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Welcome to our free professional learning series on class and student blogging!

This series guides you step-by-step through the process of class and student blogging.  It provides class blog examples so you can check out how they are used by educators.  Many of the examples are from primary grades but the same principles apply regardless of student age (including adult learners).

Refer our personal blogging series if you want to set up a personal or professional educator’s blog.

The activities can be completed at your own pace and in any order.

Wherever you’re at — we’ll step you through the tasks designed to increase your skills while providing help to support your learning.  Don’t stress, have fun, and remember to ask for help by leaving a comment any time you need assistance.  You can also contact our support team. 

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We have an optional PDF workbook that will help to keep you on track and focused as you work through the 11 steps of this course. Scroll down and click on the ‘download’ button under the document to save it to your computer.

The aim of this first activity is to:

  • Help you learn more about what is a blog and why educators use blogs.
  • Help you set up your class blog, customize your settings, and change your theme.

What is a blog?

One of the biggest challenges educators new to blogging face is understanding the basics of how a blog works.

We made this quick intro video to explain.

We recommend you start by watching this video.

We’ve included explanations of key blogging vocabulary which will help as you work through this series including Footers, Headers, Menus, Pages, Posts, Comments, Sidebars, Theme, and Widgets.  For a simple follow-up activity, check out this blogging vocabulary crossword.

Feel free to share this video on your own blogs with students, teachers, parents, or anyone else.  Later in this series, we show you how easy it is to add videos to your blog.


Have you caught on to the Kahoot! craze? It’s a free tool that allows you to create and play engaging learning games (called Kahoots).

The multiple-choice questions appear on the screen in the classroom and students submit their responses in real time using their computer, tablet, or mobile device. Students can work in teams and can work for points (most correct answers and quickest responses).

It’s a lot of fun!

We’ve made an Introduction To Blogging Kahoot. It goes over some of the key terms, vocabulary, and uses of blogs. There are 15 multiple choice questions.

Screenshot Kahoot Intro To Blogging

How To Play Our Blogging Kahoot

To access the Kahoot, click on this link.

You don’t need an account to play, however; you will need to log in if you want to edit the quiz (we encourage you to adapt it for your own students if necessary).

You also need to be signed in to save results.

You’ll have the option for your students to play against each other individually (classic mode) or in teams.

Play as classic or team mode Kahoot

You’ll also have a variety of game options you can play around with (see below).

Once you finalize your selections, a game pin number will show up. Students will go to the Kahoot app on their device, or to https://kahoot.it/ and enter the pin number to begin!

Game options for kahoot

Defining a blog

Defining exactly “What is a blog?” is becoming harder to answer as the lines between blogs, websites, ePortfolios, and other online spaces blur.

What is a blog?

A blog is simply a blank canvas that you can use in any way to meet your needs and the needs of your students and school community.

Why educators use blogs

The main reasons why educators use blogs include:

  • To share information and class news with parents, family, and caregivers.
  • To provide students with a way to access assignments, homework, resources, and information about their class online.
  • For global collaboration and authentic audiences.
  • To inspire and motivate students.

The benefits of class blogging include:

  • Having an authentic audience
  • Covering new and traditional literacies
  • Forming home-school connections
  • Covering digital citizenship authentically
  • Providing an online home for digital and analog creations
  • Developing thinking and reflection
  • Building a classroom community
  • Developing essential ICT skills

Read more about the benefits of blogging for students and teachers.

Here are some teacher reflections on the benefits of class blogging summarized from The State of Educational blogging in 2017/2018.

  • Blogging opens up the possibilities of an audience in new ways. When students are writing or publishing for an audience other than the teacher, it impacts how they view what they are doing and the intrinsic motivation they have.
  • Students love seeing their work on the internet and adore getting comments from people. It motivates them to write as it gives them an audience that is real. The blog opens up a whole new world of people who can offer encouragement and feedback.
  • The blogging experience forces the students to do more reflection on their learning and allows them to showcase products they have produced with online tools.
  • Blogging provides an authentic educational experience, where what they write is not only seen and commented on by their teacher, but by their peers and the “public.” For most students, it’s a bit of extra motivation knowing their peers will see their work.
  • There is an authentic audience – a global audience – one that is willing to connect, share, challenge, discuss and communicate with classes. This audience can provide further information, opinions, suggest resources, seek answers to questions and so on which pushes blogging further.
  • Blogging develops a learning network. Exercise books etc. need not be pushed and crumpled in school lockers only to be placed in the rubbish bins at the end of the school year, but student work is out there for their school lives.

