I began blogging with my students in 2008. Back then it was a ‘fun’ experiment and little did I know how many benefits and rich experiences would evolve.
Blogging is a fantastic way to strengthen the connections between home, school, and the world. The amount of learning that can happen through blogging is priceless. I believe the future of blogging is bright, as I elaborated on in my September, 2017 post: Are Blogs Dead?
Read more the reasons why teachers and students should blog in my 2018 summary.
Want To Start A Blog? What Platform Should You Use?
There are lots of places you can create a blog. Some are simple ‘drag and drop’ platforms but the pros rarely use these: anyone who is serious about blogging generally hosts their own blog using WordPress.org.
WordPress powers over 30% of the whole web and is a great choice for any blogger — beginner or advanced. I have written an article about the benefits of WordPress if you want to know more.
If you like the idea of using WordPress but don’t like the idea of hosting your own blog, there are options. I’ve been a fan of Edublogs for 10+ years because it’s based on WordPress, is customised for education, and you don’t have to worry about all the backend hosting and technical side of things.
If you’re a teacher in a government or Catholic school in Victoria, Australia, I definitely recommend setting up your class/teacher and/or student blogs on Global2. This is a free premium service powered by CampusPress — Edublogs sister service. I have used Global2 myself since 2008 and have found it to be excellent.
Highlights Of Posts I Have Written About Educational Blogging
I’ve written a lot about educational blogging over the years! If you’re looking for something in particular, leave a comment or contact me and I might be able to help you locate it.
Getting Started with Blogging
10 Ways To Introduce Your Students To Blogging (The Edublogger, September 2018)
Parents and Blogging
Edublogger’s Guide to Involving Parents with Blogs (The Edublogger, September 2017)
Blogging and the Curriculum
Posts About Student Blogs
100+ Ideas and Prompts for Student Blogging (The Edublogger, October 2017)
Different Approaches to Using Student Blogs and Digital Portfolios (The Edublogger, October 2017)
Blogging: Assessment and Data
Collaboration Through Blogging
The Edublogger’s Guide to Global Collaboration (The Edublogger, May 2018)
Permission, Privacy, and Blogging Guidelines
Obtaining Permission to Blog with Students (The Edublogger, August 2017)
Should Your Class or Student Blogs be Public or Private? (The Edublogger, January 2018)
Obstacles to Blogging and Using ICT
Teachers: Finding Time to Blog (The Edublogger, September 2017)
Using Images in Blog Posts
My Blogging Journey (The Edublogger, November 2017)
For more information about educational blogging visit The Edublogger. This site has been a wealth of information for me for many years, and I am now a contributor!
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