Staff creating their own classroom blogs is a great way to provide resources to your students. This could be extra resources for a lesson, a video, or more. Did a student miss you class? well, you can have a recording of the entire time as well as any resources you sent out. Students can post information and comments and be part of an online community.
The trick is getting started. Some staff my have been blogging for years, others, never. A way I am getting staff new into blogging is to take something they need to do (PD or Professional Development, reporting and discussion) and make it easier, by using a blog setup just for it.
I have created a school blog (using the Global 2 platform, an initiative of the Victorian Government that uses WordPress as it base – more details below). Then I enrol all of our staff as students. This will allow them to sign into the blog with their unique details and make posts.
Or, as I put it on the PD blog:
We will be using this blog to post your findings from any recent PD you have been on. It will be a great way for you to share and collaborate on your hard work. It will also be handy to come back to for your own records.
You can use the categories that have been setup to help people find your work, also you can tag your post with relevant info so users can find other topics related.
Be sure to add your comments to other staff members posts if you have any questions or want more info.
As blogs are a connected, media rich tool try and add some images, videos and other media from your day (such as PDF documents, PowerPoints, links and more)
Thanks for your hard work, knowledge and input, it will help all of us grow!
All staff will be responsible for creating their own posts (I will of course provide training and assistance if needed) as opposed to one person being in charge of this process, this way they can begin to build up their own skills, knowledge and confidence to go out and create a blog for their own class.
More info on Global 2:
Global 2 is a blogging platform - http://global2.vic.edu.au/
Global2 is a blogging community for Victorian schools. It allows teachers to manage an individual blog or manage their students to manage their own blogs.
Global2 can be accessed and used on Mobile devices and features technology allowing users to blog, Wiki, message board and add (or embed) and connect other technologies.
This blog will be updated regally by staff that have gone on professional development days.
What you present is up to you. With the ease and flexibility of a blog such as these you can add text, images, video, links, interactivity and more.