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.

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About Donna

Changing educational paradigms motivate me to share new technology as well as the admirable work of others who integrate contemporary research on how people learn with supportive, free digital applications and resources. Do teachers ever have enough time or money? Perhaps my discoveries will expedite the journey of a busy educator seeking a 21st Century 'true north' of his or her own.

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