Examples of class blogs

Your class blog is what extends your class beyond the four walls of your classroom.  As you get going, you’ll soon decide the kinds of content, information and connections you want to make.

Here are examples of class blogs to check out for ideas:

  1. Swoop Into Kindergarten – Kindergarten
  2. Mrs. Mooney’s Class Blog – Grade 1
  3. Team 2 Eagles – Grade 2
  4. Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom blog – Grade 3
  5. The Cross Chronicles – Grade 3
  6. Baldock and Grantham Class blog – Grade 3
  7. Terrific 4T Learners – Grade 4
  8. Mrs. Moore’s Class blog – Grade 4
  9. Krebs Class Blog – Grade 5
  10. Westwood with Iford Orchid Class Blog – Grade 5/6
  11. The Electronic Pencil – Grade 6
  12. Huzzah – Grade 6/7
  13. Mrs. Kriese’s Class Blog – Year 7
  14. Room 5 – Year 8
  15. Ogle Elementary Library
  16. Jurupa Hills High School Photography
  17. Year 12 ATAR English
  18. Mr Cartlidge’s Science Blog – High School
  19. St. Charles Borromeo School Blog – Primary
  20. The Edublogger class blog list – includes Maths, Science, English, History, LOTE, EFL /ESL, Library, school news blogs and more!

Sign up for your class blog

Your first step if you don’t currently have your own blog, or you would like to use a new blog for this challenge, is to sign up for a blog.

You can use any blogging platform you would like including EdublogsWordPress, and Blogger, however, when we write detailed instructions they will refer to Edublogs and CampusPress blogs.  You will be able to adapt this information to the blogging platform you are using.

Here are some important things to consider before creating your blog:



Your username is what you use to sign into your blog dashboard and is displayed on posts and comments you write.

While you can’t change your username, most blog platforms do allow you to change how your name is displayed on posts and comments.

Most teachers don’t allow students to use their first and last name online and it is common for them to model this by using display names like Miss W or  Mrs. Waters.

Blog URL (Domain)

During the creation of your blog, you have to select a URL for it.  When you want others to visit your blog you give them the URL link of your blog.  For example, the URL for the Teacher Challenge blog is http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/

Think carefully about your blog URL.

Once your blog has an established audience you’re less likely to want to change your blog URL.  Ideally, you want to keep your blog URL short, easy to remember, and flexible so you can reuse your URL for several years.

For example, blog URLs that include your classroom number or the year mean that you’re less likely to use the same blog URL again next year.  Most educators re-use their class blog each year because:

  • It saves time and is easier.
  • It provides a record of previous years’ work to share with students and/or a resource the teacher can refer to.

A simple option is to use your name in the blog URL as these educators did:

  1. Mr. Baldock’s Class blog (http://mrbaldock.edublogs.org)
  2. Mrs. Moore’s Class blog ( http://blogs.goaj.org/amoore/ )

Or use something unique that has meaning like Huzzah (http://huzzah.edublogs.org).

Blog Title

Your blog title is one of the first things a reader sees when visiting your blog.  Choose a name that reflects the purpose of your class blog and is something your students can relate to.

But don’t stress too much!  You can always change your blog title any time via Settings > General in your dashboard.

Some teachers organize a class activity so students can help choose the blog title.

Check out The Edublogger class blog list for ideas!

Blog Title

Blog Privacy

Blog privacy controls who can and can’t view your blog.

There is a wide range of opinions on whether blogs should be public or private.  55 % of student blogs on Edublogs are public and can be viewed by anyone and 45 % of student blogs are private and restricted to specific readers.

Public vs private

The pros of posting on public blogs

  • Students are writing for a real audience – not just the teacher
  • With no passwords to keep up with, parents and relatives can simply access the work
  • When students know anyone can see their work, they will try harder
  • Students can easily share with their peers using social media and other means
  • Visitors from down the hall or around the world can comment and collaborate

You lose out on connections, extended dialogues, and the motivating factor of working for an authentic purpose when blogs are made private.

Concerns of posting on public blogs

School administrators, who are rightfully risk-adverse, often immediately say that no public posting is allowed.  Teachers, afraid of potential headaches due to students saying something inappropriate, bullying, or not having total control also get nervous about allowing students to publish freely online.

