Blogging in the Classroom

Personal Reflection

Since early 2006, I’ve been trying to convince teachers to blog with their students. It all started when Will Richardson spoke at the Illinois Computing Educators annual conference. After hearing him speak, I walked up to him, handed him a check and went away with his book. After reading it, I was totally convinced of the value of facilitating a blog for students. Since then, my personal blogging experience has been a bit limited, but really valuable. I have set up blogs for teachers that I have worked with, as well as facilitating a collaborative blog with a few middle school students. Overall, the process was really positive, but never really sustained. As I reflect on the process of using blogs with students, I would say that any opportunity to publish writing is important, particularly when students for these reasons:

• They are publishing their writing for an authentic audience and really enjoy knowing that others are reading their work
• We are giving them first-hand experience in a supervised manner to be content creators
• Students must write all the time for all content areas - and this medium is flexible and engaging

Recently, I came across a nice post from another educator, Patrick Higgins that pointed me toward some empirical data that supports how useful blogging can be in the effort to improve writing. Drexler, Dawson, and Ferlig’s research paper also covers concerns such as time commitment and keyboarding skills, so it’s worth a careful read. This wiki, although it's a couple of years old, provides comprehensive information about objectives and guidelines for safe and responsible blogging in the elementary classroom.

Nadine Norris

Benefits for Students

Connection to Learning Standards

Good Examples of Class Blogs

Check out this list that is being developed by Scott McLeod for a long list of Blogs
Murphy Math Mania - a good example of how blogging works in a math class
Reflective Creations
5NT - 5th grade class blog
Books and Bytes - Ms. Stewart's 6th grade Language Arts blog
Mr. Coley's Class Blog
Mr. Green's Class Blog
Dream Extreme Class Blog
Mrs. C's Class Blog
A World of Wonder
Mr. Crosby's Class

Mrs. Cassidy's Classroom Blog An article was written about her class. Read it here.
Ms Patty's Pre-K Classroom Blog
Willow Room 2nd Grade
Mr. Crosby's 5th grade class
Gordon Brune's 5th grade class - (last year's class)
Mr. Warkentin's Class
Moturoa's Web Log
Mark Ahlness's 3rd grade writers - (last year's class)
Pam Lewis's 3rd graders
Clarence Fischer's 8th Graders
Julia Osteen 6th Grade Language Arts
Mrs. Brown's Middle Schoolers
Chris Champion's Computer Class Projects
Kimberly Brown's 6th and 7th graders
Brian McLaughlin's 9th Graders
Shehee's English 9 and 10 Same class: Night Wiki
Mr. G's 8th Graders
South Parish 5th Graders
AP Calculus
Mrs. Huff’s English Class
Ms. Smith’s Honors Class Blog
Mr. Stevens English Blog (with students
Mr. Fischer’s Blog – Wow…these are middle schoolers!
The Electronic Pencil- sixth grade story writers
Ms. Schwichtenberg's Classroom Blog - First Grade
Ms. Patty’s Pre-K Classroom
Grade 1 ESL
Grade 3 Blog Pals
Our Online ESL Classroom (Grade 5)
Mr. Barrett's Blogging Wiki with ideas for the classroom
Blogging 101 wiki