Educational Blogging

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. 

My 2012/2013 class blog was http://4kmand4kj.global2.vic.edu.au I have been on family leave from full time teaching since 2013.

Educational blogging is something that I am very passionate about. The amount of learning that can happen through a class blog is priceless.

Blogging is a fantastic way to strengthen the connections between home, school and the world.

Read more about the benefits of classroom blogging on a 2017 feature post on The Edublogger: Ten Reasons Every Educator Should Start Blogging.

Check out this video I made with my grade two students to explain the benefits of blogging.

Can’t see the video? You can view it directly on YouTube.

Links to Other Posts I Have Written About Educational Blogging

Getting Started with Blogging

Five Steps to Starting a Class Blog

Getting Started With Global2 (this is a guide for the Edublogs CampusPress platform which is free for educators and students in Government and Catholic schools in Victoria, Australia)

10 tips on how to introduce blogging into your classroom

Parents and Blogging

Edublogger’s Guide to Involving Parents with Blogs (published on The Edublogger, September 2017)

Parents Shining in the Blogging Community

Family Blogging Afternoon

Blogging Tips

21 Mistakes You Could be Making on Your Class or Teacher Blog

Blogging and the Curriculum

Blogging and the Literacy Curriculum

There’s Blogging and There’s Blogging…

Integrating Blogging into the Curriculum

Posts about Student Blogs

Student Blogs: Digital Portfolios

Quality Student Blogs Part One – Posts

Quality Student Blogs Part Two – Post Topics

Tips and Topics for Student Bloggers

Setting Up Student Blogs

Memorable Student Blogging Moment

Blogging: Assessment and Data

Developing Blogging Skills: Simple Rubric

Literacy Skills: How Far They’ve Come!

Collaboration through Blogging

Connecting with Other Classes Through Blogging

QuadBlogging Video

QuadBlogging

Blogging: Collaboration Corner

Permission, Privacy and Blogging Guidelines

Obtaining Permission to Blog with Students (published on The Edublogger, August 2017)

Rules and Guidelines for My Class Blog

Why I Think Blogs Should be Open

Obstacles to Blogging and Using ICT

Teachers: Finding Time to Blog (published on The Edublogger, September 2017)

Overcoming Obstacles

Follow Up: Overcoming Obstacles

Commenting

Quality Blogging and Commenting Meme

Attracting Blog Comments

Editing Students Blog Comments

Blogging: Teaching Commenting Skills

Teaching Quality Commenting (guest post for Edublogs Teacher Challenge)

Using Images in Blog Posts

Photo Slideshows in Blog Posts

Instructions for Using Creative Commons Images in Blog Posts

General

Making Educational Blogging Work for You (guest post for Free Technology for Teachers)

Student Centred Blogging

Grade Two Students Blogging with Purpose in the Local Community

Blogging with Very Young Students

Blogging and Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

My Blogging Journey

The Edublogger

For more information about educational blogging visit the The Edublogger blog. This site has been a wealth of information for me for many years, and I am now a contributor!


32 Comment

  1. Karen says: Reply

    Thank you so much for kindly sharing your wealth of knowledge with us all.
    I have found your site incredibly helpful.

    Sincere thanks again:)

    1. Hi Karen, so glad you find it useful! Enjoy blogging!

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  5. Irene says: Reply

    Hi Kathleen,
    I’m starting a class blog with my year 2 class this year. This is my first to have a class blog. Your website is just wonderful. It’s full of information for people like me who are starting a class blog for the first time.
    I was just wandering if I could use/borrow your blogging information note to give to the parents in my class?
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with all of us!

    1. Mrs Kathleen Morris says: Reply

      Hi Irene,

      Go ahead and good luck with blogging this year! I’m sure your kids will get a lot out of it.

      Kath

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  9. Ms Morrison says: Reply

    Hi Kathleen,
    I was wondering what is the easiest way to add videos to blogs. Are there any programs you would recommend? We have tried Vimeo and uploading to YouTube but we would like something more simple that the students could use easily themselves. We would like the videos to be viewable on pcs as well as iPads.
    By the way, you have provided inspiration to many teachers at our school. We have introduced blogging this year and the information you supply on your blog has been a great support for staff.
    Thank you on behalf of all at St Peters Hoppers Crossing.
    Regards,
    Sally Morrison

    1. Mrs Kathleen Morris says: Reply

      Hi Sally,

      Thanks so much for your kind words!

