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What is a blog and what is blogging?

A blog is a website where authors regularly add text, photos, audio, and links. It is often likened to a journal. Readers can usually add comments. Blogs can be published by classes, groups, or individuals, and are great for students to record the development of projects and reflect on their learning. Blogging is the adding of new material to a blog.

Nic Mason, teacher at Russell Street School , and his students describe the process, some of the tools, and the learning they gain through creating blog posts.

Why use a blog?

A blog can be a useful tool to extend learning opportunities for students. Potential benefits include:

  • authenticity – authentic writing for authentic audiences  
  • developing communication skills – both through posting and commenting 
  • building stronger connections between students, classes, and between home and school 
  • digital citizenship – an authentic context for students to learn about proper etiquette and cybersafety 
  • motivation to become independent writers and readers
  • opportunities for reflection and discussion.

Find out more about using a blog as an e-Portfolio »

Blogger and Scribd

Students at Hinuera School in Matamata used Blogger and Scribd to support inquiry focused learning.

Tags: Effective pedagogy, Social sciences, Student inquiry, Blogging, Publishing, Social media, Primary, Upper primary

Blogger

Students at St Pius X School in Auckland improved their literacy skills and their perceptions of themselves as learners through blogging.

Tags: Effective pedagogy, English, Blogging, Social media, Primary, Upper primary

Collaborating using Blogger

Students from Melville Intermediate School used Blogger to share their development of te reo Māori and receive feedback.

Tags: English, Learning languages, Blogging, Social media, Primary, Upper primary

Engagement through Blogger

Students at Epsom Girls Grammar School improved their writing ability and their understanding of assessment standards through the use of blogging.

Tags: English, Blogging, Social media, Secondary, Upper secondary

Wikispaces

This snapshot describes how students at Ashburton College used Wikispaces to present the results of an inquiry into career planning.

Tags: Technology, Blogging, Publishing, Secondary, Upper secondary

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e-Portfolios in the classroom

e-Portfolios in the classroom

Associate Principal and Senior Team Leader at Te Kura o Tiori Burnham School, Linda Sweeny, explains the process for setting up Blogger for students to use as an e-Portfolio. 

Sharing learning using the class blog and e-portfolios

Sharing learning using the class blog and e-portfolios

Teacher, Jacqui Innes from Russell Street School describes how students individual e-portfolios and the class blog serve different purposes but work in conjunction with each other. 

Using e-portfolios to record the learning process

Using e-portfolios to record the learning process

Russell Street School teacher, Jacqui Innes, describes the process and benefits of planning explicitly for what students will share on their e-portfolios.

Bringing the classroom to the community

Bringing the classroom to the community

Staff at Mahurangi Christian School discuss how the school connects the classroom to the community through digital technologies.

Engaging parents in learning through technology

Engaging parents in learning through technology

Hillcrest Normal School teacher, Michelle Macintyre shares how technology has enabled parents to be involved in different ways with students' learning.

e-Portfolios - policies and procedures

e-Portfolios - policies and procedures

James Rea, Deputy Principal at Russell Street School , explains the purpose and content of their e-portfolio documentation.

Connecting learning and the community

Connecting learning and the community

Teacher, Nicki Fielder and students from Apiti School explain the different social media tools they use to connect with parents and the wider community.

Developing digital literacies using Google Apps

Developing digital literacies using Google Apps

The principal of Ruawai Primary School, explains how Google Apps are used to develop digital literacies, creative thinking, and communication skills in a collaborative environment. 

Using blogs to communicate with the school community

Using blogs to communicate with the school community

James Rea, DP at Russell Street School, shares how students are using their library blog to post book reviews and character profiles.

Learning partnerships with parents

Learning partnerships with parents

Parents of Hampden Street School students explain how blogging and e-portfolios help them stay connected with their children's learning.

Developing students capability to make effective blog posts

Developing students capability to make effective blog posts

Nic Mason, teacher at Russell Street School , and his students describe the process, some of the tools, and the learning they gain through creating blog posts.

Benefits of a class blog

Benefits of a class blog

Russell Street School teacher, Nic Mason and his students talk about the purpose of their class blog and the importance of the feedback they get.

Netbooks - an "onramp" to success in literacy

Netbooks – an "onramp" to success in literacy

Using a netbook, Google docs, and blogging has increased engagement and improved learning outcomes for student Kieren. 

Authentic learning experiences facilitated through a wiki

Authentic learning experiences facilitated through a wiki

French teacher Sarah Collett and two of her students, describe the usefulness of using a wiki to create and enhance authentic language learning experiences.

Improving student writing using blogs

Improving student writing using blogs

Wairakei School teacher and her student explain why blogging encourages students to produce better quality work because it is being seen and commented on by an authentic audience.

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Resources

On Blast Blog
A list of free blogging sites and platforms and information on choosing the right platform for you.

EDtalks: Assessment
Ewan McIntosh talks about developments in formative and individualised assessment in Scotland, and encourages the use of blogs as online learning logs.

Social media guidelines for schools: Blogging and web 2.0 considerations for schools
The resource on NetSafe's LGP site, Blogging and Web 2.0 considerations for schools, is a PDF created to "assist schools in developing a policy for the safe and educationally appropriate use" of various web 2.0 tools.

Learning about blogs for your students - Part II: Writing langwitches blog
This bookmarked link from the Virtual Learning Network provides information on blogging as a reflection of your teaching practice.

Blogging and the key competencies
This link on the Key Competencies website provides collated thoughts from ICT PD facilitator Tessa Gray about the ways in which the key competencies can align with e-learning practices online, such as writing a blog.

Featured snapshot of learning

Increasing engagement through Blogger
Find out how students improved their writing ability and their understanding of assessment standards through the use of blogging.

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