This post is for activity 5 of the Blogging with Students challenge. I’ll be honest. I am having a really hard time with this one. I know I want to have students contribute to our class blog, but I really have not worked out in what capacity.
When the school year started, I thought I would have a blogger in each class whose job it would be to update the class blog with what we did each day in class. It really did not work out for a few reasons. There wasn’t enough time at the end of class for them to do it, I would still need to go in and upload handouts, etc., and I didn’t take the time to train students on what to do.
Now I am thinking that having students post on topics might be a better idea. Or perhaps also cross-posting a really exemplary post about an assignment from students’ blogs.
All of my students have their own blog, and I really like the idea that Mr. Carson has about students earning badges for their blogs. I think I could have two or three different levels that students could earn as we go through the process of setting up student portfolios and getting proficient with using them throughout the year. I am not sure if this is something I will work on for this year, or if I will just wait until next school year. We only have two weeks left this quarter, and after that, we will only have one quarter left in the school year, and the fourth nine weeks always goes by so fast! It’s hard to believe how quickly this year is progressing!
Do you have any suggestions of ways I can involve students more with the class blog? I definitely see our class blog evolving from a place where I primarily dispense information to a place where we collaborate and share together.