20 Days to Better Blogging with Children is a project designed to support teachers who are new to blogging but who would like to start using it or those who have started but would like to go a little further. This page has links to all the tasks as they are written. Some of the tasks will take you longer than a day so don’t rush or feel pressured to complete them within a given set of time.
If you are already blogging with children there will be some posts that you can miss out. You can just scan through the tasks and complete the ones that are relevant for you.
Why should children blog?
There are many reasons why children should blog. First and foremost, it helps children to develop their own voice as a writer. It allows children a reasonably low tech way of conveying messages that involve text, sound, photos and videos. If you use the Primary Strategy Literacy framework you will know that there are objectives relating to this starting in Yr 1. Blogging allows childen the opportunity to reflect on their learning and to enter into a discussion with their readers through comments. And on top of all this it will allow children to improve their writing because audience and purpose are all.
- Day 1 Become a reader of blogs
- Day 2 Keep Track of Your Blogs
- Day 3 Joining in the discussion
- Day 4 Staying Safe
- Day 5 Finding your blog
- Day 6 Post It!
- Day 7 What are they interested in?
- Day 8 Commenting
- Day 9 Post it with children
- Day 10 Creating a community of readers
- Day 11 Hyperlinked texts – the cat’s cradle of writing
- Day 12 Tagging Texts
- Day 13 Photoblogging
- Day 14 Visual appeal
- Day 15 Reading and commenting
- Day 16Moving appeal
- Day 17 Parcels, letters and special delivery
- Day 18 What do other bloggers say about blogging with children?
- Day 19 How has it been for you?
- Day 20 What might you write about? Blogging projects.