Blogging is one way that students can demonstrate the understanding of scientific concepts and develop communication skills. Blogs are websites where the most recent posts created show up at the top of the page and older posts get pushed down the page. Blogs can contain text, images, video and other embedded media.

Blogs can be created with one writer, or with multiple writers who collaborate or take turns posting. Some classes have one blog for their class where the teacher and students take turn creating posts about scientific concepts and learning from class. Other classroom learning activities have students creating and maintaining blogs individually or in small groups around social or environmental issues. Research and media creations can be shared on blogs. Students can comment on each others blogs and share their work with the world.

Comment moderation is a feature on blog tools that allows the owner of the blog to require “approval” of all comments written by readers before they show up on the blog for others to see. This safety measure allows teachers to ensure that comments from the general public are appropriate and support the educational goals of the project.

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Resources

Blogger (GAFE)

  • if schools/board has access to GAFE tools, can use the same accounts to access Blogger

  • free

  • blogs by nature are open and public unless settings are used to make private

  • comments by others can be set to be moderated, requiring approval before appearing on site

  • must ensure all school and board policies for sharing student information and work are followed

Blogger Getting Started

Edublogs

  • a blogging tool with features designed for classrooms

  • free limited version or paid pro teacher account

  • if using paid teacher account, ability to set up student accounts within a class system

  • blogs by nature are open and public unless settings are used to make private

  • comments by others can be set to be moderated, requiring approval before appearing on site

  • must ensure all school and board policies for sharing student information and work are followed

Edublogs Help and Support

Wordpress

  • a popular blogging platform for all blogging purposes

  • free limited version with paid features available

  • possible advertising on free versions

  • blogs by nature are open and public unless settings are used to make private

  • comments by others can be set to be moderated, requiring approval before appearing on site

  • must ensure all school and board policies for sharing student information and work are followed

Wordpress Help

Provincial vLE - blogging application

  • within the vLE learning management system, there is an application for blogging

  • ask school or board contact for access information

  • blogs are within the closed vLE environment unless settings are used to make public to others

  • students commenting on other students blogs

  • must ensure all school and board policies for sharing student information and work are followed