Some parents can feel uncomfortable with their child publishing content on a public blog and there are some family situations where a student needs to use a private blog.  Providing a detailed parent handout with a blogging consent form helps parents understand why you are using a blog and lets parents provide feedback for their child.  We cover handouts and consent forms in Step 6.

Changing blog privacy

Blog privacy on the class blog is set in Settings > Reading.

The three most common privacy options used on Class blogs are:

Allow search engines to index this site Allows anyone to read the content of your blog and for your blog to be indexed by search engines such as Google.
Discourage search engines from indexing this site

Allows anyone who knows your blog URL to read your blog content while blocking web crawlers so that your blog is not indexed by search engines such as Google.

You use this option if you want to keep your blog public so your content can easily be read but want to limit it to only people who know your blog URL.

Anyone that visits must first provide this password Used if you want to restrict who can read your blog content to only people who know the password.  This is the best privacy option to use on a private blog if you want parents, students, and other teachers to easily view your blog without having to log into an account.

Create your blog

Now you’ve done all the research it’s time to create your blog!  All you need to do is follow these instructions if you would like to set up your blog on Edublogs.

Alternately, check out The State of Educational Blogging 2017/2018 to read more about the different blog platforms used by educators.

Prefer a video guide? This 15 minute tutorial is a simple orientation to blogging.

Update your Profile

Your Profile page is where you can control the global settings for your username including where you set up your display name, change your password and email address.

It’s worth spending time quickly learning how to update your profile so you’ll be able to explain the steps to your students.

Your Profile is most commonly used to update display name, password and email address so we’ll focus on this.  You’ll notice there are lots of personal settings options in Your Profile and you can read more about each personal setting here.

Here’s how to update your Profile:

1.  Log into your blog dashboard.

2.  Go to Users > Your Profile in your blog dashboard.

Your Profile

3. Scroll to near the bottom of the page to Name area.

4.  Add your first name and last name.

  • Students should only ever use their first name and the initial of their last name online or a pseudo-name.

Name area

5.  Click on the drop-down arrow and select your preferred publicly displayed name.

Select your preferred name

6.  Now scroll to the bottom of the page to the new password field.

Change your password by clicking on Generate Password.

Generate password

You can either use this automatically generated password or replace it with your own password.

Generate password

There is no need to update your password (unless you want to).  We just wanted to show you how it is done.

7.  Now just click on Update Profile to apply the changes.

Remember to always click on Update Profile whenever you make any changes on Your Profile page!

Upload your user avatar

Your avatar is an online representation of you.

The user avatar is also known as your comment avatar.  You upload the user avatar via Users > Your Avatar and it displays in places where you leave comments and next to posts you publish on some themes.

The default avatar set in Settings > Discussions is automatically displayed next to comments you leave unless you upload your own avatar.

Below is an example of a user avatar next to a comment.

Avatar example

There are a few tricks to setting up your user avatar so it’s worth setting it up now so you can demonstrate to your students later and will know what to do if they have any issues.

You upload your avatar as follows:

1.  Select a photo or create your avatar using an online tool.

Schools often don’t allow students to use photos of themselves on blogs so teachers often get their students to create avatars that are representative of them.  You’ll find a list of online tools and ideas for creating avatars here.

2.  Resize your image to 200 pixels wide by 200 pixels high.

3.  Go to Users > Your Avatar.

Your avatar

4.  Click on Browse and locate the avatar you want to upload.

5.  Click on Upload.

Upload your photo

6.  Move the crop area to one corner, then expand the crop area to include your full image and click Crop image.

Resize your avatar

7.  Now when you view a post where you’ve left a comment you will see your new comment avatar.

Important tips:

  1. If you change your avatar and still see the old avatar it may be your web browser remembering your old image.
  2. Hold the Ctrl key and press F5 to clear your browser cache or right mouse click and select Refresh or Reload.

Check your settings

The General Settings is where you configure the broad settings of your blog including your blog title, tagline, blog admin email address, and timezone.

The most important setting to update in General Settings is your timezone.  Educators often assume that blogs are automatically created set to their timezone and weeks later wonder why the post and comments date and times are weird.

The other important thing to consider is the blog admin email address.  This email address is where all comment moderation emails are sent, and is used for payment receipts (if you are an Edublogs Pro subscriber).  If you would like to receive comment moderation emails then we recommend you add your email address.

You’ll find more information on the configurations options in General Settings here.

