The link provided in the syllabus is a bit old and the site has vanished into the abyss of the internet, so I’ve just come up with a few ways to use blogs in the class and separated them by the group who benefits.
- Create a portfolio throughout the year.
- Share materials, such as rough drafts, with other students in order to get feedback.
- Daily journal reflecting on the lesson.
- Provide students with current course material in a convenient format.
- Create an anonymous space for class discussions.
- Start question chains where a student answers a question the teacher posts and then posts one of their own for another student to answer.
- Go further into topics when there isn’t enough time in class.
- Keep in touch with parents, students and teachers about upcoming events.
- Create a photo blog of events.
- Provide an easy way to comment on upcoming changes to school curriculum and encourage parents to make their voice heard.
- Use school and teacher blogs to keep track of what students are learning.
- Take an active role in school events by posting comments.
- Take an active role in the class when teachers ask for parent input on a subject or a situation.
- Inform parents and staff of upcoming PTA meetings and ways the district might be changing.
Keeping the class safe when blogging:
Teacher’s and students share their experiences: