You all did a great job setting up your blog accounts and learning how to comment on my blog posts! That’s terrific! I know that, for some of you, it was no big deal; but, for many of us, just trying to figure out where to go to register for an account and clicking through the steps can be frustrating. I will always *try* to remember to post screenshots and/or directions but, if I forget, please just ask!!
Ok, so now that we’re all set up with our blog accounts, what exactly is a blog, anyway? Here is a very short (less than 3 minutes) video that explains Blogs in Plain English.
Now that you understand what a blog is, let’s take a look at some classroom examples of blogs:
- Science Fix – Resources for Middle School science teachers
- Mrs. Cassidy’s Classroom Blog – 1st grade class in Canada
- A Year of Reading – Two Teachers who Read. A Lot.
These are just three examples of how you can use blogs. If you looked at A Year of Reading, did you noticed about mid-way down on the right-hand side of the page the authors include links to other blogs that they like? There are over 100 links to blogs that are all related, in some way, to reading – teacher/librarian blogs, kidlit blogs, author-illustrator blogs, etc. Wow! If you have time, click on a few of the links that sound interesting and look around. You never know when you will find a goldmine!
Here is a 2 minute video that shows Ten Ways to Use Your Edublog to Teach (but you can use any blog!).
So, we’ve set up our WordPress accounts and talked about what blogs are; we’ve looked at some examples, and we’ve seen ten ways that blogs can be incorporated into the classroom. Now, let’s practice! Using the WordPress blog that you set up when you created your account, write a sample blog post. It might be about something you think your students would like to discuss in class, or about a book you’re reading, or about anything else that you want to write about!
To create a new post, you have two options: one, you can go to the top left of your screen where you see the name of your blog and click on the name of the blog, then click on New, and then click on Post. This will take you to a page where you can enter a title for your blog post and then start writing. Make sure when you are finished, you click on the Publish button to the right of the main text box!
Your second option for creating a new post is to simply click on the button at the top right of your screen that says New Post. Doing so will open up a pop-out window that provides the same options for enter a title and main text. When you are finished typing, click the Publish Post button at the bottom.
That’s blogging in a nutshell! Thoughts, questions, comments? Can you think of ways that you might use blogs either with your students or professionally – as a teacher or as a learner? Also, if any of you have experience blogging, please share your experiences/advice!