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Classroom Blogs and Blogging Ideas
I am looking for ideas for our K-6 teachers on what they can write about for their classroomblogs. This is NOT for student blogging ideas, but it is for teachers that have a blog they sharewith parents, students, and staff. Please share any examples of classroom blogs and if you have any ideas for writing in them, please add below. Please feel free to add your twitter namebeside your idea and or blog. Please make them as general or specific as you like.
Ideas for your classroom blog
Category - Student Discussion
1.Ask students a question about a classroom event that is happening and what are somesuggestions they would have for the party. Encourage discussion between students sothey can come up with an idea. (@gcouros)2.Have a quote of the day that reflects your values - ask for reflection comments and howit affects their lives.3.Allow students to preview upcoming topics by posting an outline, some weblinks,preview video, etc on the blog. Encourage questions, comments and further relevantlinks contributed by students as well. (@DaveDodgson)4.Ask students to share about a previous assignment that they loved (at any age) anddescribe a bit
this assignment appealed to them (@FifeWOW).5.Ask students to imagine that they are a teacher. Have them describe their classroom(environment, lessons, assignments, etc...) (@FifeWOW)6.After reading a story, section of a book, post comprehension questions or predictionquestions. Have students post their response and then have them reply to three others.(@MrMacnology)7.Interview an expert and publish the video. Invite other people to the discussion. (@gret)8.Create book trailers or reviews. You can share your recommendations with the world.(@gret)9.Invite other people to your class discussions by using Wallwisher. (@gret)10.Have students share what “they”are experts on, How to’s or How to do’s What I know...(@nesredna1234)11.Pose questions about the book you are reading aloud in class to have a discussionabout the book- reading response blog online! (@kelalford)12.Use an image as a writing prompt (I use the Ed Tech 365/2010 group on Flickr).Primary students write one sentence (or more) based on the image. The BEST part?Providing the link to the post to the creator of the image so they can read (and hopefullycomment) on what my students are saying (@nsharoff)13.Students map out their digital footprint and then blog about the necessity to be awareabout this. (@briankotts)14.Have students create blogs (videos, glogs, wikis) of them teaching topics they arelearning about in class-to be shared with fellow students, parents, etc. (@kmhmartin)15.Have students create an Animoto for classroom hopes and wishes (@4thgrdteach)16.Facilitate an all-class conversation about how things will go in class during the year...then write it up, share it out, & invite comments. (e.g.http://mskreul.edublogs.org/2010/
09/06/class-contract-2010-2011/)(via@butwait) 17.Have students discuss, compare, contrast, and critique primary source documents.pictures and videos. Have students read and generate the questions for each other.(@Folmerica)18.Discuss being internet savvy, including use of mobile technology (@tasteach)19.Discuss the importance of using links when writing on the net (@tasteach)20.Ask students to students provide feedback about a field trip (@thetechieteach)21.
Category - Making home connections1.
Share upcoming events in the classroom and invite parents to be a part of the session.(@gcouros)
Discuss something from class, an event in history, a science experiment, a story you arereading, and ask a question for parents to weigh in on. Get their ideas. Help make themcontributors to the learning as well. (@MrMacnology) Share the parent reflections inclass as part of your lesson. (@katyvance)
Create a post asking parents to share successful ways they are encouraging learning attheir home. (@FifeWOW)
Ask parents for their feedback on your teaching, certain lessons that you taught, howtheir child is responding to school/you. (@theteachinggame)
Create a post asking families to share information about who their children are - aspeople and as learners. Attach a link to a Google Form which the teacher has createdto gather this information. Then the data would be collected in one place so that theteacher could easily view and consider it from time to time during the school year.(@Fife WOW)
Post a video a week of a student interviewing another student or teacher-studentetc. I did video posts with a homebound student with cancer. It helped her tonot feel so isolated. (@jmholland) ps. maybe this should be a google form?
Post direct student quotations, with or without students name depending on your school’s policy. The first day of Kindergarten was..... This Thanksgiving, I am thankfulfor..... This Christmas I would like to give Santa..... This could also be done in avoicethread and shared with a partner class, then they could give their ideas to theproject. (@jmcmcmahon)
Share the topics currently being addressed in class, and ask parents for real-lifeapplications of those topics from their experiences. Ask for volunteers to come in andshare their experiences. (@acmcdonaldgp)
Post an Animoto, Photopeach, or VoiceThread, etc., and ask parents to leave acomment sharing what their child enjoyed the most about the activity. Encourageparents to watch the slideshow with their child, so that they can talk about the eventstogether. (@grade1)
Post your weekly newsletter and if something went super well in class that day, also youcan have parents ask their students a specific question about their day (@4thgrdteach)
Try posting support links that students can use at home to practice the skills beingtaught in class (@thompseg) Students can comment about their experiences/questions
Write page about blogging in the classroom - parents to leave a comment to show theyhave read and understood it (@tasteach)
 Category - Celebrating classroom success
1.Share any pictures or videos of classroom success and have parents and studentscomment on the day, (@gcouros)2.Display best of students’ projects on the blog - either uploads of computer/web-based projects or scans/photos of paper-based projects. (@DaveDodgson)3.Publish a Voicethread. Students can describe their projects and parents see themtoo. You can also encourage parents to comment on their kids’ work. (@gret)4.Maybe a weekly (Fridays?) reflective post celebrating that week’s successes- big and small - as seen through the eyes of the teacher. (@FifeWOW)5.Display student work and not just the best of the best but a good sampling to show valueof all students (4thgrdteach)6.Posting work that exhibits the “quality” you hope for others to produce. Discuss whatmakes the work excellent. (@thompseg) Allow for students to give praise for their peersefforts.7.Students have different roles regarding the blog - Joke teller, Safety Tip, Reporter,Photographer - have input to blog weekly about classroom happenings. (@tasteach)8.Post a podcast/radio show about classroom/school events (@pam_thompson)
 Category - Other?
1.Blog about their changing pedagogy or teaching practice. For early childhood teachers:how play fits into their classroom, or how parents can help children develop early literacyskills at home (@mrsmaley)2.How teachers use art, music, drama, etc. in their classroom. I have found that posts onusing art in the classroom have been very popular on my own blog.(@wmchamberlain)3.Blog about Edtech topics and experiences for attendees of your PD classes.(@kellysmith6)4.Building on @mrsmaley’s point, share the research you are reading which is currentlyinforming your instruction and discuss the connections between the current research inyour field and the way you are teaching. (@katyvance)5.Write about what is going on in your life and how it changes your views on education,students or life in general. Students and parents get to know you and your students seethat you write about daily life, too! (@kelalford)6.Share what you are passionate about learning. Ask for reader comments about whatthey are passionate about. Use this with the kids to help them identify a passion of theirs. (@acmcdonaldgp)7.Use the Blog as a Learning to Learn Tool. What do they find interesting aboutHOW they are learning what they are learning, what observations do they haveabout the challenges they faced - how do they overcome them etc (@theavanos)8.Use Wikipedia to expose the benefits of critical thinking by analysing, reviewing andediting posts. (@briankotts)9.Share a slideshow of a classroom activity that demonstrates a student teacher in action.This informs and reassures parents and is great for the student teacher’s portfolio.(@jansmith)10.Write a letter to your class about your hopes and dreams or what you learnedover the summer; show them you are human - and excited (@4thgrdteach)

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