Welcome to the sixth step in our free professional learning series on class and student blogging!
- Explain why it’s important to help parents and students connect with your class blog.
- Show common problems parents and students have locating class blogs.
- Suggest 21 ways you can help parents and students find and use your class blog.
Why help parents and students connect?
All teachers know that family involvement in schooling is a key predictor of a child’s success.
With many families juggling full time work and other commitments, we need to come up with new ways to keep up the levels of family involvement. Blogging is a great way to do this.
- Class blogs are an excellent way for parents to find out what is happening in class and what their child is learning.
- Students love seeing their work published online and adore getting comments from people. Comments motivate students 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.
If you want to get the most out of your class blog, you need to help parent and students easily find your blog and engage with it.
For those of you who are teaching young adults, one of your main aims might be discovering ways to get your students actively engaged with your class blog.
Education is key when aiming to get families to join in your blogging community. We can’t assume that parents (or students) bring any blogging knowledge or skills with them when they join your classroom.
While it can be easy to educate students about blogging during your face-to-face time (or learn with them), it’s important to come up with different ways to educate parents. Family members won’t be willing or able to get involved in blogging if they don’t know anything about it.
You want your message to be clear, easily accessible, dynamic, and ongoing.
Like students, parents have different learning preferences and it can be a good idea to offer parents a range of different ways to learn about blogging. We offer lots of ideas further on.
Finding your blog on the internet
If you want families to connect with your blog, it’s important that they know how to find it and return to it. This is an important step that can’t be overlooked.
It’s quite common for educators new to blogging to assume their class blog is easily found using Google or that students will write the blog URL correctly in their notebook. There is too much room for error with these approaches.
Searching for a teacher’s website using Google can be a very frustrating exercise. There can be millions of Google search results and many teachers across the globe with the same name as you.
It’s easy for students (or you) to write down the wrong blog URL.
In the examples below the correct URL is mrswaters.edublogs.org. Each example is a common mistake we see in blog URLs sent to Edublogs support.
Mistake 1: First part of the blog URL incorrect
If the first part of your blog URL is typed incorrectly they are redirected to the 404 not found error page.
Mistake 2: Edublogs.org spelled wrong
Missed the s in edublogs
Forgot the l in edubogs
Mistake 2: The URL is written as an email address
What you need to do
Most experienced educators use several different methods to help parents and students:
- Understand what is a blog and how they can participate.
- Easily find the class blog online.
- Feel encouraged to get involved throughout the whole year. Having regular opportunities in place for education and involvement will ensure a steady pattern of engagement throughout the year.
21 Ideas To Help Educate And Involve Families And Students
The most important tip is to make sure copy/paste your blog URL from the address bar of your web browser into any information you share with students and parents!
It’s really easy to type your blog URL incorrectly — copying/pasting your blog URL ensures you get the URL correct every time!
1) Include Your Name In The Blog URL
Your blog in the URL name allows you the flexibility to keep the blog if you change subject areas or year levels in the coming school years.
Simple is always best!
http://mrswaters.edublogs.org/ is easier to remember than http://mrswBPSRoom 124.edublogs.org/
Here are some examples of class blogs that have the teacher’s name in the URL.
- Mrs. Hamman’s Class Blog – http://blogs.goaj.org/mrshamman/
- Mrs. Mooney’s Class Blog – http://mrsmooney.edublogs.org/
- Ms. Saltau’s Class – http://sarahjane.edublogs.org/
- Mr. Cartlidge’s Science Blog – http://mrcartlidge.edublogs.org/
2) Business Card Magnet
Create and distribute “business cards” as the start of the year with your class blog URL and email address (plus any other important information such as school phone number, term dates, school website etc.).
You could create business cards with a free template from a site like Canva or Adobe Spark.
After printing and laminating, you could attach a strip of self adhesive magnetic tape on the back which you’ll find at many discount stores.
3) QR Codes
A QR code is an excellent shortcut to access a website. You simply create one online using a tool like QR Stuff or QR Code Generator.
People simply open the photo app on their phone or tablet and scan the QR code to be directed straight to the website.
- Add a QR code to your business card above
- Have students create their own QR code and print it for a note to go home about the blog
- Add a QR code to the footer of all your classroom notes like in the example below.
