Welcome to the fourth post in the Class Blog series of free and open professional development for educators.
Perhaps the hardest part in setting up a class blog is getting the posts started!
In this challenge, you will:
- Be introduced to blog posts
- Consider who writes the class blog posts?
- Publish your first blog posts
- Learn how to teach students to write quality comment
Introduction to posts
Your posts are where you’ll publish your main content such as what’s been happening in class. assignment information, documents, and more. They are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order with the most recent post at the top of the page.
If you look closely at a post you will see it is normally made up of:
- Post Title – tells the reader what the post is about. A great post title grabs readers attention and is more likely to encourage them to read your post.
- Date published – all post display the date a post was published. You’ll normally see this displayed at the top of the post.
- Categories and tags - are used to help readers locate information in different ways.
- Your post content – this is the main information that you want to share or reflect on with your readers
- A link to comments - This is where your readers can click to write a comment in response to your post. Comments allow students, and other readers, to engage in discussions, share their thoughts and connect with your class blog.
Who writes the posts?
You’ll also need to consider how you want to involve the students. Do you want them just responding to comments on your posts. publishing their own posts on the class blog or publishing posts on their own blogs?
The best approach, regardless of their age, is to introduce blogging slowly in the following three steps:
Publishing your first posts
So it’s time to get you started!
When you first create a new blog, a ‘Hello World’ post is already created.
To edit it you go to Posts > All Post and then click on the Edit link that appears when you put your mouse over the ‘Hello World’ post.
Watch the video below to learn about Editing Posts
- Welcome to our Blog on 34′L Online Learning Space
- We’re up and running! on 5A3 Dragon’s Lair
- Welcome to the 2KM and 2KJ blog! on 2KM and 2KJ @ Leopold Primary School
- Welcome back 2011 on Mrs Yollis Classroom blog
- Happy New (School) Year on 110GS Grde 7/8 Virtual Classroom
- Weigh Anchor, off we go! oX) on Mr Miller’s Classroom blog
- Miss H’s Class questions about blogging – 2011 on Miss Hutchinson’s class – Room 3.14
- Digital citizenship ad Internet Safety on Mrs Martinez’s Class blog
- Blog first steps on Mrs Goucher’s Class blog
- Welcome to our class blog on Mrs Hamman’s Class blog
To write your next post you just go to Posts > Add New.
Check out the class blogs in the Student Blogging Challenge for ideas of what they post about!
Watch the video below to learn about Writing New Posts
- The differences between pages and posts
- Writing your first post
- Adding categories and tags to your posts
- Editing posts
Teaching students how to write quality comments
Comments are an important part of your class blog. Comments allow students, and other readers, to engage in discussions, share their thoughts and connect with your class blog.
Students really do need explicit instructions and guidelines, with constant reinforcement, to get the most out of writing comments. Without it you’ll find their comments very limited.
So how do you get them started?
Now create your own post or activity aimed at getting your students to develop their commenting skills.
Watch the video below to learn about Managing comments
- Introduction to comments and writing comments
- Controlling who can comment on posts
- Managing, editing and approving comments
- Writing links in Comments
Leave a comment with a link to your blog or with any questions you may have!
And we’d love to hear your tips about writing your first posts on class blogs and teaching students how to write quality comments!