With the inception of “No Child left behind act”, all educators requires the teaching literacy across the curriculum. Getting kids to write, especially the weaker ones, can be a challenge in itself. Many people who have heard about the term “Blogging” fails to understand what exactly a “Blog” is. So what exactly a “Blog” is? A blog is a shortened version of “weblog”. It is an online diary or a journal that is present online. The content of a blog basically consists of a text, image, video, GIFs and even scans of the old physical offline diaries and other hard copy documents.
How can teachers and students use Blogs?
- Teachers can use blogs to publish the content they wanted to teach children, they can use it to publish the assignments, and keep students as well as parents to get in touch with the events happening in class.
- Teachers can also use blogs to help students to master content and help them to improve their writing skills.
- Students can publish their writings and educate others on a particular topic.
- Students can also choose blogging as their career options.
Top Blogging Platforms for Teachers
Your first step in creating a blog is to choose a platform. A platform is where you build and publish your content. There are many secure sites where you can do this freely. Some of them are as follows:
- Edublog.com- It is one of the most popular sites for educational purposes. It lets you create and manage teacher and student website. You can customize your own design and even add photos, videos, or podcasts.
- Kidblog.com- It is a safe and secure publishing platform designed for kindergarten to 12th-grade students. It is free for up to fifty students per class. Some of the features of kid blog are no advertising, no personal information needed of any student, privacy, password-protected, and simple to use so that students spend more time in publishing.
- WordPress.org- It is a free blogging site and a good choice if your blogs are public. Although, it is not as simple as other websites because it has numerous plug-ins that allow you to do everything you want to do with your blog.
What are the Tips to use Blogs in a Classroom?
Once you’ve chosen your platform to blog and when your training material is ready, now it’s the time to blog. But first, here are some tips for blogging in today’s classrooms.
- Guidelines and Expectations- Before starting your blogging guidelines and expectations check with your school for a written guideline. From here you can develop your clear goals, guidelines, and expectations for you and your students. For example, your school may or may not allow the photos of your students on their blog posts or they require written permissions from parents to let their children perform in writing blogs.
- Integrate classroom curriculum- Blogging is used across the curriculum. From maths and science to history and health blogging is a great way to make students learn about new things.
- English is for everyone- Blogging is not just about a piece of subject knowledge, it also requires good writing skills.
- Be Realistic- Building a blog takes time so set your sights accordingly. For example, start with a class blog focusing on one topic where students can also contribute to your supervision. Choose something that kids are passionate about or want to raise awareness about.
- Read Other people’s blogs- Take the time to read other classroom and students blogs. This will give you and your students existing examples of the finished products and gives you new ideas when creating your own blogs.
- Be Consistent- Blogging is all about commitment. The idea is to keep building and expanding. In the beginning, set your goals to post a blog after every two weeks, and then gradually increase the submission, as the students get more comfortable with blogging.
- Plagiarism- Explain to the students that plagiarism will not be tolerated in any organization. Students contributions of posts must be their own work.
- Dive into Social Media- If any of the blogs related to your classroom are public, then you should’ve to get more readers by connecting your blogs to social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.
As the traditional classrooms are changing worldwide and current and future careers are depending on strong computer skills, blogging helps your student to develop necessary skills. Consider the world of blogging as a creative and a fun way to cover other learning standards at the same time.