I am somewhat familiar with using blogs in the classroom already. I teach third grade and last year was my first year to have a classroom blog. However, as I am learning more about blogs, I did not use it to its fullest potential. I mainly used it to keep family and friends updated on certain happenings in the classroom. I would also post special projects (for example Power Points) and pictures. Each week, I would have two students write down on an index card what they would like to share on our blog. I would then type in what they wrote, have them read what I typed, and okay it or add more before I posted it. This was my first experience with blogs so I plan to improve upon the use of it this coming year. I plan to keep up the classroom blog but want to turn more of the responsibility over to my students.
I also plan to have a blog for each of my students. I will use the blogs for their journal prompt responses that we do each week. I hope this will motivate my students to produce quality answers instead of writing down brief and inadequate answers. This will also be an easy way for me to comment and respond to their responses. I will also require them to read and respond to a certain number of their classmates’ posts. I hope that by opening this up to parents that they will also participate in responding to several of the students' posts. Eventually, I want to expand the use of the blogs for their writing too. By using the blogs for the journal prompts and their writing, it will give my students an authentic audience and the interaction will give them a purpose as they write.