Learning and educating have been very convenient and at ease as time goes by. This is because of the advanced tools use by schools, teachers and students. Social media and blogging play a major role for easier announcement and communication between teachers and students. This way, students don’t only learn. They are also able to enjoy the activities and develop traditional skills like reading, research and writing. A blog meant for teaching is easy to manage if you have a plan.
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Coordinate with the School Administrator
Propose your idea to the school administrators. Check first their web guidelines before you come up with your proposal. Tell your reason for setting up a teaching blog and list all the benefits students and the school can get from it.
Provide Web safety guidelines to the class
Schools and teachers must be aware of the safety measures and etiquette when doing social activities on the web. These should also be discussed to class to ensure polite interactions between web users.
Choose a Blog Platform
There are various blog platforms on the web meant for different purposes. It is important for you to evaluate platforms first before registration. You also need to ensure that the blog platform safety policy meets the school’s guideline.
Creating the Blog
All the pages of the blog need to be relevant to teaching and learning. Some important pages to include on the blog are rules and guidelines, lectures, announcements, homework/project checklist, links to educational resources, links to related pages, forum, and the blog where teachers and students can write or share educational information and experiences.
Teach students to access and manage the blog
Bring a projector in class to demonstrate how the blog works. Each student needs to have an account in order to access the blog. Allow them to create their accounts and explore it until they get the flow and know how to use the blog for much better ways to learn.
The blog has an editor where announcements, to-do lists and lectures can be created. Such pages are only accessible to you, the administrator. Having a blog as a teaching tool is very convenient when you are on a vacation. You can schedule future posts, and be able to answer questions from students as long as you have an internet connection. Encourage students to post on the blog too. They are free to access it but the blog post should be moderated by you before publishing.
Encourage the class to make comments on blog posts to create an interaction that makes the blog more entertaining and exciting to them. The blog can live longer if you do this.
Blogging nowadays can serve as helpful tools business and education need. One must have to understand how to use it properly and safely in order for users to find it useful and enjoyable.
Jennifer Joplin is a part of the research team of help.plagtracker. She loves to write and actively participate on blog discussions.