      Unfortunately I don’t have a great answer for your video question. I have found the best program to be SchoolTube which I have written a review of here http://www.teachgennow.com.au/2011/07/41-schooltube/ Children can upload their own videos, however, mine don’t. I use Vimeo and YouTube from time to time too. SchoolTube, Vimeo and YouTube should all be viewable on iDevices.

      Are you on Twitter? If not, that is an amazing place to ask the education community questions. Someone might have a better answer than me?

      Cheers,
      Kathleen

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  12. Kelly Summerfeldt says: Reply

    Hi Mrs Morris,

    My name is Kelly, I am a 1st year Early Childhood and Primary Education student at Australian Catholic University in Brisbane. I am currently doing some research for a tutorial presentation on parent/teacher partnerships. I was looking into blogs as a method of communication and stumbled upon your blog. I love it! My daughter is in year 2 and I would love this to be used in her school – from a parents point of view I think it is awesome, however from a pre-service teachers point of view I think it would be an invaluable aid in maintaining partnerships with parents.

    I was wondering if you would mind if I included a link on my power point presentation to your class blog so that I can show my fellow class mates an example of an awesome blog? I would be shown to approx. 30 fellow students and my lecturer only.

    Would you mind if I did this?

    Thank you kindly,

    Kelly

    1. Mrs Kathleen Morris says: Reply

      Hi Kelly,

      That’s fine! My blog is open for anyone to look at.

      Thanks so much for your kind words and good luck with your presentation!

      Kathleen

  13. Teresa Morgan says: Reply

    Dear Mrs Morris,
    My name is Teresa and I am a 3rd year, per-service teacher at the University of Southern Qld. I am currently enrolled in EDC3100-ICT and pedagogy.
    For this course I am to design a digital artifact discussing the impact of ICTs in the classroom environment. I have chosen to research blogging. I would love to use your class blog as a screen shot in my assignment, as well as discussing how you integrate blogging into your classroom learning. May I have your permission to include your blog in my assignment please?
    Once I have completed my digital artifact I will post the link to the website that I have created so that you can see what I have done. You can also follow my learning journey at http://teresamorgan.edublogs.org/
    I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and use of blogging with us.
    Kind regards,
    Teresa Morgan.

    1. Mrs Kathleen Morris says: Reply

      Hi Teresa,

      That’s fine. Good luck with your assignment!

      Kathleen

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  17. Amy Byrne says: Reply

    Hi Kathleen,
    I’ve been following your blogging journey for awhile now, both on your teacher blog and your Yr 2 and Yr 4 classroom blogs. What you are doing is so inspiring and I have finally taken the leap this year to start a classroom blog with my students. I am essentially piloting the concept for my school and have found all your ideas, documents and posts SO helpful. I know on your classroom blog you say that people are welcome to your parent notes, guidelines etc as long as they attribute – I have done so but just wanted to also say a huge thank you. I have used your exemplary blog to convince my school of how worthwhile blogging is, and to give the parents at school an idea of what a blog can look like and the numerous benefits. I have already received some permission notes back from parents, I’ll be running a short info session to answer questions and my kids are getting really excited. Thank you for inspiring me in this journey!
    Amy Byrne
    Canberra, ACT

    1. Mrs Kathleen Morris says: Reply

      Hi Amy,

      Great to hear from you and thanks for your kind words. I’m really happy to hear you’ve started blogging with your students and you’ve found the parent notes etc useful.

      Good luck with your blogging journey. I love your enthusiasm!

      Kathleen

  18. Jessica Frois says: Reply

    Hi Kathleen,
    The information you have about blogging is fantastic. I’ve recently started a class blog with my year 3/4 class. I’m learning as I go along and refer to your webpage when I need a hand. Just wondering if you will have some sort of Professional Development over the holidays or even a chance to chat to see if I’m heading in the right direction?
    Thanks
    Jess Frois
    Melbourne, VIC

    1. Mrs Kathleen Morris says: Reply

      Hi Jess,

      Thanks so much for your comment and I’m so happy to hear you’ve started blogging. I would love to run a PD or something but I’m heading off for maternity leave soon as I’m expecting a baby in July. Sorry I can’t help this time!

      Good luck!
      Kathleen

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  20. J Carter-McFarlin says: Reply

    I had not considered starting a classroom blog for my fifth grade class until I read your blog. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Mrs Kathleen Morris says: Reply

      That’s great to hear. Good luck!

  21. Nelly Rahman says: Reply

    wow! great news for every student. Thanks for share.

  22. jackstace says: Reply

    heyy!! Kathleen..
    this is an amazing work .The depth of information here is very impressive you outdid yourself..I read each ans every word of your blog..its superinformative.

    Thanks for helping all I can definitely say this information has been very helpful..
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