Edublogs.org Lesley Raymond. Why use Edublogs? Free! (+ other versions with more features) Easy to use Easy access to students’ blogs Insert pictures.
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Why use Edublogs? Free! (+ other versions with more features) Easy to use Easy access to students’ blogs Insert pictures & videos into your blog Categorize your posts Comment & leave feedback on each others’ blogs Safe & secure Curriculum Corner Tons of uses for blogging in the classroom!
User-friendly, straight fordward & easy to use Edublogs is powered by WordPress and uses the same interface.
Manage Students’ Blogs You can add & manage students’ blogs just by knowing their email addresses. Students will receive an email asking them to join Edublogs; these students’ blogs will be displayed on your Dashboard making them easily accessible to you.
Easy picture & video sharing Pictures – You can insert your own photos or copy/paste online images directly to your blog Videos – If you use the free version, you can provide students with a quick hyperlink to a video. If your school purchases the Pro version of Edublogs, the video can be directly embedded into your blog post.
Categorize your posts You can categorize each post. For example, I chose the categories “In-class Assignments” and “Projects”. You could post interesting stories and other extras that might interest students. These categories are a great way to make the blog more user-friendly so students can jump quickly to an assignment they’re looking for.
Safe for students to use Since Edublogs’ purpose is for use in the classroom adult content is blocked There are various privacy settings – you can have your students’ blogs accessible only to yourself and/or other class members While many school networks block blogging websites, Edublogs is accessible on most
Curriculum Corner Strapped for lesson ideas? This section might help. For each subject area you will find resources like blogging project ideas and links to other teachers’ blogs.
Here is a video put out by Edublogs about ways to use their site.
Ideas for blogging in the classroom Post newspaper articles for students to read & respond to. Articles can even be used as jumping off points for a creative writing activity. With this particular news story, I would ask students to write about what happened before the stabbing. They would be asked to describe the situation, the characters, and the cause of the altercation.
Ideas… (continued) Post pictures or videos for students to respond to. Here, I would ask students to freewrite, using questions to help guide them, about my personal photographs from Auschwitz. I didn’t tell them where the photos were taken because this activity will lead into learning about the Holocaust before we begin reading Night by Elie Wiesel. Instead, they’re asked to imagine what this place could be.
Ideas… (continued) Webquests are great alternatives to seat work and traditional research assignments. Post questions for students to answer in their blogs that require internet research to be done. These questions can be used as an introduction to a topic, like I’ve done here.
Ideas… (continued) Photojournaling is a fun way to get students writing. You could have students document their lives with one picture per day. The trick to avoiding the dreaded cat photo shoot is to make students write about why they chose a picture and explain what makes it significant.
Ideas… (continued) Online discussions Student collaboration (like a class newspaper) Peer editing & feedback on creative writing Communicating with parents (newsletter) Displaying student work for parents to see Creating online portfolios of student work
Evaluating Students’ Blogs Since evaluating every piece of writing on a student’s blog would be quite time consuming I would recommend breaking assignments into categories like these: Freewrites Reflective writing (on poems, newspaper articles, short stories, etc.) Feedback & constructive criticism on other students’ work However, I believe assignments like webquests, photojournaling projects and creative writing deserve to be assessed on an individual basis since they are much larger than the in-class “seat work” represented on the list above.
Feel free to visit the Edublog that I put together for the purposes of testing out the site – click hereclick here