I would like to share some of the uses of blogs for you to ponder during all of your free time. Think of how you can use this tool in your class and let’s set up a time to talk about it . . .even if it is next year!
There are many ways you can use an edublog in your teaching, here are seven to get you started: (They were taken from the edublogs.com site.)
1. Post materials and resources
The web is a fantastic tool when it comes to distributing resources – all you have to do on your Edublog is upload, or copy and paste, your materials to your blog and they’ll be instantly accessible by your student from school and from home. What’s more, you can easily manage who gets to access them through password and plugin safety measures.
2. Host online discussions
If you’ve ever struggled to create an online discussion space – you’re going to love what edublogs will do for you. You can easily manage and edit all responses through your blog’s administrative panel.
3. Create a class publication
Do you remember the good old days of class newspapers? Well, they just got a lot easier with your Edublog – you can add students as contributors, authors and even editors in order to produce a custom designed, finely tuned and engaging collaborative online publication by your class.
4. Replace your newsletter
Always enjoyed photocopying and stapling pages and pages of newsletters on a Friday afternoon? Thought not! It’s ridiculously simple to post class information, news, events and more on your edublog
5. Get your students blogging
It’s all very good sending your students off to blog sites, or even creating them for them, but you need to operate as a hub for their work and a place where they can easily visit each others blogs from.
6. Share your lesson plans
We all love planning and admin, right? Well, using an Edublog can turn planning and reflection on classes into a genuinely productive – and even collaborative – experience. Sharing your plans, your reflections, your ideas and your fears with other educators both at your school and around the world using an edublog is a great way to develop as a teacher, and a brilliant use of a blog.
7. Integrate multimedia of all descriptions
With a couple of clicks you can embed online video, multimedia presentations, slideshows and more into your edublog and mix it up with your text and static resources. No cds required, no coding necessary – just select the video, podcasts or slidecast you’d like to use and whack it in your blog to illustrate, engage and improve your teaching toolbox.