Our student blogging course starts on Monday March 17. Another course will be run later in the year if you want to add students then.
The course is run via an online classroom, so students need to be self motivated and fairly independent. They also need to want to have their own blog and have lots of ideas about posts they could put on their blog for others to read and comment on. The online class runs on Mondays from 1.30 till 4.30 so students can also join from home. Preferably they should have a headset with microphone whether they are in a computer lab with just their supervising teacher or working in the back of a classroom. There is a link to the online classroom under the active Tassie blogs on the sidebar. Feel free to join the class if you have any blogging questions.You will need to have Java on your computer.
If you have any work they need to do in class, you can ask them to add it to their blog if appropriate. This could include storywriting, poetry, art etc but no images of themselves.
Here is a list of the 12 things they need to complete in the first month of the course. Some will only take seconds, others half an hour. They can be completed during class or out of school hours if students have internet access at home.
- Be able to login quickly to your own blog and class blog if you have one.
- Update your profile including change your password and the display name.
- Settings – blog title, tagline, timezone, add teacher as administrator
- Plugin – activate compfight plugin and change settings for short side
- About me page for your visitors to read – remember no personal information
- Left two comments on the main student bloggers blog
- Changed your theme
- Written at least two posts
- Edublog widgets organized on your sidebar
- Make at least 3 comments on other student blogs from this online class
- Added your clustrmap, a clock and a pet widget
- Create and upload your avatar
All posts and comments will be moderated and not published until checked by me or their supervising teacher.
If you are interested in having some or all of your students with their own blog (great as a portfolio if in a 1:1 school), feel free to get in touch with me so I can show you how to set up your student blogs.