4) Newsletter Links
Include the link to your class blog in the school newsletter or send home your own newsletter (you could even have the class create a dedicated blogging newsletter).
At the start of 2018, parents were told about the class blogs at Beaconsfield Primary School in the school newsletter.
Regular reminders can help! You can mention specific blog posts that families could visit.
5) Add Links To Your School Website
Many schools set up pages on their school website with a directory to class blogs. Take a look at the example from Berwick Lodge Primary School.
If you have your own teacher blog, you might like to add the link to your class blog there as well.
6) Explain Browser Bookmarks
It’s a good idea to teach students or families how to bookmark a favorite website. This might seem simple to you but could be a skill that’s new to others.
Computer Hope offers some really easy to follow instructions for bookmarking in different browsers. You could even email something like this to families or older students.
7) Add A Link To Your Email Signature
This simple idea reminds colleagues and parents to check out your class blog whenever you’re in touch with them.
Below is an example from Linda Yollis.
8) Create Detailed Parent Handouts
There is a lot to know about effectively navigating the class blog so you might consider creating a handout for parents.
You could cover information such as:
- Blog jargon
- Subscribing to email updates
- Leaving and replying to comments
- Using the Google calendar
- Searching the blog
- How to become part of our wider blogging community
Here’s an example from Kathleen Morris.
A guide to navigating your class blog is even something students could create themselves. And of course, it doesn’t have to be a paper guide. A digital or email version might work for your families.
Sheri Edwards’ class in Washington State also created a handout for families which you can find on their blog. It’s designed to help parents know what is a blog, the blog URL, and why they blog.
Want to learn more about consent forms and blogging? Check out our guide to obtaining permission to blog with students.
9) Add Information Pages To Your Blog
Pages are the ideal way to publish static information on your blog. You might choose to help educate your families about blogging through information on a page.
A “learn about blogging” set of pages on a class blog can explain to all readers (including parents) what a blog is, the benefits of blogging, and how to comment.
Kelly Jordan, used these pages on her 2017 class blog if you want to get ideas.
For readers who prefer a more visual description, a video tutorial can explain how to comment. This can be posted on a page of the class blog for easy reference.
Below is an example created for Miss Jordan’s class blog.
Tip: This video was created with a Chrome extension tool called Screencastify but there are many screencasting tools available.
10) Hold Parent Information Nights
Many classes hold these events at the beginning of a school year. Why not put blogging on the agenda?
When Kathleen Morris’s old blogging buddy in California, Linda Yollis, held a back to school information night, she skyped in to discuss the benefits of blogging with her families.
Maybe you could get a former student, parent, or colleague to help you with your presentation?
11) Parent Email Newsletter
Sending a regular e-newsletter to parents can be a great way to offer blogging news or tips (along with other classroom news and reminders).
A newsletter can also be a platform to thank the parents who have been commenting, and invite parents to comment on particular posts. Being specific on what you want parents to comment on can increase participation.
12) Posts For Parents
This idea was originally inspired by Henrietta Miller. You can achieve a big increase in parent participation when publishing a post specifically based around a question for parents.
Miss Jordan’s class have an example post on their blog where parents were asked about old technologies.
13) Host A Family Blogging Afternoon
This is a concept Kathleen Morris created where family members were personally invited into the classroom by the students. Students would teach their special guest about blogging through a scavenger hunt type activity.
You can find a post about this event on her class blog.
14) Host A Family Blogging Month
Encouraging parents and families to comment makes it more meaningful for students. It also helps familiarize family and students with how to interact with your class blog.
One way to do this is to have a Family Blogging Month. This is a concept Linda Yollis came up with.
During Family Blogging Month, students try to get as many family members as possible to comment on their class blog. Students record the number of comments by each different type of family member on a class blog chart and the student with the most comments at the end of the month wins a prize (e.g. a donated voucher and/or a guest post on the class blog).
As Linda noted on her blog,
Mrs. Yollis created the idea of Family Blogging Month back on April 1, 2010. The participation, the quality of the commenting, the interaction and learning that transpired via this classroom blog makes Mrs. Yollis beam with pride.
Not only are her students and their family members becoming superior writers, but they are also honing important digital skills like how to communicate and contribute online, how to limit personal information on the Internet, and how to develop a dynamic digital footprint.
