Classroom blogs are my favorite blogs! What better way to teach children that their voices matter than to have them share their own creations with the rest of the world. Below are three examples of classroom blogs that I find to be creative, informative, and fun. Included are blogs from an elementary school, a middle school, and a high school.
Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog
~Third graders learning and sharing together~
Mrs. Yollis has been teaching for 28 years. It is obvious from her blog that she understands the importance technology has in the classrooms of today, and she stays up-to-date with blogging, coding, graphics, and any new gizmo available to teachers. She has an excellent YouTube video explaining why she blogs, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWESkdrd_gc#t=149, and she even includes her students. Mrs. Yollis feels that giving her students a worldview is important, and her class even Skypes with classrooms from all around the world. Each student participates in the blog, and contributions include artwork, history, and even blogs about their vacations. Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog is an excellent example of how fun blogging can be for both teachers and students.
Mr. Miller’s Class Blog
This blog is created by Mr. Miller and his 7th grade World History class at Chalone Peaks Middle School in central California. Mr. Miller posts about topics ranging from Japanese poetry to Medieval English villages. He uses Minecraft in several instances to teach his students, and I found this to be an excellent way to get the attention of his classes. As we all know, Minecraft is huge among kids (and adults), and I loved how he found a way to incorporate this popular video game. He also has students in his class create their own blogs, which he shares on the classroom blog. There is a live tracker on his blog which keeps up with the location of each visitor, and I found this to be a really cool feature. One of his blogs featured him being interviewed by a puppet named Wokka, http://mrmillersblog.com/2014/09/27/mr-miller-meets-wokka/, which was pretty funny. I researched more about Wokka, and found the website http://edupuppets.com/, which is also worth a visit.
Head Outta the Book
Where reading a book is just the beginning
Miss Harris is a high school English teacher, and she has had this blog since 2010. She created the blog for her to connect with her students and for her students to connect with each other. She posts the assignments for each day, as well as what was done each class period. I like that her students can connect to the blog to find out what they missed if they were out of class or even to just get a reminder of what is expected of them for homework. The students blogs are also shared on the main classroom blog page. Miss Harris updates her blog on a daily basis, and she has her Flickr account connected to the blog as well. This is a great example of a blog that brings the class together, and keeps everyone from the students to the parents in the loop of what is going on day-by-day in her classroom. I like that she also posts personal things in her blog. I think it is a good thing for students to realize that their teachers are people, too. I feel that it is easier to connect to a student once they realize that teachers have faults just like everyone else. This blog post from Miss Harris, http://deborahharris.edublogs.org/2013/07/01/the-teacher-i-try-to-be/, posts a link to a talk that describes what kind of teacher she strives to be.