Here’s how to change your timezone:

1.  Go to Settings > General.


2.  Select your timezone from the drop-down menu option.


3.  Click Save Changes.

Customize your blog theme

Your theme is what controls the look and appearance of your blog; it’s what people see when they visit your blog.

This is how you give your class blog its personal touch.

Like most things in life, first impressions count.

Great blog themes make good impressions on readers so that visitors are more likely to check out your blog.  Overwhelming themes detract from your blog content and make visitors less likely to read your content.

Every newly created blog normally has the same default theme.  The last thing you want is to look like all the other blogs.

Customizing your blog theme is normally one of the first things most people want to do when they first log into their blog.

So let’s finish off getting your class blog started by showing you how to customize your theme!

Using the theme customizer

Ready to change your theme?

Great!  It’s really easy.  Using the customizer you can customize your theme and see the results in real time before activating the theme.

Customizer video

Here’s how to change your theme using the theme customizer:

1.  Go to Appearance > Themes


2.  Click on ‘Live Preview‘ below the theme you want to use.

Click on Live Preview

Or if you want to customize your current theme, click on ‘Customize‘ under the current theme.

Click on Customize

3.  This loads the customizer.  Now all you do is work through the control panels on the left to customize the theme to preview the theme changes in real time before activating it on your blog.

4.  Once you’re happy with the changes you just click ‘Save & Publish’.

The customizer

Below’s a quick summary of each customizer control panel:

Control Panel

We recommend you leave the static front page set to ‘Latest Posts’.

Most class blogs use a blog post page for their homepage and we’ll explain why you might use a static page in Step 2: Setting up pages.

You’ll find more detailed information on using the customizer here.

Upload custom header image

Almost all our themes include an option to upload your own custom image header.

A custom image header is a great way of adding your “own personal touch” to your class blog.

You upload your own custom header image as follows:

1.  Click on Add new image in the header image section of the customizer.

Click on Add Image

2.  Choose an image from your media library or upload a new image from your computer.

  • Only .jpeg, .gif, and .png files can be used for image headers.
  • For best results, we recommend you re-size the image to the exact dimensions recommended for the theme before uploading using an image editing program.

Select image

3.  Click on Select and Crop.

Save and publish

4.  Click on Crop image.

Crop image

5.  Your new header image should appear in your blog preview window.

6.  Click Save & Publish on the Customizer to activate the new header on your blog.

Save and publish

Want more advice about making your own custom header image? Check out this tutorial from Stef Galvin. 

Upload background image

On many themes, much like custom header images, you can add images to your blog’s background.  A background image is another great way of adding that personal touch to your class blog.

You upload your own custom background image as follows:

Click on Background Image in the Customizer.

  • If you don’t see the Background Image section in the Customizer it means the theme doesn’t support this option.

Click on Background

3.  Click on Add new image.

4.  Choose an image from your media library or upload a new image from your computer.

  • Only .jpeg, .gif, and .png files can be used.

Add your image

5.  Click on Choose Image.

Click on Choose Image

Once you have selected an image the background image options will appear:

  • Background repeat:  controls if the background image is repeated.  Choices are:
    • No Repeat — background image is only displayed once on the page.
    • Tile — background image is tiled horizontally and vertically.
    • Tile horizontally — background image only repeats horizontally.
    • Tiled vertically — background image only repeats vertically.
  • Background position:  allows you to control the position of the background image.  Options are left, center, and right.
  • Background attachment: determines if you want the image to scroll with the content or to remain ‘fixed’ in place when a reader scrolls down the page.

For best results we recommend you use Tile, left and Scroll.

6.  Your new background image should appear in your blog preview window.

7.  Click Save & Publish on the Customizer to activate the new background on your blog.

Click Save and Publish

Frequently Asked Theme Questions

These are some of questions around themes that we’re commonly asked.

1.  Can I upload my own theme?

Because of the way blog platforms like Edublogs, WordPress.com, and Blogger work, you can only use the themes provided and can’t upload your own custom themes.  Most themes are designed to work on single installs and many don’t work or can have compatibility issues on blog platforms.

Remember that custom image headers and backgrounds are a very effective way of customizing your theme to meet your needs.

2.  How do I change the font color, font size, and text color?

Some themes have extensive theme customization options which aren’t supported by the theme customizer.

They often include options to change font color, font size, and text color.

These types of themes add a theme option menu item under Appearance once the theme is activated.

To do more extensive customization you just need to go to Appearance > Theme Options.

You can also change font type, size and color in posts or on pages using the Supreme Google Webfonts plugin.

