website formats in recent years. Websites like Blogger, WordPress and Weebly have become the essential ways for people of different walks of life to broadcast their personal stories, challenges and insights. This has created both a new generation of budding writers as well as a generation with a keen interest in the stories of others.” To read further please click here: http://www.teachthought.com/technology/teaching-writing-technology-blogging-continues-make-sense/

Sep 28

How To Create A Paperless Classroom With Your Blog

By:Tiziana Saponaro

paperless3Classroom ManagementMy blog saponar.blogspot.com is an online hub. It is mainly an information portal that I use to provide content (flipped classroom style). This is where I post educational resources such as multimedia, online quizzes, assignments, and directions for completing educational tasks. I also use my blog to showcase student work, by posting photos and videos of students, so that parents get an idea of how their children are studying with me.

Organization of notes with DropboxDropbox is an amazing tool for teachers. It is completely free and it works with any operating system or electronic device. In addition, it allows me to avoid the enormous paper stack that used to pile on my desk. It is a really effective tool which I use to post and share lessons with my students, to send them large attachments, to create online-shared folders, and to store homework assignments, handouts and articles. At the same time, students can electronically drop-off their homework. ” To read further please click here:

Sep 17

Blogging as Writing Curriculum

By:Susan Lucille Davis

blog“What a thrill! After reading my last post onblogging with my 6th-graders at my former school, my new 7th-grade colleagues embraced blogging for our grade level. As a result I have blended my previous experience with teaching writing as blogging with our more traditional writing curriculum. My hope is that this draft curriculum can serve as a transition to more vibrant and engaging writing program for today’s students.” To read further please click here:  http://gettingsmart.com/2014/09/blogging-writing-curriculum/

Sep 17

Reading and Commenting on Student Posts Made Easy

By:Sue Waters

myclass“We’re often asked if there is an easy way for teachers and students to be able to quickly read posts and leave comments across a class of students’ blogs.And there is!

With our ‘My Class’ tool and the new Edublogs Reader, you and your students can do this all directly inside your own blog’s dashboard.

Let’s show you how simple it is on Edublogs and CampusPress networks.  To get started you’ll need to set up My Class and your student blogs.

Reading student posts

The Reader automatically feeds all published posts from all student blogs and the class blog into the dashboard of every user attached to My Class so that you and your students can easily read and comment on each others’ posts.Reading posts is as simple as:”  To read further please click here: http://www.theedublogger.com/2014/09/15/reading-and-commenting-on-student-posts-made-easy/

Aug 11

Giving Student Choice with Digital Portfolios

By:Kathy Cassidy

KATHY cassidy“My grade one students each have their own blogs that are digital portfolios of their progress from the first week of school until the last one. On those blogs, they post writing, images, video and other artifacts that show what they have been learning. I’ve written (there is an entire chapter in my book) and talked before about digital portfolios, why we use them and how I use them for assessment.

Recently, someone asked me about how I provide for choice in our portfolios. What a great question! Choice should an important part of digital portfolios, and I give my students as much choice as I can as soon as I can.

At the beginning of the school year, as we are learning what it means to show our learning and possible ways to do this, there are fewer choices for the students, but as the year progresses and they become more independent, I turn the choice over to them more and more often.

There are four kinds of posts on my students’ blogs:

We all post a similar artifact. Sometimes when we’ve done something together that I think belongs on their digital record, I do ask them to all post it to their blog. For example, we were recently working on the reading skill of visualizing. I wanted a sample of this to appear on their blogs. Since the students all had several images, and I wanted them to learn how to use the Pic Collage app that I had added to their iPads, I showed them how to use it and asked them to use it to post their images on their blogs.” To read further please click here :  

Aug 09

Blogging to Learn

By:Susan Oxnevad

Blog-image“As the start of the school year approaches, educators are all busy preparing for the best school year ever. As life-long learners, many of us will approach the new year with excitement and optimism after reflecting on our own teaching during our time away from the classroom. Those of us who sport a growth mindset typically start each school year with the intention of being better. We have collected new ideas, thoughtfully considered how to implement them and we are excited to make a difference in the lives and education of our students. I truly believe that all educators should consider blogging as a tool for learning and this seems like the perfect opportunity to once again try to encourage all educators to blog!