Students look through the archive of the blog to find posts that might interest specific family members.
Visit Mrs. Yollis’ class blog to find out more about Family Blogging Month.
15) Students Letters To Parents
Organize for your students to write a letter to their parents to introduce the class blog and explain how the class will use the blog.
Here are student letter examples from Land of Year 4’s Class blog.
16) Virtual Volunteers
Linda Yollis has shared the idea of having parents act as virtual volunteers on a roster basis. Rather than helping students in the classroom, they can assist online by replying to students and engaging in conversations.
17) Parent Blogging Rep
Some classrooms have a parent representative to assist with various tasks and events. Would a blogging rep work in your class?
The rep could organize your virtual volunteer roster, invite families to read and comment on posts, respond to comments, or, depending on skills, assist with tasks like photography and the creation of multimedia.
18) Blogging Homework
Depending on your homework policies and procedures, you could incorporate blogging into homework tasks that involve family members.
Example task prompts could include:
- Show a family member a blogging buddies’ site and leave a comment together.
- Write an invitation to a friend or family member to comment on a specific post.
19) Parent Guest Posts
Parents bring a wealth of information to your classroom community.
Traditionally, some parents might present to the class on their career or hobby from time to time. Why not adapt this format by having parents write guest posts for your class blog?
Alternatively, you could have students interview parents or community members for posts.
20) Don’t Forget Grandparents And Other Family Members
Your ready-made audience doesn’t only consist of parents, of course. There may be other family members, including grandparents, who would love to become part of your blogging community but just need guidance or encouragement.
Linda Yollis has had great success with some grandparents becoming particularly interested in her class blog. Bubbe, a 92 year old great-grandmother guest posted on her blog and Nonno, an Italian grandfather was once a regular contributor.
The role these community members played in the students’ development was priceless.
21) Set Up An Email Subscription
Add an email subscription widget so parents can subscribe for notification of new posts.
Our tutorial walks you through the simple set up process.
Note: This feature is only available on Pro blogs and CampusPress blogs.
Get Parents Involved Infographic
This infographic might be handy to help you come up with ideas throughout the school year. Perhaps you have a colleague you could share it with too?
We’d like you to add your voice and ideas to our ongoing conversation about student blogging by completing the following tasks:
- Read through our 21 ideas above and choose one or more of these ideas to use with your students and parents. Leave a comment to let us know which ones you are going to try with your class or share a link to any resources you’ve developed.
- Read through the most recent comments in reply to this step and leave a response to another person’s comment.
325 thoughts on “Step 6: Help parents and students connect”
Hmmm I like this idea but I also want the blog to be my students. I want them to use it appropriately but they might still not want their parents commenting on it.
My school has all teachers use blogs, but as I teach 6th grade I hear a lot of parents saying they, “just can’t check/keep up with all of the teacher blogs,” (students have 7 classes a day, 5 academic classes, and 2 “connections” classes/electives).
1. The school website has links to all teacher blogs.
2. I have my name in the blog url.
3. I have a link to my blog in my email signature.
4. At our school Open House, I show parents my blog, and give them a “tour” of it.
Because we’re a little more than halfway through the school year, my plan for next year will include a parent flyer with some screen shots for them to refer to later. I will also encourage parents and students to bookmark and subscribe to the blog.
I am going to create a newsletter out to parents and families to inform them of the blog and how to post to their student’s blog posts. Additionally, I will link the blog to our LMS page. I will work with other advisory classes at the school and across the district to get the word out about our blog so other students can comment on our student’s blogs posts.
I like to idea of the children writing to the parents/carers to inform them about the blog and how they can search/use the blog effectively. I think I will also create some QR codes that can be placed in homework books etc for easy access.
The five ideas I found exciting (and will definitely use) are:
a) I’m going to make attractive laminated business cards giving the name of the blog and a few reasons why parents/carers should follow it. I’ll also keep a stash on my person to give to other teachers.
b) I will make a permanent mention of the blog on the school website.
c) I will get my students to write letters to their parents giving reasons why they should support the blog (this will be a good class lesson).
d) I will begin to give blogging homework: ask pupils to write comments on other pupils’ postings (generous comments).
e) I have already previously set up an e-mail subscription. Unfortunately, no one has yet subscribed. So I have some work to do to explain what this means to parents.
