Tuesday, September 28, 2010

We started blogging two days ago...

And, it completely amazes me that my students are already at home posting. I shouldn't be so struck because I know the thrill of blogging but it is incredible to witness their excitement as well as the community and connections already being formed in two, yes two short days.

Monday, I showed them my class blog (on kidblog.org) from last year and a few of the mentor blogs I have collected in my delicious account. They excitedly logged in and we decided to try and "I like" kind of post (didn't hurt that like is one of our word wall words). Tell about yourself as a blogger. What do you like? Who are you? Students were off and completed a post about one or two things they like.

By Tuesday afternoon we were able to read a few of our own published posts. I asked if anyone tried commenting and 5 kids had tried it at home the night before ( I didn't even check to read their posts so I truly had no idea). We easily had 5 experts ready to go today if other students were stuck. Every kid today was able to choose a post and comment on it. Wow.

Some topics for posts already these past two days:
i love skoole
my wobbly tooth
about me

I am noticing after our unit on graphing in math and the thrill of receiving comments, kids are posting about what they like and then posing a question at the end for readers to answer. Like...do you like dogs , yes or no and do you like ice cream or candy?

I am anxious to see what happens next. My goal is to teach them how to upload their own pixie creations onto their own blog from the desktop so they can write about a visual piece. Can't wait to hear how it is going for anyone else giving blogging a try this year.


Stacey said...

That's so exciting! Sounds like they're really taking to it.

Cathy said...

Congrats on the blogging! My students started today and I was so impressed. Getting logged in took the greatest amount of time, but then students were off and running. I am making some cards to help them sign-in. We wrote our first blog about our visitors from Hong Kong. We'll see where we go next.

Good luck to your class.

katied said...

Logging in was tricky for us too! I want to know more about your visitors from Hong Kong. So glad to have other kid bloggers to connect with this year!

The Book Chook said...

So exciting for them to have this opportunity!

Let me know if you need a commenter from Australia.

Mary Lee said...

I had a little setback with the gallbladder and all, but we'll be blogging in the next week or so! I'm so excited!

Cathy said...

First off, I have to say, thank you! Your blog continues to challenge who I am as an educator.

Second, I am excited to try blogging and tweeting with my class this year. I got back nine yes's so far and I'm hoping for a few more.

Do you have access to a computer lab or do you have computers in the room that your student use when logging on? I'm debating between kidblog and edublog...any preferences on your end?