Your Task

Blogging is about sharing, collaborating, and learning from each other. Here’s your chance to ask a question, comment, and get involved!

Complete the following tasks:

  1. Visit some of the blogs on the examples of class blog list then leave a comment on this post to tell us which were your favorite class blog(s) on the list and why.
  2. Read through the most recent comments in reply to this step and leave a response to another person’s comment.

Remember to leave a link to your blog in your comment so we can have a look!

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    • Hi Vicki,
      I look forward to following what you get up to with your blog! Great theme too 🙂

      • Kathleen Morris
  1. I visited Encino Park GT class blog. I really like the landing page arrangement – similar to Pinterest. Very easy to see what students are learning (pictures), and the posts include enough information to understand the topics. A very good model.

  2. Greetings from Rome. I am just starting putting together an online course and found that Edublog is a great way to connect with my dance students in Canada (http://danceplus.edublogs.org/)
    I have been looking at the blogs and have been inspired by the range of educational tools teachers have developed. I am just starting with mine, with a due date to launch in January. I am not new to Edublogs but I appreciate learning how to improve my blog.
    I liked MrCartlidge Science Blog as it provides great support for learning, with added resources for those who want or need it. The tags are super helpful to find resources and the blog is well laid out, making it easy to navigate through the different categories of subjects. Another fav is the Jurupa Hills High School photography class (cauchonphotoclass). The medium is a wonderful way to display students’ work and the variety of self-expression produced in class.

    • Liza Z. Kovacs
    • Hi Liza,
      Great to connect with you. I don’t think I’ve seen a dance blog before so this will be an interesting one to follow!

      • Kathleen Morris
      • Hi Kathleen! Thank you for the response. Obviously this blog is not a technique class which requires physical practice but it is related! I am putting the blog together for a goal setting exercise, asking students to identify their SMART goals, choosing ways to put into place strategies to reach them and guiding them to create a portfolio to show for the 8 weeks’ work. The teaching will be done in French but I have included a description in English on the landing home page to give you an idea of what I am up to.

        • That all sounds fantastic, Liza. I look forward to following your progress!

          • Kathleen Morris
  3. My new blog is called “Llepolies” (“candy” in catalan) and I would like to use it to make a literary magazin with my little students.


    • It looks like you’re off to a great start. Well done!

      • Kathleen Morris
  4. I have visited The Electronic Pencil blog and I really enjoyed it! As a language teacher I appreciate a lot teachers that share their projects and works. I think it’s a good idea to approach our students to learning with traditional and virtual games. They are more engagged and interested and they learn more!

    • I really like The Electronic Pencil blog too. The teacher responsible for that blog also has a popular professional blog. Sometimes he writes more of the background on the activities he’s doing with students. The teacher is called Kevin Hodgson and this is the URL https://dogtrax.edublogs.org/

      • Kathleen Morris
  5. Swoop Into Kindergarten is one of my favorite blogs! I like how the introduction of different cultures is utilized and the various learning opportunities the children are experiencing, while at school or on a field trip. Sharing what is created in their classroom allows for other educators to gather ideas to do with their students.

    The other blog is Jurupa Hills High School Photography. There is so much talent and creativity. A very good outlet for students to express their thoughts, creativity, and talents!

    • Charisse Snell
  6. I love Larry Ferzallo’s blog because I always get great ideas for my students.

  7. I just read the Huzzah blog (http://huzzah.edublogs.org/) mostly because I was drawn to the name. But the theme, layout, style, and diverse content really appealed to me. I think the theme I chose initially is going to be best for my blog but I considered using the Huzzah theme because of its attractive and clean navigation.

    • The theme name of the huzzah.edublogs.org is Suits.

  8. I’ve noticed that the cropping feature for custom headers changes based on something, perhaps the base resolution of the picture. On some pictures, even using the default crop size, extends the picture beneath the header and into content. I’ve been able to find enough photos to create a good random header generation, but I’d like more consistency in the picture crops.

    • HellO! I saw your blog and the recommended header size is written in the Customizer – it’s 500x 150px. The media library does not have an image of this size.

      • Thank you – so I need to upload pics of a certain dimension even before cropping?

        • Cropping is an extra step that can be skipped – you can upload directly in the recommended size or adjust to recommended size in cropping, whichever way is best for you.

  9. I am certainly learning a lot about blogging! While technology is my “thing” and easily understood with me, this is my first experience with blogging. After looking at the suggested blogs, I now have so many ideas as to what and how to blog. I hope to soon be able to having a classroom full of bloggers.

