In this second challenge we will see how you can set up a class blog. This is the second step of the blogging challenge. You can find the first step here: #1 Why to blog with your students.
If you want to start blogging with your students, it is highly recommended that you start with a class blog. A class blog will create a virtual classroom, a virtual place where your students can be engaged to your lesson inside and outside the classroom. If your class blog is successful then you can ask your students to create their own personal blogs.
I usually suggest to teachers to use edublogs with their students. The reasons that I suggest this free provider is that it is usually not restricted from the school firewall and it really easy to use.
So, let’s get it started!
1. Visit the page edublogs.org and choose between the three blogging options. When I ask a student to make a blog I suggest to choose the first option that an email address is not required. For a class blog you can choose the second option.
2. Choose a blog domain. The domain of the blog should be simple, short and easy to remember. It can be a name that all the students agree such as giraffe class or the orange class. The name can also be the teacher’s name such as Elinda’s English Class or the full name of the teacher.
3. Adjust the appearence of the blog. After you sign up and choose the blog domain and name, the dashboard will appear to your screen. On the left sidebar of your dashboard there is the option Appearance –> Themes.
You can find a list with many class blogs, provided by Sue Waters, here.
The next blogging challenge #3: Posting and Commenting.