I am definitely going to add a link to my email signature line. That step seems like an easy no-brainer! We use Google Classroom, so I will make sure the link is posted there as well. I like the idea of a Navigation Guide. I believe that will not only help my students, but also the parents. Once they see how useful the blog will be I’m hoping it will be a very active source of information for our families and our students.
This sounds awesome! I am using my blog for different reasons but it is really cool to see teachers who are using them as their class websites (kind of) in addition to your Google Classroom since the Classroom is really just for student use. This sounds great!
I found these step really interesting and full of ideas that I haven´t thing off before. But since my students are all profesional dancers, older than 20 I really don´t see the need to involve the parents in this blog.
Nevertheless, I found very interesting the idea of creating a QR code and sharing the blog´s URL through email.
I really like the Naviguation guide to open the blog up to a wider audience and the How-to blog page for its clear informatin and purpose. As my blog is built for a twelve week long online goal setting course for young dancers I am not sure how realistic it is for me to engage with family in terms of the time line. I do intend however to make the blog open to peers, family and teachers to allow for conversation and I plan to deliver the blog information by email and with a link.
Sounds like a great approach, Liza. Hope you get a bit of interest from colleagues and families!
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My district has not used blogging as a tool in classrooms prior to this. I approached my principal with the idea of a blog and ended up working through several levels of admin to receive permission. I also developed a letter for families explaining the purpose for our blog and requiring them to sign a permission slip for their students to publish on the 6th grade blog. Several families chose not to allow their student to publish their writing but these students still complete the assignments. After working through the lessons about blogging, some of these students persuaded parents to change their mind and obtained permission to publish their work on our class blog.
Recently, parents took time to read and add comments on our student’s winter narratives. The comments from families were read eagerly and lead to enthusiastic discussions at home. I look forward to more interactions through our blog enabling parents to participate in our daily work.
That is very exciting to read, to be able to engage with your students and their parents in such an effective way and having such great results, enthusiasm, communication, sharing…
Thank you for sharing.
I love your efforts to communicate purpose and use of the blog with parents. And I think that students sharing what they’ve learned with parents definitely makes parents feel more comfortable.
In order to get parents involved in our blogging adventure, I have my name in the URL and I will add a link to my school website. I’m thinking I will have my students send home a newsletter as well, to let their parents know what they’re working on as well as explain bookmarks and invite parents to comment on posts as well.
Great ideas! That’s my approach as well. I like the idea of having the students create a newsletter. I think the parents will respond better if the newsletter is from the students and created by the students.
Our blogger of the week always looks forward to a Monday morning when they can check who has commented, especially parents! The stduents then takes the time to comment back. Check out our posts and parent comments:
I love the idea of a blogging afternoon – when all students are proficient in their skills, I will look to creating this.
“Blogger of the Week” is a fun idea! Thanks for sharing it. How much help do your students need to put these posts together now? I guess they may need less help as time goes on? They’re impressive posts and I’m sure parents appreciate it!
I really like blogger of the week! I might have to try that as well. I have 6 different classes – so one in each class would offer quite a bit of variety. I’m wondering if I have enough weeks left to catch all my students though…
Yes! Blogger of the week!!! I love it! I could us that too. I was thinking of a volunteer to help me post a review of the content of each week for those students who are on tour dancing around the world and can not attend all the classes. But to have a different volunteer every week sound perfect!
Thank you very much for sharing this idea
This is a brilliant idea!! I know my children will love this! We have ‘Writing Champions’, who look after anything writing related. perhaps I will discuss this with them next time we meet.
Thank you for sharing this!
Oh yes. I like the idea of Blogger of the week. There could be a certificate or little prize. It could be given out at the school assembly. That would really publicize the blog to the whole school community (and maybe generate more comments.
I like the idea of blogger of the week. That is something that is very original and really gets the kids involved.
Once my students have posted enough to create a portfolio of their writing, I think it would be awesome for students to invite parents and grandparents to read the work they’ve posted on their blog. Even inviting a parent or grandparent to be a guest contributor on their student’s blog would be so interesting. I wish I had thought about this when my students were writing their personal histories at the beginning of the year.
