How many times have you visited another school and felt completely inspired and excited to try new things out in your own classroom? Would you believe us if we said that you could have that feeling of rejuvenation without even leaving your desk? This is the power of blogging.
Creating a blog is a chance to widen your teaching space and push your reach beyond the classroom door. It is a great way of sharing students’ work and develop skills for both them and you.
- Engaging parents – blogging is a great way to engage parents, especially working parents. They can log on and see what their child has been writing, this could provoke a discussion and deeper learning around a topic as parents will be more aware.
- Developing writing skills – Writing for a blog is a great way to encourage students to produce their best work. If they know that there is a real purpose for their writing and that it will be shared with a wider audience, they will ensure that their writing is the best it can be.
- Community Building – Sharing work between students and encouraging feedback and comments is vital for students development. The curriculum focuses on students editing and reviewing writing and making suitable suggestions to others; the use of a blog can promote this in a safe and encouraging way.
- ICT skills – We are living in a world where the majority of activities can be completed online. It is important that we develop students’ ICT skills such as typing, researching and uploading media; and blogging is a great way to do that. It is also the perfect environment to teach students about E-Safety, which appears in almost every ICT teaching program. Students can be taught how to be online-savvy in a safe, controlled environment.
- Professional Development – Blogging is a great way to develop the skills of giving feedback and reflection. Set high expectations of writing by only publishing high quality work and increase the impact of feedback in an easy, meaningful way for both teachers and students. You can also check out other blogs to gain ideas and inspiration for your own practice.
Night Zookeeper is a great way to introduce your students to blogging. Once they have completed a task, you can comment on it and then publish it to your class blog. This can then be shared with the rest of the class or school community.
Every week, our Night Zookeeper team scour the community looking for great work to include in the Night Times – our Global Blog. Work that features here is shared with our entire Night Zookeeper network, allowing students from all over the world to read, enjoy and comment on each other’s work. Your student will also receive a certificate if their work is uploaded.
Excited to get blogging? Here are some helpful videos that may help you get your Class Blog up and running.