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Blogging Resources for Classroom Teachers

I've spent the better part of the past weekend working up a presentation on how to incorporate blogging into the classroom and thought y'all might find some of the resources that I plan to share helpful.

Blogging Ideas and Examples to Explore

Looking for examples of how blogging is being used by classroom teachers and/or suggestions about how to make classroom blogging  doable?  These resources will help.

Annotated List of Classroom Blogs to Explore - For many teachers, imagining the role that blogging can play in their instruction is difficult simply because they haven’t seen enough samples of what classroom blogs look like in action.  This annotated list of samples -- developed collaboratively by Bill Ferriter, William Chamberlain and Pernille Ripp -- might make a good starting point for teachers who are curious about just what a classroom blog could be.

Pernille Ripp's Classroom Blogging Resources - One of the most articulate advocates for classroom blogging is Pernille Ripp -- a fifth grade teacher in Madison, Wisconsin.  Her professional blog -- called Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension -- is full of practical ideas, suggestions, strategies and tips for making classroom blogging projects work.

If you're new to classroom blogging projects, you might dig this bit sharing six tips or this bit sharing fourteen steps for structuring successful blogging projects.

Comments4Kids Project - For teachers interested in making blogging a bigger part of their classroom practice, the Comments4Kids project -- and its Twitter Hashtag -- can be an invaluable source of inspiration. Visit the site to find a TON of sample blogs from across grade levels and curricular areas.  Just as importantly, visit to find blogs for your students to read and comment on as they learn more about the power of blogging.

Blogging in the Elementary Classroom - For elementary school teacher Linda Yollis, blogging was originally designed to be a way to give parents updates about what was happening in her second and third grade classroom.  She quickly realized, however, that blogging could be a powerful literacy experience for her primary grade students.

This bit -- written for the Smartblogs Education site -- describes the hows-and-whys behind blogging in the primary grades.  Most interesting are the suggestions about specific blogging activities and projects that Yollis runs on a regular basis.

Blogging in the High School Classroom - For high school English Teacher Nicholas Provenzano, giving students the chance to write creatively about any topic is simply a must in a world where kids are constantly told what to write and when to write it.  That's why he's changed his own approach to classroom blogging this year.

Instead of asking students to focus on pieces related to the curriculum, he's asking students to focus on a series of interesting visual prompts.  Learn more about Nick's strategy for creating writers through creative blogging posts in this piece.

 

Blogging Tools to Explore:

While there is no single blog service that is perfect for every teacher in every school, several are popular with educators.  Here are three worth considering:

Wordpress -- Wordpress is one of the most popular blogging services used both in and beyond schools.  It's got a ton of really clean themes and layouts which authors enjoy and appreciate.  It also gives students experience with a tool that is widely used beyond school for publishing.

Blogger -- Blogger is Google's blog service, which makes it another tool that is worth introducing to students who are likely to spend their lives working with Google's products.  While Blogger has many of the same features of both Posterous and Wordpress, the visual layout of Blogger blogs is not as polished or interesting as the other two services.

Kidblog -- Kidblog is a blog service that is specifically recommended by and for elementary school teachers.  One of the primary advantages of a service tailored for younger students is that you can find sample blogs worth exploring and the safety features are customized for individual age groups.  Here are some step -by - step directions for getting a Kid Blog off the ground.

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Related Radical Reads:

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Teaching Kids to Curate Content Collections

Tips for Leaving a Good Blog Comment

8 Comments

Anne Jolly commented on September 2, 2013 at 1:34pm:

"Must Have" List

This is really a "must have" list of blogging resources. I like the way you started with the Annoted List of Blogs to Explore to help teachers become familiar with blog possibilities. The only problem with reading this post is that I start checking out all of those great-sounding blogs and then get completely sidetracked! I can now tell you all about how the school day starts in Kumsai, Ghana.  lol.  

Thanks, again, for a useful post.  I look forward to sharing it.

Anne

Lyn Hilt commented on September 2, 2013 at 4:35pm:

thanks for sharing this!

Thanks for sharing these resources, Bill. Another go-to resource of mine for blogging is Silvia Tolisano (@langwitches). She's built an amazing collection of guides for teachers learning to blog for their students and for using blogging with students. 

Garry Marshall @HCPSMarshall commented on September 3, 2013 at 9:03pm:

THANK YOU!

I support technology integration in a middle school (6th - 8th). One of our school improvement goals is writing. I proposed more frequent blogging by students and had two teachers jump on board. You pointed me in exactly the right direction. http://langwitches.org/blog/ had the lessons done for me and will provide tons of reading for us as well as inspiration!

Bill Ferriter Bill Ferriter commented on September 8, 2013 at 9:19am:

You are right, Lyn -- Sylvia

You are right, Lyn -- Sylvia's resources are pretty darn remarkable too.  Sometimes I lose track of all the great content that is available out there for people to explore!

The beautiful part is that people are so willing to create and share, isn't it? 

Hope you're well, by the way!

Bill

Wendi Pillars commented on September 2, 2013 at 9:20pm:

You simply rock

This is one to bookmark, Bill! Such perfect timing--I've been planning on incorporating more kid blogging this year, and it's going to be slow go with some of my kiddos. But I plan to stick with it, and these are some fantastic resources to reference. Blogging is such an incredible thinking tool--can't wait to get started this year, and figure out how to make it work better than last year!! 

And like Anne said, it's super easy to get sidetracked checking out these links. But thanks so much for the compilation!

Wendi

 

Bill Ferriter Bill Ferriter commented on September 8, 2013 at 9:20am:

Glad it was helpful, Wendi! 

Glad it was helpful, Wendi! 

Always jazzed when something I write makes a difference for someone else. 

Rock right on,

Bill

Mike Wallagher commented on September 5, 2013 at 7:50am:

Hello Bill,

Hello Bill,

First of all, great job on creating this super useful list. In fact, I'm also teaching how to start a blog to my friends and colleagues. If a teacher comes by, I make sure that I'll show him/her your resources.

And oh, I recently made a blog comparison chart that may be useful to your readers. Feel free to have a look at it: http://startbloggingonline.com/blog-platform-comparison-chart/

Cheers,

Mike

SandraC commented on January 12, 2014 at 12:52am:

Very Useful!

Oh hi there, thank you so much for putting up this kind of resources for classroom teachers because these are beneficial and useful. Just to be different I want to take a look at those resources and see which one should be used.

 

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