Your ideas are wonderful, low preparation, and actively engaging for students and families. The blogger of the week and an afternoon of blogging sounds wonderful! Your students seem comfortable and poised on the videos and photos. Great ideas!
I really like the idea of the business cards with a QR code on it. That would be quick and easy to hand out to parents. I also like the idea of adding blog info to my website and email signature. I can also send it out using Google Classroom.
That is is great idea! I love the access the parents will gain and without the usual mass emails!
Business card creation is part of our curriculum, my senior students will be using the edublogs web address on their business cards as well as on their resumes. I wonder if there is a way for them to take their websites with them after graduation, is there a way for them to transfer their sites from my classroom?
I had the same question! The students in my school have to place pieces of writing in a portfolio that follow them from 9th to 12th grade. I think adding the business cards to their portfolio gives an online/e-portfolio twist something that is more authentic than some old notebook paper in a paper folder. I would love for them to be able to take their blogs and the work they’ve submitted with them when they leave for college.
There are a few ways students can take their sites with them after graduation.
If the site is on Edublogs and the teacher/student is happy to keep it online then it can just be removed from the class and stay online.
You might be interested in reading this article about a student who started blogging in high school and keeps his site going today on the Edublogs network. He now has his own custom domain. https://www.theedublogger.com/myles-zhang/
Otherwise, students can go to Tools > Export and Tools > Import to move their site to any standard blogging platform.
Blogs can also be turned into books or PDFs as explained in this help guide https://help.edublogs.org/blog-to-book/
Hope that helps? It’s definitely a fabulous idea to include the URL of their online space on their resumes and business cards!
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Thank you Kathleen for this usefull information. I like the idea of turning the blog into a PDF book.
This section helped me with how to notify and work with parents of my participating students and the class blog. I and am going to record the link to the blog in Google Classroom so that my students can show their parents where to find our blog. It also helped me with a way to inform my administrator about the blog. I think that I am going to include him as someone on the blog so that he can comment on the things we do on the blog. Thanks for the ideas.
Good idea! We use Office365 here and your idea could work for us if I post a link to our Office365 page. Thanks!
Since I’m in higher ed as many here are, FERPA law prohibits me from involving parents but this is a great tool for K-12.
I’ve added my blog URL to my Gmail signature, school webpage, and sent it out as an announcement on Remind. It is my goal this semester to expand my class blog to include all of my students and to try to get more parent involvement. I use tickets as a way to reward students, so I plan to give tickets to students who have parents comment or help write a post on the class/student blogs.
I look forward to hearing how you go with all this, Nicole. It sometimes isn’t easy to get families involved but with a bit of education and persistence, it can really pay off!
I’m going to add the blog address to the Remind account and give extra points for my students to have their parents comment on an aspect of the blog.
Virtual Volunteers really made an impression on me! I created a Google Form for parents and family members to fill out so I could collect their information.
I also send out parent email newsletters with the class blog link included.
I wanted to have students design their own business cards to hand out, but we couldn’t get this project funded. Instead, we had students collect at least 10 emails, a balance of friends and adults, and the last blogging day of the month students send an email with their blog link to the group. This has really increased parent/family comments.
Using a Google Form is a great idea!
I like the idea of collecting emails and sending them an email. That is a great direct way to get parents/guardians involved. Thank you for sharing!
Excellent idea Mrs. Black. Would you do this earlier in the process next time?
In order to make my blog easier to access by parents and colleagues, I added the web address to my email signature. I would have never thought of that on my own, so thank you for the idea! I also plan to create business cards with my blog information on them to pass out at our parent-teacher conference night next week.
Isn’t it funny how sometimes you don’t think of those simple ideas? I know I’ve got lots of ideas from others that are simple yet effective!
I love the idea of handing out the business cards at your conference night!
I like a number of the ideas to help educate families of students: I would use my name in the url and publish it in our school newsletter; I also love the idea of asking a question for parents to answer, inviting a parent as a guest blogger, and having students interview their parents and post about it.
I hope some of those ideas work for your class. It can take a little experimentation to see what works best for your community!
I also think it would be neat to invite a parent to be a guest blogger. I think it is so important for students to see that everyone writes.
I sent out a parent email containing a newsletter and link to the blog site. I also plan to post the blog link in my classes’ google classrooms.
