What is a blog?
A blog (a contraction of the term weblog) is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video.
Why do students need blogs?
To give students a platform to connect, communicate and collaborate with an authentic audience that includes students, teachers, parents, and invited members of the local and global community.
Blogging is a tool that allows students to make their work look good, shows what they have learned and achieved, gives voice to their ideas and opinions, provides a space for journal entries, allows an area for reflection and a place to showcase their work.
How will blogs be managed?
The teacher will be the administer to the blog. Here they will regularly be posting information such as homework tasks, coming events, and important dates. This means that they can control all content of the blogs, including items added by students, and comments added by their peers.
Students have been taught (and will continue to be taught) about all aspects of Cybersafety, and will take precautions not to disclose their full identity on the world wide web.
How might student blogs be useful for parents?
By having our students post samples of their work, homework, their thoughts, ideas and opinions on their blogs, parents will have a “window into their child’s classroom”. Parents will be able to gain a rich picture of their child as a learner, and will be invited to post their comments as feedback on their child’s work. Grandparents and family members who live in other parts of the state, country or world, can also be invited to access the student blogs, thus providing students with an even wider audience for their work.
This is an exciting time in education, as students and teachers explore and utilise new technology as tools for teaching and learning. Computers, netbooks and Interactive Whiteboards are already being implemented. Blogging is our next step forward.