A class blog was never really something I thought about creating before taking this class. Now, I keep coming up with arguments with myself FOR a class blog – and my arguments with myself against a class blog seem to be fading (and losing the battle)!
My students are 5- and 6-year-olds who do not always have access to a computer at home, so making the blog comments a must would be difficult and unfair. However, I can see using a class blog to interact with parents as well as other classes around the world. Parents could come for information about class events, as well as for an update on our class (without having to press 5-year-olds for details!). If we started communicating with another class across the world, blogs would provide a great way to keep them updated – or even to monitor class projects (such as the growing and changing Darkling beetles we currently have!).
I can see having students design and come up with a short post about our day (or realistically, week) would be a great writing motivator. My students love typing on the computer, and I could see a blog as being a great outlet for their creativity and writing skills.
We will have to wait and see which side of me wins – stay tuned!
Do you use a class blog? What works – or doesn’t work?