Make your new year’s resolution to start up a blog for your class
Blogging is an exciting way to get your class working together and fully engaged. I recently discussed 10 Reasons You Should Get Your Class Blogging and the response has been great. It seems that lots of teachers have decided that their new year’s resolution is to get their class blogging. But not everyone is sure how.
Out of the Box vs Bespoke
You can spend a lot of time developing a bespoke blog using wordpress.org or similar, but the impression I’m getting is that the majority of teachers are looking to spend their time actually blogging rather than building the blog itself. That’s understandable and in which case you’ll be looking for an out of the box solution. i.e. someone else has already done the hard work for you.
There are several great out of the box solutions, the one that has been recommended to me the most is Primary Blogger (which is built on WordPress but the hard work is all already done). In a few very short steps you can set up your own blog with them, it will take you less than five minutes to get started. And what’s more, it’s free. Primary Blogger also has the benefit of being unblocked in most schools unlike some other blog providers and it features a range of primary school specific widgets (that’s things you can add to your blog) such as learning games, and e-safety links.
Set up a blog in five minutes with Primary Blogger
- Visit www.primaryblogger.co.uk and click ‘begin making magic.
- Type a username and password and enter a valid email address (this does not have to be a school email address).
- Once you’ve registered Log in.
- Select your blog address. This is the URL that you will give people wanting to visit your blog so think of something relevant. Your final URL will be yourchosenaddress.primaryblogger.co.uk so you might choose mrsrobinsonsclass.primaryblogger.co.uk or class5am.primaryblogger.co.uk for example
- That’s it. You now have your own class blog!
Creating your first post
- Your admin page (where you can create and edit posts) can always be found at yourchoseaddress.primaryblogger.co.uk/wp-admin
- On the left hand menu, click on the arrow next to post to expand the menu, the select ‘add new post’
- Simply fill in the boxes – your post will need a title and some content. You can leave it as simple as that though you can also add pictures or you can highlight text and add a hyperlink
- The only limit is your imagination, but there is nothing wrong with starting simply.
- When you’re ready, click publish and your post will be published for the world to see.
- You can either click the ‘view post’ button or go to your URL to see your post in all its glory.
What to blog about?
You and your class can blog about absolutely anything, but here are a few ideas to get you going:
- Our New Year’s Resolutions
- Our favourite memories from the Christmas holidays
- What we learnt last term / what we are going to learn about this term
- A showcase of pupils’ work from last term – words or pictures
- Pupils interviews with each other so that they can learn more about each other
- A collaborative story written by the class
- The role of a friend
- A diary entry by a historical figure the class are studying
- A recently learned mathematical or scientific principle explained by the class
- A description on the classroom and the class teacher
If you have a class blog – or start one up as a result of this blog post, please leave a comment with the address so that readers of this blog can read and comment on your class blog too. It all gets more exciting once you start getting some traffic!
If you like this, I will write more posts about class blogging, let me know what you would like to know more about so that I can make the posts as useful and as relevant as possible.