    • alamedaenglish8
    • I’m trying it out again after doing it once before. I have the same wishes as you.

    • This is my first time blogging as well. I want to provide our students an opportunity to showcase their writing. Something like this has not been accomplished publicly, only locally. So, I hope this will take off for our students. I was excited with seeing all of the many ideas that were on the other blogs. My head started swimming with so many things that can be done through this tool.

      • Charisse Snell
    • Students really like writing in blogs because they are doing “real” things and they will be able to use it in the futur. So it’s sure you will have lots of bloggers!

  10. I love them all! It’s so impressive to have student videos and photos for parents and the world to see their hard work. I loved the point Mrs Kreise made about allowing students to show off their writer’s craft lessons through topics they choose.
    Find our class blog at http://colorfulclassroom.edublogs.org

  11. I looked at several blogs and liked all the different ways to create a class blog. I especially liked Mrs. Yollis’ blog and Terrific 4T Learners blogs. I just want to start slow and then build from there.

    • Starting slow sounds like a great plan. Good luck!

      • Kathleen Morris
  12. I liked so many for different reasons! I liked Terrific 4T Learners setup!

  13. I am new to blogging, so I enjoyed looking at all the blogs. I have made note of some great ideas for later when we are a little more confident in our abilities. I am looking forward to completing the Teacher Challenge as a way to improve my blogging knowledge and ability.

    • It’s great to gather lots of ideas when you’re just starting out. Good luck!

      • Kathleen Morris
    • I’m new to blogging too and I also made notes about different elements that I liked from different blogs.

  14. I thought they were all good and i have got plenty of good ideas. I loved the blog with lots of pages attached – lots of great resources.

    • Well organised pages can be a handy resource for teachers, students, and parents!

      • Kathleen Morris
  15. Greetings
    The content has been shared to my MBA classes.
    Now linking the Class for the next session on the topic ‘Rural and Agricultural Marketing’ using flipped class mode.
    Assistant Professor

    • Good luck setting up your blog, Chandran!

      • Kathleen Morris
  16. The Jurupa Hills High School Photography page looks awesome! So many amazing and creative photos! Definitely my favorite. I wish I were as talented as those students!

    • I agree! I always enjoy looking at what those talented students are up to. What a great blog!

      • Kathleen Morris
    • The photos are awesome. I am glad I read your comment and went back to check it out!

    • I used this to show my husband why he needs to create a class blog for his photography class!

  17. Kreb’s Class Blog contains so much information. I love the pictures on the Swoop Into Kindergarten blog. I am going to add some information about myself after seeing the Meet Mrs. Riley post. I also liked the videos on The Cross Chronicles.

    • I liked those blogs also – some teachers go to a lot of trouble to make their classroom work.

    • Hi Ms. Cooke,
      Well done setting up your new blog. I look forward to seeing what you do with your Memoir Writing Class this year (what a great subject!).

      • Kathleen Morris
  18. I have retired (after 34 1/2 wonderful years!), so no longer need to receive notifications.

    All the best to you!

    • Kathryn LaPointe
    • Hi Kathryn,
      Congratulations on your retirement! If you have subscribed to email notifications of follow-up comments you’ll need to click on the unsubscribe link in your email. 🙂

      • Kathleen Morris
  19. I have recently learned about blogging and want to incorporate it into my classes for the 2018-2019. I was introduced to Edublogs and have been playing around with it to get a feel for it. I truly appreciate the Teacher Challenge. It is making the process easier. I liked the Mrs. Johnson’s English 11 American Lit. blog. It was so inviting and attractive. It had the format of a website. That is the format I want for my class’ blogs.

    • Mrs. Johnson does have a great set up for her blog. I bet she’d be glad to know she’s providing a little inspiration for your own class blog. We look forward to seeing what you do with your blog this year!

      • Kathleen Morris
    • I am also trying blogging for my Fifth Grade students. I feel like the Teacher Challenge will help me learn how to blog with my students. I am hoping that my blog will aid my students in finding book recommendations as well as becoming a part of the digital world.

    • ecooke2,
      Like you, I was recently introduced to blogging and am making my way through the Teacher Challenge. I’m so glad I enrolled in this course, as it’s keeping me on track. The email reminders from Edublog are extremely helpful! Without them, I think I would allow all of my “teacher duties” to get in the way of actually seeing this through. I’ve been teaching for 28 years, so I’m an old dog trying to learn a new trick, but I’m enjoying the challenge. I plan to have my students begin blogging soon after I finish this course.

