Wikipedia defines a blog as a "website where entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order." Many refer to blogs as online diaries or journals.

Blogging In Plain English

Blog Providers: Edublogs Blogger

What can you do with a blog?

You might like to create a reflective, journal type blog to...

  • reflect on your teaching experiences.
  • keep a log of teacher-training experiences.
  • write a description of a specific teaching unit.
  • describe what worked for you in the classroom and what didn't work.
  • provide some teaching tips for other teachers.
  • write about something you learned from another teacher.
  • explain teaching insights you gain from what happens in your classes.
  • share ideas for teaching activities or language games to use in the classroom.
  • provide some how-to's on using specific technology int he class, describing how you used this technology in your own class.
  • explore important teaching and learning issues.

You might like to start a class blog to...

  • post class-related information such as calendars, events, homework assignments and other pertinent information.
  • post assignments based on literature readings and have students respond on their own weblogs, create a kind of portfolio of their work.
  • communicate with parents if you are teaching elementary school students.
  • post prompts for writing.
  • provide examples of classwork, vocabulary activities, or grammar game.
  • provide online readings for your students to read and react to.
  • gather and organize Internet resources for a specific course, providing links to appropriate sites and annotating the links as to what is relevant about them.
  • post photos and comment on class activities.
  • invite student comments or postings on issues in order to give them a writing voice.
  • publish examples of good student writing done in class.
  • show case student art, poetry, and creative stories.
  • create a dynamic teaching site, posting not only class-related information, but also activities, discussion topics, links to additional information about topics they are studying in class, and readings to inspire learning.
  • create a literature circle.
  • create an online book club.
  • make use of the commenting feature to have students publish messages on topics being used to develop language skills.
  • ask students to create their own individual course blogs, when they can post their own ideas, reactions and written work.
  • post tasks to carry out project-based learning tasks with students.
  • build a class newsletter, using student-written articles and photos they take.
  • link your class with another class somewhere else in the world.
Retrieved from Tapped In and posted by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach.

Examples of Class Blogs:

Erin McGuyer's classes at Hewitt Trussville Middle School
Larry Jones' science classes at Hewitt Trussville Middle School