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Class Blog Challenge: Getting your pupils started

The Class Blog Challenge explained (with links to all posts in the series).

 

Ten Top Tips: Writing Blog PostsSo now you’ve set your objectives and set up your class blog and hopefully you’ve written a post yourself to help you get a feel for things.  Now it’s time to get your pupils started.

 

Prepare as thoroughly as for any other lesson

The first thing to bear in mind is that a lesson involving blogging is not some kind of cop out.  It needs to be planned just as well as any other lesson.  Of course, if you regularly build blogging into your lesson plans you may discover that a template lesson plan is a good starting point and that you simply need to work out the specifics, but please don’t be tempted to teach blogging on the fly.

 

Who will be posting?

There are lots of different approaches you can take to having your class post on the class blog.  The key question you need to ask is who will be posting?  Will individual children put up posts, will they collaborate and write group or class posts?  Will you post on behalf of the class?  There is no right or wrong answer and you might choose to use a variety of approaches.

 

To moderate or not to moderate?

If you are allowing pupils to put up posts themselves, you need to decide whether or not you intend to moderate the content.  Of course you’ll want to review it so that you are aware of the progress they are making and any issues that need addressing, but you need to decide whether you want to correct things like spelling and grammar or if you’d rather allow your class to publish their best efforts.  You could discuss this with the children and see what they would prefer.

 

Your pupils can write about anything

You can blog about just about anything you can think of.  If you’ve got a bit of technical know how (and we’ll cover this in a later session if not) then you can blog audio, video or pictures.  But for now, you might prefer to start with plain text.  Whilst your pupils are still warming to the idea of blogging and getting the hang of things, you might like to keep it simple, then move on to some more interesting and imaginative stuff once you’ve got the basics down.

 

Some ideas to get you started

You can view my previous post which listed ten ideas for class blog posts which is a great starter for ten.  But remember you can blog about ANYTHING.  Brainstorm with your class to find out what they’d like to write about.  Remember, one of the key aims is simply to get them writing, so finding a topic they’ll readily engage with is key.

 

Please share a link to your first post / posts

Once you have uploaded your first post or posts please use the linky tool below to share them with the other class blog challenge bloggers.  If you’re on twitter please share links using the hashtag #classblogchallenge.

 

Come back and visit the other posts

We’ll learn more about commenting next time, but in the meantime, please take a moment to visit the posts of other classes participating in the class blog challenge.  You’ll soon learn that it’s highly motivating knowing that your blog is being read and even more motivating if you receive a comment.

 

Good luck with your first post and don’t hesitate to either leave a comment or tweet @creativeedu if you need any help in the meanwhile.

2 responses to “Class Blog Challenge: Getting your pupils started”

  1. Avatar David Didau says:

    Have embarked on class blogging! Please have a look at mrdidau.edublogs.org and let me know what you think.

    Thanks, David

  2. […] Being connected and being read is, I guess, not the only point of a blog – it also has its obvious merits as a reflective tool and an online eportfolio. However, I know only too well how satisfying it can be to view your blog stats and see that people have visited, read and even commented. So I am in the process of setting up a twitter account ( @7pdhpe02 ) and have entered the  @creativeedu classblog challenge . […]

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