Introduction

Blogging is a powerful Web 2.0 tool that will allow your students to enter into a dialogue that enhances their learning through conversation and collaboration. Whilst it is more one sided than a wiki which can be more of a true collaboration, a blog allows students to reflect and share knowledge and engage in meaningful conversations. There are many formats a blog can take and different ways to embed it into the learning experience and engagements.

What is blogging?

Kathleen McGeady has this to say about blogging.

Resources

Bud the teacher has a wide range of blogging resources including letters to parents and more.

Modeling

How do I go about embedding this in student learning?
How much you need to model and set up the process of blogging depends on a few factors:
1. Students past experience
2. Age of students
3. Access to technology
4. Teacher expectations
5. School wide expectations

In elementary school it is a good idea to follow an implementation like this.
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Guidelines

You will need to come up with a set of guidelines for

Commenting

Linda Yollis has this good description about how to teach commenting.
Students need to follow our blogging guidelines which we created as a class. Here is the 2009-10 guidelines.
I have also created commenting guidelines with my students to follow and a rubric.


Connecting with others

A blog really becomes a learning community when you can connect your bloggers to an authentic audience. This can be done through your class, school or with classes around the world. Below are some places you can connect up.

Blogging Challenge

Edublogs challenge - March Class blogs / Student blog

Reading

[[http://www.amazon.com/Blogs-Wikis-Podcasts-Powerful-Classrooms/dp/1412927676 |Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classroom]] s by Will Richardson