Here’s yet another “The Best…” list — this time focusing the Best Sources For Advice On Student Blogging. As with all my lists it is regularly updated to keep it current.
This list was last updated November 4, 2015.
- Some articles included are older articles (published prior to 2010) and have been included because concepts in the articles apply to the current approach to student blogging.
- This list has been sorted by blogger.
Here’s a list of Sue’s ‘must read’ posts on student blogging:
- Step 1: Set up Class Blog
- Step 2: Setting up pages
- Step 3: Writing your first posts
- Step 4: Teach quality commenting skills
- Step 5: Adding Widgets
- Step 6: Helping parents and students connect
- Step 7: Images, copyright, and creative commons
- Step 8: Cool tools to embed
- Step 9: All about video
- Step 10: Connecting with other classes
- Step 11: Setting up your student blogs
Below are Sue’s other important student blogging resources:
- The Top 10 Ways Blogs and WordPress Are Used in Schools
- Class blog list – list of class blogs based on Grade and subject area which you can use to see how class blogs are used. Also indicates which class blogs have individual student blogs.
- State of Educational blogging 2014
- State of Educational blogging 2013
- State of Educational blogging 2012
- Getting more out of Student blogging
- Blogging With Students In 5 Simple Steps
Other resources from the Edublogger, Edublogs or Edublogs Community:
- 50 Ideas For Student Blogging And Writing Online (Ronnie Burt)
- Guide To Copyright And Creative Commons (Ronnie Burt)
- Edublogs YouTube Channel
- Student blogging Challenge
Here’s a quick intro video to explain what is a blog.
Silvia Tolisano is well known for her work with blogging with students.
Here’s a list of Silvia’s ‘must read’ posts on student blogging:
- Blogging as a Pedagogy: Facilitate Learning
- Blogging for Learning
- Blogging as a curation platform
- Blogging in Maths
- Blogs through the lens of SAMR
- Blogging is NOT analog Writing in Digital Spaces
- Making Blogging Visible
- Implementing Blogging in the Classroom
- Blogging Rubric in Spanish
Below are Silvia’s Blogging lesson plan series. The series was developed in 2008. While some of the links are old but concepts are good:
This video provides an excellent explanation of the blogging and commenting process, impact of quality blogging on student literacy and the importance of writing as part of a global audience.
Bill Ferriter has been blogging with students for almost 10 years and here is his advice:
- Lessons learned from a group of amazing student bloggers.
- Three tips for classroom blogging projects.
- Part One: Teacher Tips for blogging projects.
- Part Two: Teacher Tips for blogging projects.
- Part Three: Teacher Tips for blogging projects.
- Two Critical Tips for Classroom blog projects.
- Commenting and assessment.
Gail Desler supports teachers using blogs with students in her school district. Here are her tips:
- Five Tips for Helping Students Become Better Bloggers
- Five Borrowed Tips for Helping Students Become Better Bloggers
- Five Tips for Teachers New to Blogging
Kim Confino has extensive experience blogging with students and supporting teachers use blogs with students. You can check out her posts here:
- Blogging is elementary
- How to connect your students globally
- Beginning with Blogging
- Student blogging guidelines
- Why Students should blog – My Top 10
- What Does Student blogging exactly do?
- Ideas for Integrating a student blog into your curriculum
- Common Concerns with student blogging answered.
- 14 Steps to meaningful student blogging.
- Paper blogs; A Lesson in Commenting on student blogs.
- Weekly blog challenges.
- Commenting guidelines for students – simple and good commenting guide on a class blog.
- George Couros’s 5 Reasons Your Students Should blog and Resources on blogs as digital portfolios
- Linda Yollis – Educational blogging wiki packed full of resources and tips for blogging with elementary students.
- Kathleen Morris’s Student blogging resources and tips
- Pamela Hunnisett’s Blogging Expectations
- Richard Byrne’s 15 Topics for your School / Classroom blog, 3 Things students can blog about to start the school year and What is hotlinking? – Why you and your students should avoid it
- The Courage To Blog With Students is an article by my Teacher Leaders Network colleague Marsha Ratzel that is a “must-read” for any teacher using blogs with their students, or considering the idea. It appears in Education Week: Teacher Magazine.
- Three Teachers’ Answers to Questions on Classroom Microblogging is from The New York Times Learning Network.
- #comments4kids – As most teachers who have students writing blogs know, kids get very excited when people leave comments on their posts. Of course, we all appreciate it when people respond to our writing, and nothing beats having an authentic audience. I recently learned through Paula Naugle, a teacher in New Orleans, about the ability to solicit comments on student blogs through Twitter by using the hashtag #comments4kids. She relates in her blog post that her students received over 1,500 comments this year. And she told me separately that 70% of them were generated through use of that hashtag. I think that’s amazing. The hashtag idea is brilliant, and I’d love to give credit to whomever came up with the idea. Let me know if you know who did. (Paula writes that “The creator of the #comment4kids hashtag is William Chamberlain. There are teachers and student bloggers all over the world who are so thankful to Will for this innovative idea.”)
- QuadBlogging Connects Student Writers with Global Audiences is by Suzi Boss at Edutopia.
Here is a list of our class blogs.
If you are a blogger, are considering starting a blog, or just want to learn more about blogging, that’s the post where you should start.
— Rusul رسل (@RusulAlrubail) March 16, 2015
As always, feedback and additional suggestions are welcome.