Why I Blog

Blogging about experiences makes me accountable for taking the time to thoughtfully reflect on teaching and pursue ways to kick the learning up a notch. I learn more from blogging than from any other professional activity I participate in. Quite simply, I blog to learn. “To read further please click here:  http://d97cooltools.blogspot.com/2014/08/blogging-to-learn.html



Aug 05

5 Ideas to Help You Blog

By:George Couros

blogging picture“Although blogging comes easy, putting your thoughts out there and writing isn’t so easy for others. I often get writer’s block and have trouble sharing my thoughts but I push through as a personal challenge to myself.  I try to average one post every three to four days.  For others, it is tough to start:

Here are some suggestions that have worked for me to help me to blog.

1. Read other blogs.  Seems like a common sense idea but it took me to really start reading other blogs before I felt comfortable to share my own voice.   It helped me to some examples of what was being shared and either build upon or challenge ideas.  A lot of people use things like Feedly to help aggregate blogs, but my two favourite “apps” for reading the work of others is Zite on my iPhone or iPad, any InoReader on my computer.” To read further please click here:  http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/4673

Aug 04

Communicating with parents in the digital world

By:Erin Dye

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????“Gone are the days when you only had access to parents via one-way monthly newsletters or twice-a-year parent teacher conferences. Thanks to technology you can easily keep in touch with your students’ parents all year-round.

Here are some tips to get your communicating with parents in the digital world:

Keep a Class Blog

Rather than sending home a monthly or weekly newsletter to parents that might never make it out of the bottom of your students’ backpacks, try starting a class blog. Set a schedule for posting and share that schedule with parents. Allow moderated comments on the posts to get parents involved with the classroom.” To read further please click here:

Jul 24

6th-Graders Have Their Say: Why Students Value Blogging

By:Susan Lucille Davis blog“Last year, I introduced blogging to my sixth-graders because I believe it is the most authentic way to teach our students how to  write. As I have shared in “10 Reasons Why I Want My Students to Blog,” I believe, in short,

  • Blogging provides an authentic way for students to write about their passions;
  • it invites students to practice civil discourse by giving and receiving feedback;
  • it recognizes that writing is a process that also invites students to experiment with different forms of communication
  • it encourages transparency;
  • and it provides a launching pad for connecting with the world in meaningful ways for positive change.

Using the platform Kidblog, my students wrote at least nine blog posts (some even chose to write more on their own initiative), five of them as specific writing assignments and four of them as “free posts.”” To read further please click here:

Jul 22

Learning to Blog and Blogging to Learn: One Teacher’s Adventure

By:Patricia Hewitt

blogs2“I love the discussions we have with each other in our blogs! I can talk to people online, in school, and when I am at home.

It is this observation from a Grade Five student of mine several years ago that captures much of the transformation possible for students and teachers when they venture into blogging and the connected digital world. Just as many deep conversations may begin with a simple and familiar greeting, the practice of blogging with students may also start with something similar to what is already known. Though, I have to state, at the outset, my sense of the journey my students and I were about to undertake as bloggers in the 21st century was not at all fully imagined so be prepared for a wonderful adventure!

As I introduced blogging to that first group of Grade Fives, I approached it as an offshoot of what was already established in my writing classroom.” To read further please click here:

Jul 17

Ideas for Integrating a Student Blog into Your Curriculum

By:Pernille Ripp

blog11“One thing I have loved about blogging and what it does for my students is how easily it has been to integrate it into our curriculum.  I knew when we started that I didn’t want an extra layer of “stuff to do” because we already have too much “stuff to do.”  So if I were to have my students blog, it had to be as authentic and as meaningful as possible, without it becoming another homework burden.  With that in mind, here are some beginning ideas for integrating blogging into your classroom.