What’s a Blog you say? Well you ARE reading one, of course. But the actual definition of a blog would be a “Web Log” or an online resource or journal that you use to share your thoughts and ideas. Creating a classroom blog is a great way to stay in communication with your students, parents and other educators about what your classroom is doing, assignments you have given, calendars, due dates, classroom news, student resources and more! You can use a blog to notify students of upcoming assignments, post pictures of your classes projects, answer students FAQ’s, create an archive of past years that become an invaluable resource for upcoming classes and so much more. A blog is not just a website, but a tool that can expland your classroom from within the boundaries of your 4 walls into an infinite world of learning and exploration.
How do you get started making a Classroom Blog?
There are many DIY blogging sites online. After a little bit of reasearch I was able to come up with a pretty good list of blog sites and teacher blog sites for you to peruse.
- Kidblog.org – This blogging site is MADE for students and teachers. Its one of the easiest to set up and is designed for teachers and students. If you are not websavvy – this is the blog for you. Kidblog is designed for K-12 teachers who want to provide each student with an individual blog. Students publish posts and participate in academic discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs and user accounts.
- EduBlogs – Only for education, safe & secure, classroom blogs, collaborate with other teachers and more
- EducatorPages – a free service which allows you to build your own free teacher website without the hassle of complicated programs and with little or no technical knowledge, right on the web!
- Blogger – Google Blogger, one of the best and easiest platforms to use. If you have a gmail or google account, you can go right to this site and sign up in under a minute.
- WordPress – WordPress is like the iPhone/Android of blogs. It is a free blogging program and is the most widely used. There are 2 versions of WordPress – the simple free version & the free version that you host yourself. This site is built on WordPress and is a fully functional blog hosted at Godaddy. You do not need to go through the process of hosting a blog, which can be tricky to set up if you are not very computer savvy. Instead just click the link and go to WordPress.com and sign up for a free simple WordPress blog. No committment, its free, and is constantly evolving.
So there you go! You have tons of sites to choose from, for all levels of blogging and experience. Join one and see what you can do to inspire your students and open up a whole new world of online teaching opportunities.