It's Blog Time!
Students will explore blogs that exist within the school district at the elementary, middle, and high schools. They will learn how blogs are used to communicate information to students, parents, and community members. This can include blogs for music, athletics, art, principal blogs, etc.
If possible, students will also explore Kidblog sites used by other teachers and students in other schools.
2 Direct Instruction
Students will watch a short video on Brain Pop to learn about blogs from Tim and Mobi. They can take the short quiz that follows the video as a class.
It may also be helpful to show an additional video - Blogs in Plain English from Commoncraft
Both videos will help students understand why blogs are used and show examples of how posts and comments can be added to a blog.
3 Guided Practice
A class account will be setup using Kidblog. Students will be given a username and temporary password (Ex: student1/pges1). Once they login, then they will get to change their password to something that they currently use (network login). They will also select an avatar to be displayed beside their name. Students will learn how to navigate around the site. They will practice creating a blog post in draft form. Show the difference between saving a post as a draft vs publishing a post. Make sure that students know how to use the available tools when creating their post (bold, italic, underline, alignment, spell check). Students should be given time to create a blog entry and then publish for review. The teacher should read the blog entry and approve so that it can be published. Hopefully before the next lesson or opportunity to blog, there will be several blog entries for students to view. Students can go back and edit posts that they have saved as a draft and begin making comments on other posts. It's a good idea for teachers to approve comments before they are published as well to make sure that the comments are positive and provide helpful advice.
4 Independent Practice
This is a great site to help students work on their keyboarding skills! There are 12 lessons that focus on home row keys, shift keys, and letter combinations. Animated characters introduce keys in a game-like format. They sing and dance at the end of each lesson. This is more appropriate for grades 3-5.
Students in grades 6-8 may prefer to use these sites to practice their keyboarding skills:
Create a student blogging survey using Google Drive. The survey can be posted directly within the class blog site so that students can click on the link and answer the questions. The teacher can collect data to help find out how students feel about writing, what they want to learn, and any other information that might be helpful.
Here is an example of a student survey: