Why should you blog with your students?

My students' learning is enriched by the use of our classroom blog. We are able to communicate with parents, our community and the world. Learning conversations are the basis for the blog. The students in my class have become reflective and critical learners. They are encouraged to blog about what they have learned or what they have been doing. I also pose questions for them to answer and discuss.

I have seen a significant increase in reading ages since starting our blog this year. In order to comment appropriately on others blogs they must be able to read and understand their ideas.

What is a blog?

Wikipedia defines a blog as: a website, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
A blog is an online journal. Ideal for reflection and sharing learning. The author/s of the blog writes ‘posts’ about any given topic. Readers may comment.

Where do I start?

First you need to decide whether you are going to have single blog that your students comment on or whether each student will have their own blog that is attached to main page. There are several providers:

Each provider has different pros and cons. I will be discussing 21classes and edublogs as these are (in my opinion) the better engines for class blogging. I will talk you through how to sign up to these providers and how to get started with your class.

Here is an excellent site for information on why you should blog:

And a video by Rachel Boyd on Why Students Should Blog: