It's Friday!!! Today's tip is about blogging with students. The magazine Tech & Learning featured one of my FAVORITE bloggers, Kim Cofino. Kim is a 21st Century Literacy Specialist at the International School Bangkok in Thailand. She is an excellent resources for all types of technology integration.
On the Advisory Blog, Christine Weiser shared a cross-post, Student Blogging Guidelines by Kim Cofino. In this post, Kim discusses how she came up with this list of student guidelines with help from students in her building. This post is an excellent way to introduce blogging in your classroom or school while reminding students about internet safety and creating buy in. I believe that students will be much more willing to follow rules that they helped created rather that rules solely created by their teachers.
I don't know your situation but in our district we aren't allowed to give students access to creating their own blogs like Kim can do, but we are allowed to blog with our students. We do suggest that teachers inform parents about this activity and also create a contract for students to sign agreeing to behave appropriately while blogging.
How do you plan or currently use blogs in your classroom?