I hope your parents jump on board. It can be fantastic for students to have that authentic audience!
I think this is a wonderful idea.
Thanks for sharing this blog.As this blog is really helpful blog. The idea of connecting the parents to the students is really good.Keep sharing……………..
I agree with your comment. The suggestions for connecting the parents and students were helpful too.
This provide enjoyable learning opportunities and can offer support at home through their parents engagement.It is outstanding idea!
I love the idea of a family blog challenge month. Will put my URL in beginning of year newsletter, email it to all parents and discuss blogging with parents at beginning of the year open day.
As I was reading these tips, I added the link to my class blog in my e-mail signature. With how many students and parents I e-mail on a daily basis, I think this would be a great and easy way to help them connect!
I agree that adding the link to one’s class blog in the email signature would not only be relatively easy, but it would also be extremely helpful to both parents and students.
hello.i create my edublog .but noone beside me can access to the blog.further the files which i attached does not open in the blog
I am going to do ideas #2, 3, 4, and 5. I already added it to my email address! I will be sending an email to my parents with the URL on it to make access easier.
I am choosing #3 and #4. I included my name in my url, and I put my url on my school webpage. Hopefully this will help parents and students navigate to my site!
I’m not finding the subscribe by email widget…
Hi Mrs. Englot
The Subscription Widget can be found at Appearance > Widgets in your Dashboard. We have added the widget n your behalf to show you how it is done.
Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
Of the 11 ideas, I particularly like 3, 4, and 5. I already include my name in the URL, but it had never occurred to me to post a link to the blog on the school website (although I have links on the blog to a couple of pages on the website). Even better, I’ll include the URL on future e-mails. As a private school teacher, I often e-mail parents. I also like the idea of a business card with the e-mail address and the blog URL, but would I use business cards much? When I shared the URL with parents at last week’s open house, many jotted it down, although I’d also given it to them when I sent home policy statements at the beginning of the year. I suspect the policy statements are returned signed but unread.
I think I will add it to my email signature, too. Great idea!
I had business cards made this year so I can hand them out when I attend out of district training. It was also an idea to have cards made for the kids, but I wasn’t able to secure funding to make it happen.
I am going to try a few! I have made a QR code already and then I will be linking it to my school website as well as a parent letter home.
I am at the beginning stages of introducing blogging to a new group of students. I have created a QR code to post at each work table to ensure students can locate Edublogs and save the address correctly.
Common Sense Education provides great resources for families to prompt discussion on digital citizenship and support the home-school connection (available in English and Spanish). Find a glossary, tip sheets, contracts, surveys and discussion topics at
Hi Ms Layne
Thank you for sharing That is a great resource.
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Our blog will be linked to our school’s website, I have already created a QR code for it and I will send an email out to all my students with the correct link.
I’ve already linked my blog site to my teacher website, but I will also:
1) Have it linked to the school website
2) Have the principal give the link in a FB post from our school FB site
3) Add (I’ve done this) a widget for subscribing to the site
I’ve just asked this question on another page, but I’ll do it here as well, just in case it’s more relevant here. I currently have one page and have added the subscription feature, but would it be better to have a separate blog URL for each class that blogs? Or is it better to have a separate page within this one blog for each class?
That is an excellent question. I think it is nice to have seperate URLs, so that one lass can identify with the blog. I will start out with 15-16yr olds this year, but might add my 11 yr olds as well later – I guess the layout, widgets … that appeal to the smaller students won’t necessary work with the teenagers… So I’ll have two seperate class blogs I guess.
Hello! Lots of great ideas here! Reading other teachers post I realized what a great idea involving the students could be, so that they can be the ones to tell their parents about the blog. So I have created some slides to explain to them what is a blog and why we use it, and then they have to fill in a handout for their parents that includes an authorization form for their parents and a contract for them to sign… I think it is a great idea parents and students feel part of the blog. Here is a link to the post I created about this:
Thank you for the positive feedback.
Setting up your page to help parents understand what you are trying to achieve with your blogs is a great idea. You might want to add this video too? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDxg5ODEXEQ
Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
Thanks for sharing, sacalalengua. I will also create a handout for parents to authorize and invite them to visit the blog. I like that you created a visual presentation for viewers of the site.
