I gave my sixth graders a username and password for access to my classroom blog.
I now have two student "jobs" each day. One student is the blogger of the day and the other the photographer of the day.
I gave them 2 guidelines:
1-Take no photos of students' faces. I don't want to have to deal with permission for that yet.
2- Write something acceptable for your parents to read. This makes sense because all of their parents get an email of blog posts delivered to them daily via FeedBurner.
So far, it has been good! The 3 bloggers of the day have come at the end of the day with something to write about. The 2 photographers of the day have had a picture ready to share and a caption to add. It's been fun to see the photographers (and their friends) ponder what to take a picture of. We have even received a couple comments, one of which we have drafted a class response to.
Why am I doing this? Doesn't it take up extra time?
Sure it does! My goal is to teach my students through experience how to appropriately communicate online. Our class blog is a purposeful place for them to do this.
Check out what they are doing on our classroom blog!
Are you doing this in your classroom? If not, why? If yes, what suggestions do you have for how I could make this more purposeful?