So, who can blog?
The answer is anyone, and for a range of different purposes.
Teachers can blog…
Teachers may use a blog as a method of communication with parents, students and other teachers. This type of blog ‘notice board’ may be have a simple posting of homework or other assignment in one easy to find location, or on the other hand may be a method of providing a richer insight to the happenings taking place in (or out of ) the classroom. It might be drawing the attention of parents to what their children have been working on or experiencing, and providing insight to children who may have been absent. Such a blog might feature a comments section where students and parents can ask questions or for clarification, allowing the teacher to provide an answer that may benefit all readers.
…for dialogue generation:
It might act as a virtual classroom, a space to post questions about a current subject matter, book the class is reading or class happenings. By posting thought-provoking questions and asking the students to respond you are introducing the idea of responding in writing and contributing collaboratively.
…for other teachers:
Teachers can blog for each other about their experiences teaching, their professional development learnings, their philosophies, and their methodologies.
Students can blog…
…as part of a class blog
Teachers may like to set up a class blog that students can each comment on and contribute to. This may even form the basis of a rewards system where students can ‘earn’ their own personal blog to help create enthusiasm and increase participation
Individual students may each be given their own blog which may form the basis of their own journal or a way of submitting class work and assessments.
Mrs Morris of Grade at Leopold Primary School in Victoria gives some excellent suggestions as to how blogging can be integrated into a curriculum in her blog at:
No two students are alike in any one classroom, and you may be concerned as to how blogging may be best utilised for a child that has a specific learning need. The truth is blogging can be presented in a way that not only the suits the learning needs of any child, but can also provide benefits for every child.
Listen to our voki case studies, choose one (or both!) and then discuss the possible barriers and potential benefits for each child in relation to a blogging active classroom so we can explore just how inclusive blogging can be!