  20. I am an English teacher and I have found that the blog ‘YEAR 12 ATAR ENGLISH DUNCRAIG 2018’ has given me some ideas about what I can do on my blog! Thanks!

    • That website also gave me ideas. I like the Assessment Criteria Post. It is a great reference for the students.

  21. I really enjoyed the Grade 5 blogs because it gave me ideas for the grade level that I teach.

    • Great to hear!

      • Kathleen Morris
  22. I like Terrific 4T Learners the best. I liked how the teacher had the pages set up and students had categories in their sections for different areas.

    • Hi Mrs. K,
      Pages and categories can be really handy! Especially when the students get the hang of using them. It can really promote independence. Thanks for commenting!

      • Kathleen Morris
  23. Thanks for sharing this blog. As I like this blog because it gives me the information how to create the education blog. Keep sharing…………

  24. Ms.Yollis’s was my favourite because it was filled with information. It will be better if they can come up with daily notes everyday and put on when was the blog created and when was the latest news.

    • Mrs Yollis sure has a fantastic blog!

      • Kathleen Morris
    • Yes! I agree! It is environmentally friendly!

    • My favorite was also Ms. Yollis’s. My favorite part was when the students introduced their class to us.

  25. Thanks for showing me how to make my own blog!

    • Hope it helped!

      • Kathleen Morris
      • It was okay I guess. I already know what is a blog. Hope it helped to other people

  26. hi, thanks for the useful information. I am an instructor teaching English to university freshmen. and I am going to create a class blog for journal writing. actually I want my students to have access to the blog as writers, with their own usernames though. what can I do?

  27. http://dmss.edublogs.org/
    this account and blog site was set up in Spring 2016 and introduced to the 5th graders that are now in middle school. I want to continue this blog with the 5th graders this year. I want to set up a library page the the students may use to create critiques and recommendations for the books they’ve read and their favorites.

  28. I really loved Mrs. Pjura’s class blog. The collection of student images and samples of what they have been working on were really inspiring! I teach 3rd and 4th grade writing, and I would love to be able to post plenty of samples of student work and *students working*!

  29. I liked the English 10 example with the Yoko theme. I also have an English 10 class, and after reading about the features, this theme seemed to meet the needs of my class.

  30. Didn’t see anything about how to set up a ‘classroom’ group

  31. Ms Cassidy’s classroom bog has a great photo on title section.

    • I agree! Super cute! I also love the way that she shows how connected her classroom is! They played a game with another class using a webcam? That’s fabulous!

  32. Hi! I enjoyed the SuperSixSevens blog because it gave me an idea of how to encourage writing in my art room. The prompts were appropriate for the middle school students I teach. I look forward to continuing to discover new ideas through this blogging challenge, as well as the blogging process! Here is a link to my blog:

  33. Hi, slowly but surely working through the Blog. I showed my students stage 1 today. http://wollemidhs.edublogs.org They loved my play on our ‘class song’ but I wasn’t set up properly for them to comment.

  34. Help! Help! I set up my student blogs, and they got on for the first time today. I was shocked to see that they have access to my dashboard! How do I change this???

    • Hi Mrs. Beard – if you haven’t already, best to email support@edublogs.org with the link to your class blog. We can double check your class settings to ensure students have the permissions you want, no worries.

  35. I’ve enjoyed the blogs by Baldock & Ivan and Going Global. The range of content and being able to have students work posted is what I am aiming for with my class, as well as having the students share their learning with family and friends instead of all their work being thrown in the bin.


    • Hi “nichilej” and welcome to the Teacher Challenge!

      You have made good strides with your blog, and we look forward to following your progress.

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs | CampusPress

  36. Hi, I’ve particularly enjoyed HUZZAH and Mrs McNally’s Mumblings. Both teachers really seem to know what they’re doing and be using blogs – in different ways – to involve their classes in real writing and connection. The idea of using a word like Huzzah as a blog name (and a video clip to explain it!) has influenced my choice of name. Both teachers have great guidelines for students. I like the inclusion in Mrs McNally’s of the well known THINK acrostic – for THINK before you post – is it True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, Kind? Tying simple mnemonics like this into digital learning is great. Thanks both of you – and all the other teachers – who have been so willing to share.

    • Hi Ms McKay and welcome to the Teacher Challenge!

