Two Great Ways To Improve Blogging In The Elementary Classroom

1. Edublog’s Student Blogging Challenge

http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/

This is a 10 week challenge facilitated by Edublogs and is designed to improve the quality of your student’s blog postings, give a framework for leaving quality comments and offer an opportunity for students to connect with other students from around the world.

The challenge occurs twice a year in September and March.

Steps to participate:

  • Register your intent to participate.
    • Classes register here
    • Students register here
  • Register your email address with Edublogs here so you can receive weekly blogging challenges directly to your (or your students) inbox.
    • You can do this by entering your email address in the top right hand corner of the Student Blogging Challenge website under the heading, ‘Subscribe For Free.’

Students who use class blogs (teachers blog) are just as welcome as well as those who have individual blogs.

2. Quadblogging

http://quadblogging.net/

Quadblogging is designed to increase the amount of traffic to your student’s blogs, enabling them to write for a wider audience.  It also enables students to connect with teachers and students from around the world.  Opportunities like these really open up your classroom to global perspectives.

Steps to participate:

  • Sign up here.
  • Keep up with tweets @Quadblogging.
  • If you choose to lead a quad, then once you have been assigned your group, you will need to contact the other three schools and arrange a start date.
  • If you choose not to lead a group, once you been assigned a blog, wait for the quad leader to contact you.
I share the following two documents with my students which are designed to improve their blogging and commenting skills.  You may find them helpful with your students:
I Can Statements: Blogging
I Can Statements: Commenting

 

If you chose to take part, then please feel free to let me know how the project(s) went for you.  Also, if you are aware of any similar projects please leave a message in the comments section.

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