Now that you’ve worked out your objectives for your class blog it’s time to get it set up.
If you’ve not set up a blog before it can sound rather daunting, but I can promise you it’s not. Sure, you can spend hundreds of hours and thousands of pounds themeing and tweaking if that’s your bag, but most class blogs will run just as well set up on a free and easy to use platform where much of the hard work is done for you.
I’m going to work on the assumption that your school is happy with you having a public facing blog – i.e. one that is searchable on the web. This will enable your pupils to write for a real audience (the whole wide world!) and will also enable you to interact with other blogs through commenting. Something we’ll be encouraging through the Class Blog Challenge.
What are you going to call it?
Take a moment or two to think about what you’re going to call your class blog. There’s no need for it to be anything crazy, and often the simpler the better.
Most often classblogs end up being called something along the lines of:
“Mrs Johnson’s Class Blog”
“Class 5ZW’s Blog”
“Hill Rise Primary School’s Blog”
You get the picture… you just need something simple that will make sense to both your class and anyone visiting the blog. If you have a very specific objective in mind for your blog then you might want a name that reflects that;
“Class 4H’s Sharing Blog”
“Class 6LW’s Best Work”
What should your URL be?
Next you’ll need to think about what your URL is going to be. Now unless you’re willing to host the blog yourself and / or spend some money then much of this will be taken care of as there is a pretty standard format for blog URLs something like
Do think carefully about the bit of the URL you have control over though. You need something that both makes sense and is memorable. Maybe
How to set up a class blog using Edublog
There are dozens of blogging platforms available and I’ve not been able to discover any particularly compelling reasons for using any of them over others. If you have a strong desire to set up a blog using a specific platform then you should easily be able to find a video on YouTube to support you. I have previously written a post about how to set up a class blog using primary blogger which takes about five minutes. But as I’m hoping for a mix of primary and secondary bloggers to take part in the class blog challenge, today I’m recommending Edublogs which is a whole blogging community designed for teacher, pupil and class blogs. I’ve had some great feedback on how easy to use EduBlogs is and I certainly found that it’s very easy to set up an account for your class blog. (n.b. both Primary Blogger and Edublogs use the WordPress platform)
So here you go, step by step…
Here are the instructions to follow if you would like to set up your class blog on Edublogs:
So this session’s challenge is to set up your blog. I promise it is less difficult than it sounds! If you already have a blog from a previous class, think carefully about whether you should start a new blog for a new class. A new blog will provide a fresh start and enable your new class to make their mark whereas an old blog may have some established visitors that you’d lose if you switch URLs.
If you do set up a new blog, whether it’s your first time, or simply a new blog for a new class, please include a link to your blog in a comment and if you’re on Twitter tweet the link to your new blog along with the hashtag #classblogchallenge