It has been over a month now since I started up my blog, and I have to say I have enjoyed it more than I thought I would. At first I thought it would just be another thing I had to keep updating, but it has been nice to share my thoughts and hear what others have to say as well.
The program I have used for my blog is Edublogs. At first I wasn’t really sure what I was doing, or what I was meant to write, but I feel like I have gotten the hang of it and I hope people have enjoyed reading it. First I had to change the blog to suit me. I changed the theme, changed the colour scheme, added a few widgets (a month ago I didn’t even know what a widget was!) and changed my header. Then it was time to start posting my entries. I tried to keep up with reflecting on the weekly program we were looking at in EST340, but I also included a few videos and articles regarding issues I thought were important or interesting.
Overall throughout my time as a blogger, I have found the task to be quite interesting. Here are my views on Edublogs:
• Fairly easy to use.
• You can really customise the blog to suit your personality (or the personality of your class).
• You can add pictures and videos.
• You can add heaps of widgets.
• It would be really user friendly for students to use.
• When I changed the theme of my blog, it made all of my past post go crazy, so I had to go into each one and edit them.
• As a class blog, I’m not sure how safe it is in terms of strangers seeing what the students have been doing, and even viewing their photos.
Keeping a blog is something I would definitely try as a teacher. I think it is a great way to communicate with students and their families and share what has been going on in the classroom. Some things you could include in your class blog would be:
• Home work reminders
• Excursion reminders
• Notes to parents.
• Students work.
• Students of the week.
• Class discussion topics
And I am sure there is so much more!
It is definitely something that would take a lot of dedication from both the teacher and the students, but if the effort was put in I am sure it would be very beneficial for everyone. Well that’s my thoughts on Edublogs, I would love to hear of what others think.
Until next time…