Class blogs and comments
There is lots of activity in the blogosphere and on Twitter at the moment about class blogs. This article highlights some excellent sites and support available. I have become caught up with it all after tweeting with David Mitchell at Heathfield Primary School in bolton. The school has set up blogs for most classes and David regularly asks his PLN to support the children by commenting. Always happy to oblige, I add my five pennith to the others.
Now this may seem a strange thing to do. However, it has been a great experience for me. So much so that I now have 6 schools that I support in this way (one in Australia) – almost a cottage industry of commenting!
The posts range from specific pieces of literacy, numeracy, art from the children to explanations from teachers, aimed at parents. At first I just commented on what I saw – always positive and hopefully well received. I then moved onto posing a question if possible to try and help the children engage with their audience.
As my ‘relationship’ with Year 6 at Heathfield is well established now (apparently the children did wonder if it was David at first!) I have asked if he would like me to move more into the role of a critical friend with my comments. The class were asked what they thought about this and I have been given permission as they ‘can take it’! I’m looking forward to comments from them on my comments!
This all serves to show me that pupil engagement is key whatever the medium used. I’m sure by the end of the year many class blogs will have developed beyond recognition or they will have disappeared such is the evolutionary nature of technology. However, while they are here they provide a great platform for many children who would otherwise not engage with technology and are probably not keen on literacy either! I have asked teachers for some feedback on what the reaction is from the children when they read comments and it has all been positive. In many instances, it has spurred the children on to go further in that piece of work.
The next big push for schools is to get parents to engage and I know that is a little more patchy in its success. However, with children being so keen, I’m sure it won’t be long before parents are using class blogs beyond collecting information.
Do you have a class blog you would like me to comment on? Have your parents got their own blog? Are you desperate to start a class blog but do not know where to start?Images courtesy of Google