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MsBisOnline and blogging to share and learn

Blog, Blog, Blog, and Blog some more

Share your thoughts

Your personal blog is an ongoing diary or commentary. Whether you blog for your Personal Learning Network or your students, a blog is a way to communicate and reflect on the world.

1. Examine Edublogs.org

  • Look at how Edublogs.org can be used to share information with students, parents,
  • and colleagues.
  • Discuss features of Edublogs.org.

2. Navigate Edublogs.org

  • Examine some of the main features of Edublogs.org.
  • Explore tools used to personalize a blog, including Settings and Pages.
  • Discuss how to change a few settings in the Dashboard.

3. Create an Edublogs Blog

  • Examine how to set up a new Edublogs.org blog.
  • Demonstrate how to add a new post and reviews formatting tools.
  • Show how to set categories and tags for posts.

4. Add Content to Edublogs.org

  • Show how to change themes.
  • Discuss how to add new pages.
  • Demonstrate how to add links to the sidebar.

5. Customize an Edublogs.org Blog

  • Demonstrate how to add widgets to enhance the blog's functionality.
  • Show how to moderate comments.
  • Discuss how to add multiple authors.

Teacher Blogs to check out

Blogging begins with reading.

Here are some blogs to read – read a post from at least five to give you a sampling of some great educational blogs. Then comment on at least one post.

Be sure to also check out last year's winners of the Edublog Awards to find other educators to connect with.

Here are links to blogposts about types of blogs to create

Here are links to each of the articles in the series:

Blogging In Education Today (a multipart series)

Blogging in Education Today, part 2 (Teacher Blogging)

Blogging in Education Today, part 3 (Student Blogging)

Blogging in Education Today, part 4 (Administrator’s Blogs)

Blogging in Education Today, part 5 (Education Technology Blogs)

Practice Formatting Posts

  • write one or more draft posts for your blog, and experiment
  • change the font or font size
  • make text bold or italic or a different color
  • change text alignment, add bullets, or numbering
  • insert pictures

Add Pages to the Blog

Think about other pages you can add to your blog. For example, would your students benefit from a page where they can always find the current homework assignments, the reading list for the school year, or classroom rules? Add at least two more pages to the blog. Be sure you publish the new pages.

Create class blog and/or student blog

Create a blog for your one of your classes. Create pages where you can include static information like a list of required materials and classroom expectations

Edublogs Teacher Challenge

The Edublogs crew has tons or ideas and resources to help you investigate blogging and make your blog your own.

Connect students

Comments4Kids is a way for students and teachers to find blogs to comment on and to get their own posts commented on.

Here are some links to get you started:

Comments4Kids Blogs.
Add Your Class Blog or Student Blog.
Add Your Name to the Participant List.
Does Commenting Make a Difference?
How to present Comments4Kids to your students.

Tips from Valerie R. Burton, M.Ed.

I am an English/Language Arts Teacher who tweets, blogs and creates photomovies to connect myself and my students with the world outside.