What it is a Blog?

Watch a short Common Craft video (also downloaded to wanserver08/curriculum&instruction in the Web 2 Training

EduBlogs Edublogs.org is a site specifically for teachers, students, librarians, etc.

Pedogogy of Blogging

Blog A blog is a Web site that functions as a journal, or a diary, or a place to post your thoughts and opinions pertaining to a particular subject matter. In addition to text entries, a blog may contain pictures, video, and/or audio clips. (it's generally personal opinion or perspectives on a certain topic...displayed in reverse chronological order; they more frequently have just one author; pages generally remain the same unless a new entry is added).

The best use of a blog is for an individual seeking feedback, whether an individual student or an individual teacher. Blogs promote interaction between author and reader and it is the author that determines the content focus not the reader. Blogs work well when an individual or a group of individuals posting to the same blog are seeking feedback or comments on their ideas and thoughts.

Features of a blog:
• entries posted in consecutive order, newest on top
• comments from readers extend classroom learning
• personal learning journal

Atomic Learning offers a Tech Integration project which uses a online blogging application. It is called "Blog Revolution" - a project in which students take on a historical persona they are learning about.

Differences between Blogs and Wikis
  • structured
  • highly personal
  • focused on process
  • administered by one individual
  • edited by creator
  • chronologically organized
  • flexible
  • intensively collaborative
  • focused on content
  • administered by a number of people
  • edited by anyone
  • organized in innumerable ways

How to set-up a Blog

Preparing Students for Blogging – please collaborate with your Instructional Technology Specialist and/or Library Teacher and together:
  • Review the Acceptable Use Agreement that they have all signed with students and make the connect that this agreement applies to the blogging that the will be doing in their project.
  • From that AUA, review Acceptable Use, Privileges and Network Etiquette. http://www.walthampublicschools.org/MIS/Accept%20Use%20Policy%20Students.pdf?size=118871
  • Teach students safe, acceptable, and sensible behavior as online authors and readers.
  • Teach students the importance of writing, spell checking and revising their posts prior to actually posting live to the blog.
  • Set clear expectations regarding tone of their posts, respect for others and be clear about consequences.
  • Establish any rules or guidelines pertaining to student access and posting.
  • Teach the rule of no complete names or e-mail addresses to be posted to a blog.
  • Teach the rule that usernames and passwords are private and not to be shared with friends.


EdTech Innovators Tutorials

Rubrics for Blogging





Edutopia - Creating a Blog for Your Classroom

Class blogs – management, moderation and protection

Sample blogging policy (high school).


(links from EduBlogs)
The Two Page Blog Guide For Parents by Kathleen McGeady is an excellent idea for a parent resource.
If you want to include Online Safety

Examples of using blogs

Elementary Art Show

Sarah Plain and Tall Book Blog
Students and teacher share thoughts and identify elements of the book.

Mrs. Young's Summer Book Club
A classroom blog set up to visit about summer reading materials.


Figure Speaks Mathematics

Educational Blog Examples

Media Literacy

David Warlick
Extreme Biology

Will Richardson

Suggestions for Teachers

50 Useful Blogging Tools for Teachers, TeachingTips.com

Cofino, Kim. "Student Blogging Guidelines." Always Learning Blog Post, September 6, 2009

Further Reading:

"Blogger's FAQ: Student Blogging." Electronic Frontier Foundation. 2005.
w2.eff.org/bloggers/lg/faq-students.php accessed Nov 9, 2007.
Legal and ethical guide, FAQ style.

Digital Discussions Edutopia

Harris, Christopher. "Digital Reshift: Critical Clicks: Blogging." School Library Journal. 53.3 (2007).
http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/blog/840000284/post/1250007925.html?q=bloggingVery brief intro to blogging.

The Power of Blogging

Olwell, Russell. (2008). Taking History Personally: Connecting Students Outside the Classroom, Perspectives.

Utecht, Jeff. "Teacher 2.0: The Evidence." TechLearning, May 24, 2007.
www.techlearning.com/blog/2007/05/teacher_20_the_evidence.php Accessed Nov 9, 2007.
Includes Blogging Rubrics for use with students, and a discussion of assignment outputs in Web 2.0 format