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Blogging in the Classroom

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Session Description: Blogging in the Classroom

Linda McConville and Joe Rommel Teachers, St. Joseph Public Schools


This session will examine and explore ways of using a classroom blog to connect and engage students in online conversations. Participants will create their own blog using wordpress.com. Attendees will also discover ways that blogs can be used as online portfolios to support student and teacher reflection about learning inside and outside the classroom.


To get started on a blog, it's a good idea to look at what others are doing with classroom blogs. Here are some examples to get you started:


1. Mr. Lauer’s Weblog http://lewiselementary.org/blog/1

Elementary School in Portland, OR – Mr. Lauer is the principal

Teachers post classroom information.


2. Mathematical Musings http://mathmusings.blogspot.com

Middle school math teacher from Decatur, AL


3. Schweers’ Class Blog http://schweers.wordpress.com

3rd grade class – check out rules page:

1. Never use your name when responding on a blog. Use your group name if it is a group question or your initials if it is just you responding.


2. Use kinds words when you respond to others. You do not have to agree with them but you do need to be careful with your words.


3. You can comment from any computer that is connected to the internet. Your comments will not be seen right away because I have to approve of them first.


4. Mrs. Corron’s First Grade http://www.classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=12433



5. Mr. Christman’s Brainy Bunch http://maisdcommunities.org/communities/room35/default.aspx

4th Grade classroom in Fruitport, MI

Check out Super Sentence Expansion


6. Mr. Fowler’s E-Classroom http://mrfowler.wordpress.com

5th Grade teacher in Battle Creek, MI

Check out the YouTube video used for science!


7. Mrs. Adam’s Biology Blog http://maisdcommunities.org/communities/mrsadams/default.aspx

Mona Shores High School Biology classes


8. Mr. Light’ Blog http://tlight.edublogs.org/category/middle-school-news-and-discussion/

Middle school – Look at his blogging guidelines.


9. A History Teacher http://www.ahistoryteacher.com/wordpress/

This history teacher just updated an older blog to wordpress.


10. The Secret Life of Bees http://weblogs.hcrhs.k12.nj.us/bees/

Blog for book discussion.


  • Getting Started with Wordpress


  • Set up account. Your address will be your username.wordpress.com (cannot be changed later)
  • Decide on blog title (can be changed later)
  • Using the dashboard: Write, Manage, Links, Presentation, Users, Options


  • More: Add images to your post, post options, publish, delete a post



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