What do students write about in the blog?

  • Content we are learning in class - (After we finish a lesson, my students will often say, "We should blog about this!" Imagine, having students ASK if they can write about what they are learning. Here is a post written after a Science lesson on light. )

  • Topics that interest them personally - (One student has written posts about his community service group call Boys in Action.)

  • A place they have visited - If a student wants to write a travel post, they must include educational facts about the place. For example, the writer must include relevant information about population, elevation, or the economy of a place. We are an educational blog, so each post must inform. We have travel posts from Washington, D.C., Lake Tahoe, and Palm Springs!

  • Tutorials! When students find a certain topic difficult, as was the case with quadrilaterals, we sometimes create a tutorial. Students can revisit the blog to refresh their memory about the subject.

What kinds of movie projects do students produce?

Sometimes making a video is the best way to share information.

  • Here are some presentations of our dioramas. Rather than sharing their project in class, students recoreded a short video presentation. Students could then use the comment section to respond to their classmate's project.

The content of this blog is always educational. I look for opportunities for my students to write or share about what they are learning.

Although I use many web 2.0 tools and gadgets, I am constantly thinking about what brings educational value to this site for my students rather than what brings flash.

Here is a link to a blog post about how we get a story written and published on our blog.