I am currently in the process of introducing my new Grade Two students to blogging. As this is a new concept for many students and parents I have prepared two handouts to send home to families.
Feel free to check out the PDF versions of these files by clicking on the links.
Sue Waters has just written an excellent post about blogging in the classroom. She talks about the progression you would generally follow with blogging from
- having students simply comment on your class blog posts
- having students write posts on the class blog
- having students set up their own blog
Sue notes that with each of these steps comes an increase in student engagement. From my experience I believe this to be very true.
I like to follow the above steps however, as my students are only in Grade Two, I have only had one student so far who I have helped set up his own blog. This was due to his enormous competence and enthusiasm for blogging.
In my class, the second step of “posting on the class blog” can mean helping me to write a post on the IWB or independently writing up a post on using the classroom computers. In my experience, not all of my Grade 2 students would be able to do the latter but I do like to provide this opportunity to my more capable students as they become more competent with blogging.