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  • Start out by looking at a range of other class blogs. Check out this page for a list.
  • Timetable your students so they each get a set amount of time in a week. This time must be used for blogging. This is possible whether you have one computer or 30! This is the only way I have found that every student blogs. Some kids are more reluctant than others and this way they get to post in a supportive environment. Some students do not have computers and internet at home so this is especially important.
  • Teach your kids about 'tagging'. Highlighting keywords will ensure that search engines pick up content and this will increase your traffic.
  • Put a World Map on your blog that tracks visitor locations - this really excites the kids and provides valuable opportunity to increase geographical knowledge.
  • Get involved in blogging competitions. For example: this international blogging competition. It not only encourages participation but creates relationships with other classes who blog.
  • Begin by teaching how to write a good post. Beginning, middle and end that is learning related and specific. Suggest that they invite their readers to respond to posed questions. Then teach them to identify the keywords for tagging. Once your students are confident at writing posts then begin with comments
  • Teach children to comment appropriately. That is, the comment must relate to what the person has written about and be specific.
  • Advertise your blog! Put the link on Twitter to encourage others to write comments on your students posts - the kids love hearing from other people. Add your blog to class bloglists like: Interface Magazine's class blogs, International Edublogger directory and Support Blogging
  • Set targets - to begin with I said to my kids that when we reached 1000 visitors on our Clustermap that we would have a party - this really enticed them to write lots of posts. I have since run comment competitions too.
  • Share the statistics of your blogportal with your students. These usually show how many people visit everyday.
  • Start your own blog! You can use edublogs or blogger and write about and document your own journey using ICT in the classroom.