WordPress who host this blog have just announced that from now on they will provide 3GB of space for free to their users. This a huge amount of space, and means that you can upload plenty of photos and documents. Unfortunately you still need to buy an upgrade to upload audio or video files, but this only costs $20 a year (around £10 at the moment).
What is a blog? – see here for the Wikipedia definition.
Why have a blog? Well they can be used in a number of ways. Here are just a few suggestions – feel free to reply with your own ideas:
1. Primary school teachers could set up a class blog in order to showcase work, keep parents better informed about what is happening, post news items etc.
2. Teachers from any subject and key stage can set up their own blog for setting homework, providing revision notes or useful links.
3. Creative writing blogs for an English class – pupils can post their poetry or stories, with photos, and other students can then provide peer reviews using the reply option. The teacher can change the settings so that all comments are moderated, to avoid any inappropriate replies.
4. Field trip/exchange blog – pupils can write up what they do on a field trip or foreign language exchange, with photos, links and audio commentary. Students back at school can then access this and use it as material for their lesson.
5. Partner schools blog – have a blog that students in your school and a partner school (e.g. in Germany) can contribute to. Students from both countries can write posts about their school life or any other aspect of their own culture to compare lives in different countries. It’s an easy way to share photos and news.
6. Set up a blog for your department or whole staff, to share information, useful tips, resources, links etc.
http://www.nodehillfrench.typepad.com/ – French blog from Nodehill School, with news, interviews and pupils’ speaking tasks.
http://www.sandaigprimary.co.uk/pivot/ – Sandaig Primary School blog.
http://fwe2.motime.com/ – An English teacher in Portugal’s blog.
Important note: When creating a blog for students to use, it is important to make sure you (or students themselves) don’t post personal details, full names, photos of students (unless with parental consent) on a public blog. WordPress allows you to password protect posts, in case you want to limit access to certain information.