Blogging with Kids
Before you start blogging with your class, I believe you should:
1) Inform parents: Here is the letter I used with my class this year. It is a word document. Feel free to use what you would like from the letter!
2) Have the students sign a contract with their parents
I find this a valuable way to inform parents and students of our expectations! The infractions are clearly outlined for students who are rude etc.
I tried to think of a way to create my own guide to Kidblog and then I can across this awesome guide to Kidblog. Therefore, I chose not to reinvent the wheel. Here is a great reference tool if you want to build and manage your own blog.
Kidblog.org - The Teacher's Guide
Even though Kidblog can be set to private settings, it is is still good to follow general safety rules. This helps enhance teaching proper web usage.
This is a great general safety guide to share with your parents and students. - Blogging Safety
Teaching about Weblogs
Before student try their first blog, I teach them the parts of a weblog. We do a live / interactive blog. I give them all three sticky notes, and then I set up each of the three chalkboards in my classroom with questions.
I then have them write a blog post on paper. I have them write about their weekend. Then we trade around and sticky the blogs.
Then I model some of the basic features of Kidblog. For example, how to post, spell check, comment, embed a video or a link. I just show them the basics. I also show them how to navigate through Kidblog.
We practice commenting as a class. For example I post what is your favourite colour and why!
Here is the hand out I give them about the Components of a Blog.
BLOGO - BINGO card for blogging
I rolled out December BLOGO today. My students were very excited. By the time I had arrived at home and checked the blog, 10 people had finished their first BLOGO square!
I saw on pinterest a writing BINGO idea and I thought, that it would be cool to create similar activities for the blog. So BLOGO was born!!
Here is the BLOGO card.
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