      Please share a link to your blog so we can follow your progress.

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs | CampusPress

    • Mnemonics is a great way to memorise concepts, thank you for bringing this in here (don’t always have the time to explore every blog in a list)

  37. There is so much here to see and do! Setting up the blog was a lot of fun though.

    • Hi “jtlart”, and thank you for participating in the Teacher Challenge.

      We look Forward to following your progress on http://jtlart.edublogs.org

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs | CampusPress

  38. Working on it! friedl7blue.edublogs.com
    Thanks for the tutorials!

    • Hi “friedl7blue”, and welcome to the Teacher Challenge.

      We look forward to following your progress.

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs | CampusPress

  39. I like Library Matters and Heart of the School since I am a media specialist. I started this site primarily so students can post about what is going on in the Media Center. I am excited to go live with it! My site is ramsey.kimberly.edublogs

    • ramseykimberly
  40. Step by step we are building ciencia3d.edublogs.com. This is a Science blog dedicated to our seven classes (7th, 8th, 9th grades). After reading your orientations, we decided to start to invite the students to comment our posts and in a second phase invite some students (who are doing a great job in their paper portfolios researches) to post. I loved the portfolios tour and I can`t choose one because I learned different things in different ones 🙂

    • susanacarneiro
  41. I like mcnallymumblings and sgpsartflash the best. I really think they are my favorites due to the content. I have (accidentally) two blogs MHSManeFeed and Mme McCann at manilalions.edublogs.org. I upgraded to pro since I wanted to have student blogs for my class, but accidentally upgraded the wrong blog. I thought when I upgraded it would work for all of my blogs. Is there anything I can do to change that?

  42. I really enjoyed Blog #18: English 10, because it is evident that the teacher’s blog is a huge part of how the class is ran. If a student has a question, I’m sure they can go to this blog at any time and their question will immediately be answered. This blog also has so many different tools students can use to enhance their educational experience on the blog. I really enjoyed the Word Within Word activity as it seems like a very fun and interactive way to enhance students’ vocabulary!

  43. I really liked the Heart of School blog and the Six Sevens. I am a middle school librarian which is why I looked at “Heart of School” first. I liked that the Six Sevens had each student blog listed on the side bar. I am making a class blog for my enrichment class that meets in the library each morning. I also have a PO to upload so I can upgrade to a Pro account. http://alcoamiddle.edublogs.org I like that I will be able to monitor my students and keep us all safe!

    • Michelle Parry
    • Hi Michelle, and welcome to the Teacher Challenge!

      The theme you have chosen requires a Custom Menu to show all your pages. We have added a Custom Menu for you – http://help.edublogs.org/custom-menu/

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

  44. Hi and thank you! I’m so excited to do this with my middle school students, but I have been frustrated in the past and I am finding this VERY useful! Thanks so much! I really liked the Blogs by the Sea, and also the Six Sevens (I tended to gravitate to the upper level blogs since that’s what I teach). I really like how all of the kids blogs are on one page – multiple classes all in the same place. My blog: http://mrskiddqv.edublogs.org/

    • Hi Mrs. Kidd and welcome to the teacher Challenge.

      Thank you for the kind words. We look forward to following your progress.

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

    • Mrs. Kidd,

      Thank you for this post. I had failed to look at the blog pages you mentioned in your comment, and I really like how these blogs have all of the kids’ blogs on one page. I will definitely look into these blogs now!

  45. My favourite class blog is Library Matters @ Tenambit. It is regularly updated with colourful photos and posts of student work. The content (timetable, book reviews and Super Students) is useful for students, parents and teachers.

    • Hi Amber, and welcome to the Teacher Challenge.

      Please provide a link to your blog so we can follow your progress.

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

  46. I too am new to blogging and have only once used a similar online tool with my students before. Some of the example class blogs seem so professional! Besides writing I would also like to include audio and video with my students, like the one on Mrs. McNally’s Mumblings. Her layout is clear and functional. It makes me think about background and colour again… Well here is my link http://forestdweller.edublogs.org/ I am very curious how this will play out 🙂

    • Hi “Forestdweller” and welcome to the Teacher Challenge!

      You blog is coming along nicely already. I really enjoyed the theme and background you chose.

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

    • I agree Forestdweller. I really liked her poetry idea, and her format was really easy to follow.

  47. I liked the blogs that were clear, straight forward presentation. Easier to read. Really powerful learning when the blog was used interactively with students.