Though my classes have done some limited blogging and communicating with other classes in our International Sister Classes Project, I’m seriously considering trying it more seriously with one of my classes next year.
Because of that, I’ve been trying to learn more about other people’s experiences. I thought I’d share in a short “The Best…” list the places I’ve found most helpful, and I’d certainly like to solicit other suggestions for additions to this list.
Here are my choices for The Best Sources For Advice On Student Blogging:
Sue Waters’ at The Edublogger (of course!) has an excellent post titled Tips On Blogging With Students. It’s filled with advice from teachers who have successfully done so for years. Here’s another version of that information.
Silvia Tolisano at the Langwitches blog just this week began posting a series of Blogging Lesson Plans. I particularly like the one on Commenting. She’s also made all of these blogging lessons available for download.
Bill Ferriter at The Tempered Radical wrote a post about commenting on Voice Thread presentations, but it’s certainly applicable to commenting on blog posts, too. He also offers some good advice in his post sharing Two Critical Tips For Classroom Blog Projects.
Rubrics To Evaluate Classroom Blogging from Enhancing Teaching and Learning offers a variety of useful rubrics.
Sue Waters has done it again with a great post titled Ideas For Student Bloggings From….How Do You Do What You Do!. It’s filled with “how-to” tips for teachers.
Sue Waters has written another great post titled Quick Start Tips For Student Blogging Part I: Setting Up Your Class Blog.
My Blogging Adventure – Some Ideas For Blogger Wannabes by Burcu Akyol offers great advice specifically for ESL/EFL teachers.
Gail Desler has written an excellent post titled Five Tips for Helping Students Become Better Bloggers.
Student Blogging Guidelines is a great post by Kim Cofino.
Five Borrowed Tips for Helping Students Become Better Bloggers is another great post by Gail Desler.
Sue Waters has announced the winners of a contest for the best advice on student blogging in the classroom. Announcing The Winners Of The “Share your tips–and win BIG!” Competition! is a great source of advice.
Bill Ferriter has written several posts with great tips for teachers who are having their students write blogs.
Here are some good and simple commenting guidelines for students.
What You Wanted To KNOW About Student Blogging is another great post by Sue Waters
“What advice would you give for blogging with ESL/EFL students?” is Sue Waters’ latest post. In it, she shares advice I have offered, and asks for more suggestions.
If you are using Edublogs with your classes, they’ve set-up a great guide called Tips and Tricks For Setting Up a Class Blog.
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.
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.”)
Our tips for getting blogs ready for the end of the school year is by Sue Waters.
14 Steps to Meaningful Student Blogging by Pernille Ripp
Sample letter to parents re blogging could come in very handy.
Here is a list of our class blogs.
EDUBLOGS TEACHER CHALLENGES is from Edublogs.
Implementing Blogging in the Classroom is at Langwitches.
QuadBlogging Connects Student Writers with Global Audiences is by Suzi Boss at Edutopia.
Getting More Out of Student Blogging is by Sue Waters.
As always, feedback and additional suggestions are welcome.