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Better Blogging With Students runs for ten weeks from January 15 to March 25, 2018.

Kathleen Morris will be facilitating the course with help from Ronnie Burt and the team at Edublogs, semi-retired teacher Sue Wyatt, and other members of the educational blogging community.

Every week, we will cover a different topic to help you explore how to set up a quality blogging program in your classroom.

We’ll be focusing a lot on the process, pedagogy, and potential of a blogging program.

We want to be primarily looking at how blogging can be integrated into your classroom to help your students achieve the best possible outcomes. Of course, all of our students and classrooms are unique, so this will mean different things to different people.

How Do You Participate In The Course?

There are 5 components to our weekly topics and you can work through the steps at a time that suits you. Let’s break this down.

1 EMAIL: Check your inbox at the start of each week. I will be sending you an email that sets the scene with an overview of the weekly topic.
2 BLOG POST: You’ll find your set reading for the weekly topic right here on this blog. The link will be in your email (or head straight to https://betterblogging.edublogs.org and you’ll see the newest post at the top of the home page). This reading will give you some insights, ideas, examples, links, and resources about our weekly topic.
3 TASK: At the end of the weekly blog post you’ll find your task which you’ll be asked to report on in a comment. The task will be designed to help develop your thinking or skills, while connecting with fellow bloggers. You will be offered a range of choices so you can find something that would be most beneficial to you. Also, if you’re having a busy week and feeling time poor, you can just do something small. We want to help you learn, reflect, and grow and the more you put in, the more you’ll get out. However, we want this to be a manageable experience too and don’t want to make the course a burden.
4 FACEBOOK: Our closed Facebook group is for course members to connect and learn from one another. We’ll post discussion prompts and invite you to post your own tips or questions. It will be our own amplified personal learning network. We encourage you to make the most of this network by checking the group regularly and replying to others. (Note: a closed Facebook group means only people in the group can see what you post. So you can feel comfortable contributing knowing that your friends and family won’t see your group posts on their news feeds.)
5 EXTRA INSIGHTS: We know how powerful it is to hear from others. From time to time we’ll bring in different voices from the blogging or edtech community and invite them to share their story, tips, or insights. This might be through a blog post or in our Facebook group. We’ll alert you to this in our weekly emails.

 

This PDF overview of the course might be handy to print or save.

Help! I’m A Brand New Blogger

While we are focusing a lot on the classroom application of blogging, we want to make sure everyone feels comfortable with the technical side of blogging too.

For our newbies, we recommend you head straight to our Beginner Bloggers page. There is a 15 minute tutorial video there for you to help you get started. You’ll also find all the links you need to get a blog and get it set up.

We will also be outlining key how-tos in our weekly blog posts and linking to relevant tutorials.

Our aim is to help you build up your skills over the weeks.

Need More Help?

If at any time you need more personal support with your blog, don’t hesitate to email our support team.

Sue, Ronnie, Christine, Eugene, Sylvie, and the team aim to get back to everyone as soon as possible. The email address is support@edublogs.org

You might also want to bookmark the Edublogs Help and Support site. This is a handy reference for both beginners and experienced bloggers.

Who Is Participating?

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