What is a Blog?
The word "blog" comes from two words: web log. The nature of a blog encourages participation from many authors. There is often a post written by one person, which is then responded to by others on the blog site. This kind of participation can be very beneficial to a community of learners found in the classroom. Instead of a traditional writing prompt that students respond to in class and then turn in on paper, a blog can make that response viewable by classmates. Students can then collaborate and respond to one another, benefiting the entire class. The teacher is no longer the sole instructor for the students. They can teach one another through this tool.
How can a Blog be created?
There are many options for educators to create a class blog. The style choices are really up to the author. These sites can be used to create a blog that is simple to edit and make it easy to reply to posts by students and teachers.
Try the some of the suggestions listed below to find what style works best for you and your students.
Suggested Classroom Blog Sites:
1. Students can collaborate with one another in class, sharing their thinking with one another as well as their teacher.
2. Feedback can be quickly given with varied perspectives. Students are accountable for what they post, knowing it will be viewed by everyone gives them reason to carefully edit their work.
3. Students are prepared with 21st century skills. This medium has become more familiar to the world. Being able to express their writing in this way will be a critical skill as they prepare for college and/or careers!
1. Blogs are public, personal information must be carefully guarded.
2. Regular access to the internet may be limited in some students' homes.
Make sure that you have parent permission to publish student work on your blog. Canyons District uses the form below. Be sure that all affected students return this form to the school's office.