As a teacher starting a classroom blog it is important to have a solid idea of what the blog will look like before actually creating it. Having a good plan and sticking to it can mean the difference between failure and success for your classroom blog.
First off as a teacher you should think about who your audience will be. What is the purpose of the blog and who are you trying to reach are great questions to ask yourself. This could include parents, students, the school or just the general community. Dependent on this the creation of the classroom blog will take on different forms.
Secondly, the teacher must decide the name of the classroom blog. This can tend to be more challenging then you would first think. This is because the domain has to be unique and with the sheer quantity of people on the Internet the teacher may have to be creative with the name they choose. A tip for finding a domain name that has not been used is to choose something that is obscure and unique to the classroom or school. That way it is less likely that someone else will have already taken the name.
Arguably most importantly, what will the students be blogging about? The blog can take on whatever form the teacher can imagine and has no limitations to what it can be used for. The most obvious way a classroom blog can be used is to build on information that is touched upon in class. The teacher could also ask questions on a particular article or video and have students respond with their thoughts.
Who will be blogging and how often is another important question a teacher can ask themselves. Will all the students’ blogs be posted every week or will only the best students blog be posted? It is important to set up a routine for the students to follow so they can be prepared and know what is expected of them.