Blogs For Classrooms
Blogs are now easier to create than ever. There are many free blogging platforms, both free and commercial. Creating blogs should be very easy and there are tools that can offer us everything to get started. In many cases, it is acceptable to use free host like Blogger.com, but if the blog needs to be maintained for years, regardless of the changing students, then it may be necessary to use dedicated hosting. It is recommended to use WordPress, because it is free and can be equipped with different kinds of themes, plugins and widgets. Teachers may not b technically savvy individuals, so it is possible to achieve so many things with WordPress. Classroom blogs should help teachers to communicate with parents. Students could also display their tasks and projects. Teachers may upload downloadable copies of projects and assignments. It should also be easy to share resources with other teachers.
To keep things well organized, it is a good idea to put classroom blog as sub-domain of the main school website. However, if it isn’t possible, teachers could develop their own websites. Teachers should encourage students to add content and design their own pages. In general, it may not be necessary to make the website password protected, because a class blog should be open to public. If the blog is regularly maintained, students would love to visit the website to get new updates and assignment instructions. They can perform research or play any educational game. Other teachers and students from other classrooms could visit the website, so they can be inspired to make something similar. The blogosphere has revolutionized the Internet, by allowing regular visitor to participate in blogs and communicate with others.
Information and news are moving at the speed of light and bloggers could work only with their keyboard to deliver something important. Students will more likely read blogs when they find them beneficial. For this reason, teachers and students should jump on the blogging bandwagon, so they can new element to their educational process. Without blogs, students would only need to write standard responses to assignments. Now, it is possible to take their projects online and teachers can publish them at specified date, so each student can make comparison to improve their works. Blogs are good way for students to publish their entries and blogging is an opportunity to interact with one another. In the Internet, there are also all kinds of journals imaginable and it should be a good opportunity for students to take their journaling online.
Blogs allow students and parents to comment and provide inputs whenever possible. Teachers can provide responses and set up online environment that can make blogging a fun thing to do. There are many possibilities for blogs. It is easy for teachers to change themes whenever they want. Themes can be changed to accommodate science and social topics, according to recent trends. In the end, there are so many things students can have through proper blogging.