#bloggingisbrill – Please contribute!

 

On Friday morning I will be running a workshop for local primary and secondary teachers about blogging in the classroom.  It is my plan to have a Visibletweets feed running on the screen as they arrive, with comments from teachers who blog with their classes.  I would be really grateful if people could use the #bloggingisbrill hashtag and tweet their responses to these questions:

Why blog with children?

What do children get from blogging?

What’s in it for the teachers?

Any other words of wisdom or praise would be very welcome.  Thank you very much, and please spread the word about the hashtag so that I can get as many teachers in my area blogging as possible!

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5 Replies to “#bloggingisbrill – Please contribute!”

  1. Blogging gives students an authentic audience for their writing. Authentic in that students are no longer writing only for their teacher. Platforms like #comments4kids allow for a variety of commenters of various ages from around the world that want to support young writers.
    I believe in giving students a voice and an audience they are more apt to write because they see that what they are saying is valued.
    Some teachers express that teaching writing is difficult for them. Some use story starters and focus solely on grammar. Students shut down because it seems as if no one is interested in what interests them. Blogging is a win for everyone.

  2. As a teacher retired from permanent teaching, I no longer have a class of my own yet I’ve found blogging to be a great asset. One of my four blogs was set up specifically to help now two classes studying volcanoes. I supplied the classes with some samples and have been posting information I’ve gathered over time.

    That blog is at http://rossmannell.posterous.com/

    Apart from giving me the ability to contribute to classes on the others side of the world, I decided to visit class and school blogs in order to leave positive comments for children. A number of times I’ve been told children were excited to receive comments from someone often so very far away.

    Then there’s the existence of quadblogging where four classes around the world are matched by age and have the opportunity to learn and share with others. Having been following the progress of some quads, the responses of the children have been overwhelming positive.

    http://quadblogging.net/

    Experiences gained from blogging can be very exciting for all involved. Some teachers tweet links to their Twitter friends to encourage comments for children. This is how I often become aware and visit blogs to comment.

    Worried about security? Like any on line experience, children must be aware of he need not to share private information. It’s very common only to see a first name on a child’s post, although some use initials and one I’ve seen uses a first name with the teacher’s last name. As far as comments are concerned, blogs can be set up to allow the teacher to moderate comments before they appear on a blog. This prevents spam and any inappropriate comments.

    Visit some blogs and see what’s going on in them. You’ll discover they can be a source of great learning.

    Ross Mannell (teacher)
    NSW, Australia

  3. Please check out lesson plan for Blogging, very comprehensive. Please attribute to Kelly Burnett at Flagstaff Academy Charter in Longmont, CO if you use.

    https://docs.google.com/a/flagstaffacademy.org/document/d/1WQzYWlvLnqnFfsv-QNcpo0rH5LucI-idU0UO4J7u-T0/edit

  4. Checkouf my blog page just started all done by the pupils hhsblogs.co.uk/drichards can you image the delight to see the hits and. From where in the world etc and comments

  5. Blogging gives the children all that we as teachers try to strive for. It provide the three key elements of writing

    • Purpose
    • Viewpoint
    • Audience

    I find that it also allows the one that don’t like to speak much in open discussion a voice.

    Hope this helps

    Keep blogging

    Mr Overton (Leicester)

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