I like this idea. Thanks for sharing.
I was in the classroom getting ready for our open house and created a QR code. It was super easy and practiced it with a fellow teacher. It was able to take her right to the blog and was super easy. I plan to have that out on Open House night and then send a follow up email to keep the message fresh.
I love this idea. I’m not sure if we are having an open house this year (high school, sometimes we do and sometimes we don’t), but it’s a great venue for the QR code.
Very good ideas! It’s smart to have a variety of ways to help parents and students connect to your blog. I’m sure they will love it!
I added my blog address to my email signature, it has been added to my staff bio on our school website, and my name is part of my blog address.
I like #7. I plan to create a handout for parents and students to help them navigate the blog.
Check out my new subscribe button…Can anyone tell me how to customize the email so the subject doesn’t have that default latin text? That’s not in the directions.
The default Latin text is just there for the test email. Subscribers will get the subscription emails in the correct format.
Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
My plan is to introduce blogging on Back to School Night this week to parents and students by incorporating it in my presentation. I also designed a flyer for parents to take home that gives information on why and how we will be blogging, and it will be attached to a permission slip. I really liked the subscription widget so I added that as well! There were so many good examples on this page.
I created a temporary model for a business card magnet with our workshop blog URL; I added a signature to my e-mail with our blog URL; I’m looking forward to being allowed to have our blog link in our future school newsletter. I’ll invite my most enthousiast young writers to explain to their parents how we would love to use our writing workshop blog.
Good idea having students help out with that!
I also think it is a great idea to involve children!
I plan on creating a parent handout as well as blogging permission page. I plan on having my students be a part of creating each of these documents. I will also include my blog url in the school newspaper. I would like my students to create the business cards that are distributed.
Hi Mrs Dominguez, I like the idea of having our students to create the business cards themselves. I’ll just have to provide the material they need. Thank you for the suggestion.
I really like your idea to include students in creating the parent handout! I wanted to have something ready for parents at Back to School Night before school begins, but maybe I could have my students help create a blogging newsletter.
Hi Mrs. Dominguez-
Love the idea of having students help in creating the documents. I plan to put that into my first week schedule as well. Thanks!
I added the URL to my email signature and added a subscribe via email widget to my blog!
I like the QR code and the email subscription ideas. The QR codes would be good when we do iPad activities. Since I deliver at TAFE we do not have a newsletter or parental contact. I have no idea how to post a link to a private website in Blogger.
I found this on how to post a link to a private website in Blogger. I hope it helps – http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-use-blogger-to-add-a-link-to-your-blog.html
Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
The examples of blog info pages were helpful. I will be creating an info page to upload onto my school’s website.
Hello. I actually am having my students complete several of the above steps (narrowed down to 6). They are creating a QR code, inserting the code into business cards with their blog address and email address – this they are submitting to me for a grade. They are also posting a link in the class edmodo account (in lieu of their personal social network sites), and have added the blog and email addresses to their email account signatures.
Adding QR codes to business cards is a great idea. It might also be useful to add the QR code to their blogs.
Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
I have added the blog address to my email signature. This will make sure other staff are aware of and have access to my Blog.
Adding your blog address to your email signature is a great idea. You can also add it to your twitter, facebook, LinkedIn, or any other online presence you may have.
Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
Adding the blog address to my email signature is a great idea. This could also allow staff to see what we are doing in class and can offer students VET pathways where they have not had offered before.
I hadn’t thought that adding the URL to my e-mail signature would inform colleagues as well as parents. Thanks for pointing that out, “casmith123.” I’ll be sure to do so now. PJ Liebson (mrsliebson.edublogs.org)
I have added a subscribe by email widget onto the blog page. I have tried to change the format of the confirmation email.
The blog is not going live yet, but am thinking about producing a ‘Blog Newsletter’.
Your blog is looking really good! Please consider moving your ‘Subscribe by Email” to nearer to the top of your widgets t make it imediately visible to site visitors.
Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
I have added the ‘subscribe’ widget and have also posted the link to my blog in various places for my community members to find.
I would like to try number 10, however I am not a pro level user so I will have to find a third party text widget to enable this option.
I mean #11
Yes, this applies to me also. This will be a work in progress for the time being. Hopefully you have some success with it.