Objectives for blogging can vary depending on what kind of blog you want for your classroom or students. Students can use a blog to share information, reflections, or just be a personal narrative for writing. Believe me, there is a lot that can be done with a blog! The best part: there is no "right or wrong" way to blog..you just do it!
Why Wouldn't We Blog?
This is a great blog post from a classroom teacher/administrator. To sum it up, the author gives us four reasons why we SHOULD blog:
I suggest using Kid Blog for students in an elementary or middle school grades. The teacher can blog with the class, monitor posts by students, and control the security of posts and comments.
Mrs. Gamble's Kid Blog Class
For high school students, I use Blogger. It is a Google tool, so you can sign in with your school account to create a blog. This tool has more freedom for the writer. Teachers can comment, students can comment, anyone in the public can comment. The author is able to create public or private posts. The writing environment seems different for students, but they like it!
Administrators and teachers can use Blogger as an avenue to get information out to the community and parents, also.
Spartans In The Middle - Blog of a middle school principal
Ideas for Blogging in the Elementary Classroom:
Communication with Parents
Field trip information
General classroom policies
Comments could be used to answer frequently asked questions
Reflective blogs about what works or does not work in the classroom
Benefit from thoughtful comments from other educators (growing your PLN!)
Sharing theories and teaching philosophies
Events of the Week
Keep parent and absent students involved
Let a team of students create a blog sharing information about the week -- this would be especially useful during those first few weeks of school
Blog about general information
Students can add comments with memories and highlights of trips
Introducing a New Unit
Students can ask questions about the unit before it begins
Suggestions for Preparing for Tests
Students and teachers can share successful test taking ideas
Creating Dialogue with Students
Student use comments to respond to posts or prompts
Ask questions about content being shared in the classroom
Students answer questions posted by the teacher or peer
Students share something they learned during a unit
Post a writing prompt for your students to respond to
Students can take turns creating the prompts or ideas
Have students reflect on a story, book, or discussion
Answer specific questions or relate to their own experiences
Students Pick a Different Perspective
Students add comments as if they were specific characters in a story
Students add comments from historical figures
Begin a story and let students write their own endings in the comment areas
They can also give follow-up comments to other students' writing
Ideas for a Rainy Day
Feedback on Units or Activities Throughout the Year