Here are some suggestions for you to start blogging with your students:
- Use it to teach digital citizenship ~ blogging is a great venue to help students actually become digital citizens and navigate this world. It is a great way to develop this knowledge and essential skill set.
- Post homework ~ it can be a common venue to post homework and a place that students can respond to with questions or comments.
- Recap of today’s class work ~ students could share the responsibility of communication using the blog to share the daily happenings in your classroom.
- Weekly reflection ~ students could check-in via a blog and share what they are thinking about their learning. What was new? How does it connect with what they already knew?
- Continue the conversation ~ a classroom discussion could be continued, after the bell rings, to get to the lingering questions, go deeper in thinking, or extend learning.
- Creating a character/historical figure blog ~ instead of just reflecting and responding, a blog could be used to take on the persona of a different person and write in their “voice”.
- Timeline or chronological log ~ Students can write posts and use facts, pictures, etc. to write about a specific event or a time or moment in history.
- Current Events ~ Students can use a blog to follow current events and analyze how different news sources cover the same story.
- Research Collaboratively ~ students can use a blog to research a topic or theme as a group
- Respond to literature ~ great as a written form of these types of discussions.
- Fanfiction ~ students can create new endings or plot twists to their favorite stories.
- Explain math problems ~ having students show their thinking for math is important and an important skill to develop.
- Keeping track of Science ~ students could use a blog to record hypothesis they develop and share their ideas and their findings.
- Create a science field guide
- Language labs ~ foreign language students can practice with conversation and writing in their new language.
- Music Playlists ~ students can create playlists based on different musical properties and elements as well as analyze music.
- Art portfolio ~ students can share their art as well as reflect or analyze or reflect on specific art pieces or a particular artist.
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What ideas for blogging do you have or have you tried?