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Blogging - Testing the Waters

posted Feb 14, 2011, 5:50 PM by Keri-Lee Beasley   [ updated Feb 21, 2011, 8:45 PM ]
This year we would like every Grade 6 student to have the opportunity to have a blog. Blogs offer a world of possibilities, and while it is an expectation that you work on your blog in class, I hope you will make it your own, and use it outside the parameters of the classroom.

Personally, I have found having a blog to be fantastic for sharing thoughts and ideas, reflecting on my learning, and engaging in conversation with people who are interested in Education.

Before we dive in to getting our own blogs up and running, we will take the time to think about what makes a good blog.

Here are some things to think about:
  • What do you see that attracts your attention on blogs you enjoy?
  • What makes you want to explore a blog you come across?
  • How do you navigate the blogs you like best?
  • What do you think helps a blog look inviting?
  • What kind of information is shared on the blogs you like best?
  • How much information is shared on the blogs you like best?
  • After looking at a number of blogs, what are the key features you think every blog needs?
Here is a list of blogs from around the world, on a range of different topics. Choose 3 of the ones I have posted below and review them on this blog research sheet. Then choose 2 more blogs (with school appropriate content) to review. You will need to make a copy and rename it in your Google Docs.

We will discuss 2 of my favourite food blogs in class:
ChubbyHubby - Singaporean food blog
Chocolate & Zucchini - French food blog

Here are a list of other blogs to review:
Confessions of a Travel Junkie - Joseph Linaschke's travel blog
MacRumours - a site dedicated to the latest Mac info
Moturoa's Blog - a Year 4 class blog from NZ
The Book Bloggers - students review books
ReadWriteWeb - a popular ed-tech blog
ZenHabits - a blog promoting balance in your life

Link to DSz Blog research

Link to MiB Blog research

Link to AMO Blog research

Image: I Blog by Alamodestuff
Content in this blog post draws on the work of Kim Cofino at YIS and her post on Becoming a Blogger