Blogging on the Mind

Blogging on the Mind

In order to get my students to access their blogs more regularly in hope that they comment and post more regularly and put their goals into action, I have decided to make the majority of their Home Learning each fortnight online. They are still required to complete their normal Home Learning activities (Reading, Word Studies, […]

Student Reflection

Student Reflection

After not a lot of initiative from students to post without being asked to post by me combined with a 3 week mid year break, I decided to start fresh with our blogging this term. To launch our journey back into blogging this term, I revisited the document where we brainstormed responses to questions about […]

Blogging about Blogging

Blogging about Blogging

Unfortunately I have noticed that my desire to get advice and feedback on my approach to introducing blogging to my students via this blog site is not working. So far, only very few have visited this site, so I took some actions to get it ‘out there’; e-mailed it to my colleagues, posted it on Twitter and also informed a […]

Reflective Posts

New instructions written on whiteboard during morning Homeroom

I have experimented with giving the students time in Homeroom each morning to comment on someone else’s post. They are beginning to do this and hopefully they begin to do it in time without having to be prompted. I am finding that what they are commenting is of good quality and is resonating a clear purpose […]

Structured Commenting

Structured Commenting

I reinforced to students that they are beginning to post well when asked to, yet that posting wasn’t the only way to use their blog. We recapped ‘why’ you post; and decided in our case it was mainly to share and reflect with the possibility of inspiring others … if they are actually being read […]

Collaboration Stand Still

Collaboration Stand Still

My current issue is getting the students to comment more on each other posts as a way of encouraging collaboration and giving online feedback. I am thinking that perhaps my structured approach of ‘telling’ students what to post is giving me greater ownership of their posts, preventing them from taking it any further than my […]

Savvy Seconds

Savvy Seconds

The students second structured attempt at posting was to share their topic ideas and message about a TED project they have been working on at school and comment on their progress. We spoke about finding an image that conveys an emotional message in relation to their topic to upload with their comment. We discussed using imagery to generate a […]

Publishing Posts

Publishing Posts

The day had arrived where I got my students to post their very first blog. Their faces quickly went from excited to scared and for a second I thought that perhaps I had affected them a little with our discussions about ‘everything you post online is permanent’ and that they ‘leave a digital footprint’ … […]

Jumping in the Deep End

Structured Vs Unstructured Teaching of Blogging?

Originally I decided that I wanted to go slow and run a session by session, structured approach to teaching my students about blogging. I had already begun our blogging in class on pieces of paper and didn’t really want to get them onto their actual blogs online. However, I reflected on the students in my […]

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