Getting them going…
on what you say? Blogging! Over the summer I had read many articles discussing the successes teachers were having with blogging in their classrooms. So, I started the year with a plan to have my students keep a blog that would serve as a place to share their learning journey throughout the subjects, a digital portfolio of sorts. I knew that this would be a challenge much like the shift in learning that they would experience here at Countryside Village.
Looking back at the first severals weeks of the school year, I introduced the idea of blogging, many students had that look of shock. I guess it may have been the fact that they had never blogged before. Some showed signs of interest. We started by exploring the Edublogs dahsboard to get familiar with the interface that we would use for blogging. Some students explored the App for their device. Many students were interested in customizing the look of their blog. With the 100’s of themes, every students had the chance to put their own mark on the blog that they would keep. From there we began the customization that would help keep our blogs organized. We set up categories and a menu structure for their main page. This would serve the purpose of keep entries with common threads connected and in one place. (I will be posting videos to my YouTube channel showing the steps taken to complete this setup). Once this was done, we were essentially ready to begin writing or so I thought we were. Where would we start? Something random? Something with a purpose? After a little thought, I had the class start with a Bio page, a place for future blog followers to get to know the author, the learner that would be sharing their window into our classroom. Within a few days, the Bios began popping up in my dash and on the student sites. From a few sentences long to paragraphs, the students began sharing a little about themselves. We had made the leap. The students were now blogging. The next step, another post! Topic, unknown!
To hear more about our adventure in blogging check back for future posts about our progress.