My classes started working on our science blogs and we are so excited! They want to blog everyday… I wouldn’t know anything about all of that. 😉
I’ve used KidBlog for years. The site has evolved nicely and has some great features. It is very secure because I set it so that I moderate all blog entries and comments before they are posted.
My favorite project was the Science Careers Project from a few years ago. Students researched and blogged about their favorite science career. Then, I tracked down as many people as I could from those careers to reply to them and write back and forth about the career. It was amazing! I could have never found all of those people and had them come up to the school. BUT, I could contact friends and friends of friends and beg them to respond and comment on students’ posts. It’s hard to say “no” to that.
I introduce the blog with our Science Blog Rules. Then, I let them on there to explore and see what the deal is. I have a post set up as “Assignment #1” with an easy question to answer about what we are studying.
For the first few posts, they simply respond to a Blog Post that I write. Their comment must contain certain components. Below is the assignment we just started on. Blogging is one of our science stations for this unit. Students spend about 15-20 minutes on a blog post, depending on how familiar they are with computers.
Many students need wait time when questioned. In a blogging situation, they have time to think and draft their response. Shy students have an opportunity to SHINE with blogging. I wouldn’t know anything about that either… 😉
Later in the year, the assignments will require more independence and students will have more choice about what they post on their individual blogs. I can’t wait!
I highly recommend using Kidblog.org.
It’s free, secure, and easy to navigate. KidBlog is now a paid subscription service.