Creating our Blogs. Where are we up to?

blog picOver the past two weeks, we have started to create our class blogs. In just 90 minutes we have been able to get the class blog set up and begin to personalise it for our classrooms. Now is a good time to check if we all have the components on our blogs that we have discussed.

Have you…??

  • Chosen your theme and ensured that it has one sidebar on the right side
  • Chosen a theme that makes the posts and content easy to read and easy to navigate
  • Customised your theme with colours and photos that suit your class
  • Set up the widgets in the sidebar to include,
    • links to great websites for your students to access
    • links to the other blogs at our school
    • links to support and help sites
  • Selected the most appropriate order for the widgets in your sidebar
  • Written a permanent welcome message for your blog using the text sidebar widget

Wonderful!

Today we will,

  • Add some plugins
  • Write our first post
  • Create post categories
  • Add an ‘About me’ page

Let’s go….

This week we can introduce our blogs to our students!!

How are you planning to introduce your blog??

To Do List. Number 1: Start our blogs

Today we are making a change that will alter how we do things forever!

Today the year 3/4 teachers begin their class blogs……………But What is a Blog?

This will be exciting, we hope our blogs will benefit us all in many ways…

We want to,

  • improve home-school connectedness, by improving communication and participation with our school community
  • increase student voice by providing a place for students’ thoughts, comments, suggestions and ideas
  • flip the classroom by providing access to lessons and learning resources that are available from anywhere and at any time
  • increase our connections with an audience beyond our school walls
  • collaborate with each other and bring the online world into our world…everyday!
  • have an online space where we can reflect, share and celebrate our work and achievements
  • learn more about the possibilities that blogging will bring us

This video, by Kathleen Morris, highlights the educational benefits of blogging,

Sometimes it helps to see what’s possible by looking at some examples of other teachers class blogs.

So what now?

Let’s get started!