good resources on blogging with students

School + Delicious

March 4, 2010

Kevin S. Spencer –

use subscriptions to harvest other people as they bookmark, follow tags you like

network on delicious, follow certain people, add network

he follows

add peron, tag, network, whatever in your rss reader

use to keep up with feeds

email weekly feeds as news letter through rss and specific tag – tag 5 sites in a week with “smart_this_week” and puts ’em in an email, sends to list you decide

This common craft video explains RSS and how to use RSS to bring the web to you.

Work SMART not HARD!

Our students are attracted to and use social networks. Where does this fit in at school?

Thinking questions, deep questions with no simple, “correct” answer, are the kinds of questions our students will be challenged with throughout their life. These are also great questions to put out to a student social network.  Student motivation and interest + a bit of teacherly guidance will have students thinking, writing and communicating at the top pointy part of the bloom’s taxonomy.


For more info, see: Multimedia & Internet@Schools Magazine: Social Media in the Classroom—For Kindergartners ! Through High Schoolers [Available Full-Text, Free].

Education | Glogster

November 13, 2009

Glogster, Poster Making 2.0 Education | Glogster.

This site allows you to make a multimedia digital poster. This is a highly engaging way for students to communicate and share their learning.

Our students today expect to access and create information in the digital realm. We have the technology to meet them where they are. Also, many of our students are visual learners, Glogster gives us and easy way to capitalize on that.

Brenda Blog at discusses the importance of teacher students visual literacy and how Glogster can support that. She also provides links to examples of Glogster in elementary education.

This PDF shows you how to get started with

Here are more examples



I have started using 21classes for student blogging. It has some features that I really like. If you have seen it before,
take another look, it is now much better than when I first saw it.

Things I like about 21Classes:

  • Good privacy settings
  • Easy to use – less features than some blog tools but what is there is easy for students
  • No student email required
  • Simple account creation
  • Some customization allowed
  • Allows some HTML, including embedding images and videos
  • All student blogs are connected through the teacher’s blog
  • Teacher’s blog is “portal to classroom blog community”
  • It is easy for student to find and comment on one anothers’ blogs

Things I don’t like about 21 Classes:

  • Lack of features
  • Not as attractive as some
  • Free accounts only get 2 megs of storage

Steps to starting with wikis

  1. Think through authoring, collaborating, revising and editing. Three big decisions are:
    1. Who will author?
    2. Who will revise and edit?
    3. Who will read?
  2. Prepare and deliver lessons as appropriate on online safety, personal information, ethics and netiquette
  3. Post link to the wiki on your website
  4. Set up teacher account with (make sure to use the free for teachers offer)
  5. Set up wiki home page (and other structure as appropriate)
  6. Add students accounts to wiki
  7. Continually monitor student writing

Wiki Resources

July 25, 2008

The following website can be used to promote educational use of wikis. Carefully select resources for teachers to explore.

How to Links

Pedagogical Considerations

Example Wikis

What to do with a Blog

July 25, 2008

Blogs have great potential as tools in the educational process.

A blog is an easy to edit web pages that contain personal commentaries on issues or subjects the author chooses. Readers can post replies to the author’s original comment. Blogs started when early web surfers would keep a web log of interesting sites and is evolving into a new genre.

What to do with a Blog

Arranged by who post the blog entry and who is allowed to comment.

Teacher post, no comments

  • Electronic newsletter
  • List assignments
  • Keep a journal of your professional learning
  • Share teaching ideas
  • Communicate with parents

Teacher post, student comments **probably the easiest way to get students blogging**

  • Post writing prompts for students to respond to
  • Have students read an article or view content and then react in writing
  • Have students express opinions and provide evidence
  • Students comment on class activities and what they learned from them
  • Point of view – teacher posts scenario or situation and then students comment based on predetermined point of view (historical figures, cultural group or literature characters)

Students post, teacher comments

  • Students keep a journal of their learning
  • Showcase exemplary work
  • Become and expert and show growth in content knowledge

Students post, student or public comments

  • Create a literature circle where students take turns posting and commenting
  • Students publish persuasive writing and invite feedback
  • Students engage in conversation around a topic, comments provide feedback and resources that help the readers and authors better understand the topic.

Steps to starting with social bookmarking

  1. Think through posting and commenting. Three big decisions are:
    1. Will you use a private group or public?
    2. Who will view the group lists?
    3. Who will post sites?
  2. Prepare and deliver lessons as appropriate on online safety, personal information, ethics and netiquette. Diigo is social, it allows you to find “friends” based on what they have bookmarked on these sites. There is a potential for abuse here.
  3. Set up teacher account on
    1. Fill out the personal info or leave blank
  4. Post link to your classroom website or otherwise distribute
  5. Set up tool bar bookmark button on the computers you commonly use