I am so amazed at how well my students are doing with their blogging project. All students were on task today and wrote their first blog post. Here was the activity:
Share and describe one thing you are passionate about. This may be something from school (reading, writing, math) or a hobby/activity from home. Please write a minimum of 4 sentences.
Here is a sample post:
After the students wrote their post, they had a chance to respond to their peers. Some need a little more guidance in this area, but that was expected. Later on we will be looking at good comment responses versus bad comment responses. It will be interesting to see where we will go from here. I am going to try and let the students guide me a little for topic suggestions. I can’t forget to write out a website address for home access, as many have already started to ask for this. It will be hard to decide what the goal of this activity will become. If I want to improve communication in writing, I will leave topic choice open, if I want to connect to learning, I will keep the posts more educational oriented. Of course, I am leaning towards the latter, and I am hoping the students will agree!
I must admit, I was quite excited, yet nervous to try out my blogging project with my students. I wasn’t sure how they would react, whether I gave enough or too few details. If they thought this was just another writing project. I also had to discuss internet safety and guidelines as those are just as important as blogging itself.
To my surprise, they were very interested in the project. I started with an Internet safety video and we discussed who can access/post items online and how to act in a safe manner. We then looked at some sample blog posts. I must admit, my samples were okay, but the quality could have been much better. So if you have some great samples (even perhaps your own, send on the links). I then went over our blogging guidelines and expectations and then showed them our site I set up. By the end of the demo, I had many questions such as….What will we be writing about? Can we post on each other’s blogs? How can I access this at home? How do I access this at school? Can we add pictures of projects? Who is Ryan? (Our sample student for blog posts)…..
As you can tell they were quite excited! I look forward to receiving their input and working on blogging projects this year. I’ll keep you updated with the results. So far, it’s a go!!!
(Site being used is kidblog.org)