If you know it, show it. The Common Core sets up rigorous expectations for students to demonstrate their learning. The blog is perhaps one of the most adaptable and accessible digital tools for schools to setup.
Blogs provide writing opportunities across content areas and allow students to collaborate across a campus, district, and globally. They are also a powerful tool during the learning experience, allowing students to assume the roles of scribe, researcher, global communicator, and tutorial designer (November, 2012) which I wrote about here.
Last year I personally set up over 1500 student blogs on various platforms and this year the trend continues. This morning, I decided to try another blogging platform…one I’ve heard great things about, but never implemented, Edublogs.
Within a half hour, I was able to setup my blog space and create content. Operating on WordPress, Edublogs provides a super functional back end. Easily, the best combination of features and friendly user experience I’ve used. Check it out here. I’m looking forward to rolling this out in classrooms this year. In addition to a stellar platform, Edublogs has a fantastic reputation for customer support.
The Common Core references dozens of technology standards throughout the strands. If you’re in California (and even if you’re not), Fresno and Kings counties offices of education have produced a helpful resource that distills these technology standards into a single document.
Have you had any experiences with blogging platforms that you love? Drop me a line at email@example.com and explain what worked well and what didn’t.
November, A. (2012). Who owns the learning: preparing students for success in the digital age. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.