Click a link to learn more about blogging:
What is a blog?
Why have your students blog?
Blogging Platforms for Students
Introducing Blogging to Your Students
What do they blog about?
Grading Resources
Samples and Collaborating Resources
Teacher Blogging
Blogging Bonanza Training Site

What is a Blog?

A blog is a shared online journal where people can post diary entries about their personal experiences and hobbies

Blogs in Plain English

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Why Have Your Students Blog?

Goals and Benefits of Student Blogging

12 Reasons to Blog with Students

6 Reasons Why Kids Should Know How to Blog

5 Reasons You Should Be Blogging in Your Classroom

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Blogging Platforms for Students

  • 500 mb file limit for the entire class to share so you must resize pictures before uploading.
  • Can embed outside resources and links.
KidBlog App-
Simple Student Registration:


  • 32 mb file limit per blog.
  • Can't embed outside resources but can link to them.

Must be 13 or over to use

Word Press-
Must be 13 or over to use

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Introducing Blogging to Your Students

Sample Rules for Content:

• Make sure your work is the best it can be
• Think before you post: Make sure what you write is appropriate to put online.
• Always tell the truth on your posts
• Online work is NOT private. Never publish online the following information:
  • Address
  • Last Name
  • Password
  • Phone Number
  • E-mail address
  • Detailed physical description
  • Detailed location where you can be found on a given day and time
  • Photos of yourself
• Never share your user name or password with anyone except your teachers and parents.
• Is your post learning related?
• Give credit in your works cited list to anyone whose work you use. Never use other people’s work and call it your own. In other words, don’t cut, copy, or plagiarize Internet content!
• Share your knowledge with others; when you learn something new, pass it along to someone else who can benefit.
• Carefully proofread your online work before you post, just like you would a regular letter. Use good form, spelling and grammar.
• Capital letters are regarded as “SHOUTING.” Be careful with them.
• Don’t publicly criticize (or “flame”) others. Don’t be offensive, and don’t ever use bad language.
• Never log in as someone else.

Ideas from

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What Do They Blog About?

Digital Portfolio- post links to projects created online, pictures, etc.

Scroll down on this page for a list of blogging ideas for all grade levels

Concept Task Cards- Every subject area has a set of concept task cards that provide great starter questions for blogs.

Question Stems
From Checking for Understanding book

Bloom's Question Stems
From Checking for Understanding book


Real World- How does ___ fit in the real world?

Blogging and Formative Assessment
2 Stars and a Wish
I Used to Think but Now I Know
Two Minute Paper
Shift Statement
Road Sign
Give One to Get One
Muddiest Point
Read, Write, Pair, Share
Writing-To-Learn Prompts
  • Admit Slips and Exit Tickets
  • Crystal Ball
  • Found Poems
  • Awards
  • Yesterday's News
  • Take a Stand
  • Letters

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Rules for Commenting:

• Acknowledge the author of the blog post.
• Let the author know if you agree with him/her and why.
• It is also ok to disagree with something, just let the author know why you feel that way.
• One word comments are not very useful. Writing just “cool” or “nice” are not very helpful and don’t let the author of the blog post really know what you are thinking.
• Always make sure you follow “netiquette”. Think if it is appropriate BEFORE you hit the submit button.
• Always be polite . It does not matter if you agree or disagree with what you are reading in a blog. Don’t write anything you would be ashamed of saying to someone’s face.
• Don’t hurt somebody’s feelings.

Encouraging Thoughtful Comments

Before beginning a blog or wiki project with students, take some time to teach them HOW to write appropriate comments that will lead to meaningful discussions. Some good sentence starters are...
  • This reminds me of…
  • This is similar to…
  • I wonder…
  • I realized…
  • I noticed…
  • I’d like to know…
  • I’m surprised that…
  • If I were _, I would __
  • Although it seems…
  • I’m not sure that…

Great graphic for student reference

Nearpod Lesson for Teaching Students How to Leave Quality Comments:

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Grading Resources

Student Blog Rubric

Blog Score Sheet

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Samples of Student Driven Blogs

2nd Grade -
6th-7th ELA -

3rd Grade-
1st Grade-
4th Grade-

40+ Examples of Classroom and Student Blogs -

Other Blogging Resources

Collaboration- Finding Classes

Comments for Kids-
Around the World with 80 Schools-
Skype in Schools-
Skype other Classrooms-
Projects by Jen-
Global School-
Quad Blogging -

Ideas for Getting Parents Involved

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Blogging for Teachers:

Blogging Platforms for Teachers


Video tutorial:


Setting Up Google Reader

Google Reader is an easy way to read lots of blogs in one place. No more checking each of your favorite blogs everyday! Just open your Google Reader and any new content will show up there.

Blogs to Follow

Technology Integration

iPads in the Classroom

Great List of Blogs for K-7 Teachers + Librarians (sorted by grade level)

Massive List of Blogs for Teachers (sorted by grade level)


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

Secondary- Language Arts

Secondary- Social Studies

Secondary- Science

Secondary- Math

Special Education



GCISD Teachers
Caroline Presley 2nd Grade -
Karen Gelles 1st Grade -
Maureen Simmons 1st Grade -
Luvina Subia Special Services -

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