I’ve been thinking about how to teach kids to blog. I want to properly do this. Blogging is neither Facebook nor is it e-mail; in my post on “Why Blog?” we find 13 educationally sound reasons for students to blog. With this in mind, I am studying the Edublogger “Nine Steps” for teaching students blogging skills – authentic 21st Century learning. When the time comes, I feel sure by following Edublogger’s “Nine Steps” I will have learned to more effectively teach blogging skills to my students.
Step 1: Set up a Class Blog
Step 2: Set up Your Blogging Rules and Guidelines
Step 3: Teaching Commenting Skills and Etiquette
Step 4: Help Parents Connect With Your Class
Step 5: Add Students to Your Class Blog So That they Can Write Posts
Step 6: Add a Visitor Tracking Widget to Your Blog Sidebar
Step 7: Setting Up Student Blogs
Step 8: Add Your Student Blogs to Your Blogroll
Step 9: Add Your Student Blogs to A Folder in Google Reader
This is the Edublogger link where you will find an explanation of each step.
I especially enjoyed reading tips on “Step 3: Teaching Commenting Skills and Etiquette” by Kathleen Morris, a grade two teacher from Australia . Her post on “Blogging: Teaching Commenting Skills” was very helpful for my own blog commenting skills. This is the form she gives to her students and parents at the beginning of the year.