external image blog-cartoon.pngBlogs: Get your students writing and commenting on the net!


A classroom blog is an excellent way to get your students motivated to write! They can write their own posts, comment on friend's posts, and have a lot of fun in the process!
Here's an excellent example of a great blog from right here in Saskatchewan:
Mrs. Cassidy's Classroom Blog
Mr. Black's Classroom Blog

How to get started:

Go to www.kidblog.org and follow the video tutorials below.

Tutorials:
Creating your blog:
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Accessing your blog:
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What are Blogs anyways?
Blogs are an online journal where you can share stories, ideas, opinions, really anything you want. The blog is a means of personal expression that can be used in conjunction with a variety of school subjects, and can very well replace the creative writing journal, science journal, or equivalent. The best parts about blogs are that they can be seen by others, allowing for much more interaction between peers, parents, and other extended family. (Providing you choose to allow the blogs to be made public; by default they are private to classroom students and teacher)

What are the benefits of using Blogs?
Blogs allow students an opportunity to interact with word processing software at an early age,
- Sharing ideas and thoughts with an online community allows for others to comment and give feedback to young learners.
- Students learn internet etiquette. Learn that comments are a means of supporting one another, and not to be critical or mean.
- Students are motivated to write in their blogs on a regular basis, as well as to better understand the idea that clarity in writing is important for their ideas to get across to their audience.
- Provides the opportunity for students to be acquainted with using the computer, the internet, and the many possibilities that come about when one is competent with it.

Why should I use Kidblogs instead of the array of other blogs available to me?
- Set up is easy because the teacher can start their own classroom blog, as well as create individual student accounts without the need of individual email addresses.
- Teachers can easily monitor and approve posts and comments.
- Students will likewise have no trouble posting to their blogs.
- The teacher has the ability to choose privacy settings from private (only students and teacher), to moderate (family/friends can visit the blog by submitting a password), to public.