We’ve officially made progress on the student blogs! Now that they’ve been set up, the kids and I spent a couple of hours customizing and creating the websites that capture who they want to be online. I’m so happy to have responsible students that can learn with me as we work on this together.
What I love so far about the blogging is that the students are beginning to see how running a website works. On top of the digital citizenship focus, they’re learning how to use a dashboard to manage a blog from within. Even though they are operating under student blogs, they have full control over their own website. They have learned how to customize the theme, settings, and avatars for their blogs.
As the students have been posting their first blogs, we’ve been really focused on citing sources for any images used. The students understand the purpose and I’m hoping that it becomes second nature to them. Here’s an example of a picture credit in one of the student blogs:
We also decided to create commenting guidelines for the blogs. These help the students understand why they’re commenting and how to write constructive comments. I’m having hit or miss responses with this so far. Some students when I tell them to comment say things like “Hi!” or “I like your blog!” However, other students are doing a really great job at trying to continue the conversation.
Below are some examples of excellent student comments I’ve seen so far:
Overall my favorite part of this blogging experiment is how excited the students are. Whenever I announce that we’re working on our blogs, they become enthusiastic and start asking questions about ways they can customize their blogs. I’ve also had multiple students ask how they can access from home so they can keep working. So far, they continue to impress me and we’ve all learned so much already! I can’t wait for the students to begin reflecting on their learning now that they’ve set up the blogs.
To access our class blog, you can follow this link.