This post is written for the Prospector University Online Class, Edublogs Teacher Challenge.
This post is written for our AJUSD staff. Please refer to the Edublogs Teacher Challenge for expanded explanations, discussions, and details.
What is a blog?
Some reasons and benefits of educational blogging are:
- Sharing learning with others, including parents/guardians and families.
- Writing for an authentic audience.
- Motivation that occurs when others respond to the post and comments.
- It addresses Common Core Writing Standard #6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others. Note, the Kindergarten Common Core Writing Standard #6 states, “With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.” — Blogging is a fabulous way to address this standard.
Examples of Class Blogs
This list was adapted from Sue Waters’ list to include some AJUSD blogs as examples. When there wasn’t an example at that grade level, I used the one she suggested.
- Kindergarten Duckling – Kindergarten
- Miss Mewhorter’s Class– Grade 1
- Mrs. Miller’s Class – Grade 2
- Fraher’s Class and Friends – Grade 3
- Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom – Grade 3
- Mrs. Moore’s Class – Grade 3
- Mrs. Goucher’s Class – Grade 4
- 4KM and 4KJ @ Leopold Primary School – Grade 4
- Mrs. Hamman’s Class – Grade 5
- Mr. Avery’s Classroom Blog – Grade 6 (More math geared)
- Mr. Miller’s Classroom Blog – Grade 6 (More Social Studies geared)
- Year 6RC — Grade 6 class in Australia
- Huzzah – Grade 6/7
- Mr. C’s Class Blog — William Chamberlain’s Classroom Blog for 6th-8th grades
- SCC English — This is a college class blog for English, ages 11-18 years old
- Head Outta the Book — High School English Class
- American Studies — High School American Studies
- Biology in Action — High School Biology Blog
- The Edublogger class blog list — includes Math, Science, English, History, Library, School news blogs and more!
- Search the Edublogs Directory for more — includes individual student blogs, class blogs, professional blogs, and campus blogs
- Scott McLeod’s list of many, many more educational blogs by types and disciplines
Sign Up for Your Class Blog
Go to blogs.goaj.org to create your own blog.
Logging into your blog
Customize Your Username
Your username is the same as the district’s username. This cannot be changed. However, you can change your display name. For example, my district username is twatanab, however, I could change my display name to Mrs. Watanabe.
It’s important to change your display name to something students and your audience will connect with, such as your name.
For our Prospector University Class, you’ll need to customize your name.
Customize Your Blog Theme
This is how you customize the look of your blog.
When choosing a theme, look for one that is “mobile ready”. That means readers can easily read the blog on any device. Edublogs’ list of these themes is here: Responsive and Mobile Ready Themes.
- Changing your site title and tagline
- Changing your header text and background color
- Uploading your own custom image header or using a default header
- Uploading your own background
For our Prospector University Class, you’ll need to customize your blog.
Setting Up Pages
This section is about setting up pages, and the pages you should have.
- Why you need an About page
- Examples of Class blog ‘About’ pages
- Create your About page
- Why have blogging rules and guidelines
- Examples of Class blog ‘Blogging Guidelines’
- Create your Blogging Guidelines page
- Setting up the links to your pages
For our Prospector University Class, you’ll need to have an About page. A Blogging Guidelines page is optional.
Writing Your First Post
See this link for examples and step-by-step instructions: Writing your first posts – What you need to know
For our Prospector University Class, you or one of your students will need to write your first post.
These activities are not required for our Prospector University class, but give you some ideas for next steps to try.
- Activity 4: Writing comments – What you need to know
- Activity 5: Working with Widgets – What you need to know
- Activity 6: Helping parents and students connect with your class blog
- Activity 7: Fair use, copyright, and intro to using images
- Activity 8: Cool tools for enhancing your blog posts
- Activity 9: Connecting with other classes
If you are reading this post as part of your Prospector University Class, please comment below by answering some of the target questions, and share your link with us so we can visit you.