Looking For Bloggin’ Good Blogs

Today was the first day in the lab with the seniors and a chance to re-focus on their passion project blogs. Over the break I had developed a rubric to guide their work on the blog based projects and today we had a discussion with the first two groups about the expectations. We have decided that at a minimum we want to have the students work on their blogs at least once per week. We also began to discuss how they might like to present their final project and how we would like them to experiment with more than one mode of presentation. To show off some of the possibilities and provide other resources, I have contracted with them to set up a test blog.

In the discussion I also highlighted theย  desire to see them engage in conversation and connection using the comments functionality of the blogs. Given the interest that Leo’sย  request and subsequent installation of a Clustrmap on his blog has stimulated, a challenge was issued to get them to seek comments from outside the school and even outside of Australia if possible. I pointed out that one of the ways to invite comments from people outside of the school was to first go to other like student blogs and read and comment on them. In making these comments they can then invite the other students to look in at their blog.

From the blogging contacts I have, I have begun to compile a list of suitable blogs to direct our students to. I have included a couple of these links in our Senior Unit Pageflakes site but would really love to have a whole lot more as we have some 120 students in our unit. If you are reading this and know of any classroom based blogs or bloggers that would enjoy possible comments from some grade 5-6 students in Geelong, Australia and who would be likely to return the favour can you let me know in the Comments below.

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9 Responses to Looking For Bloggin’ Good Blogs

  1. AllanahK says:

    I see you’ve already got a link to our http://www.moturoa.blogspot.com blog which is great. We have some individual bloggers who would love comments as well- you can see their names along the right hand side on our links section.

    We sometimes get comments but we don;t know where to reply to as there was no back link.

    Using pageflakes to bring together your class blogs is an excellent idea.

    Great idea.


  2. johnp says:

    Hi Allanah,

    Indeed Moturoa is out there and I have been suggesting to our students to check out the links sidebar for individuals. Thanks for pointing out the need to include the back link, in our case each of our students should be including their blog details.

    PS Do you have any other NZ linkouts we could use?

  3. Kim Pericles says:

    We would love to connect with some other Year 5-6 students in Australia! Our blog is at: http://www.allstars.edublogs.org – we are out of Sydney! Looking forward to meeting up ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. johnp says:

    Hi Kim,

    Guess what, the Allstars is on the list on our PageFlakes (http://www.pageflakes.com/jpearce/ under the Check These Links Tab), that I have referred my students on to. I love the fact that your guys are into debates as that is the writing focus for us for much of this term. Maybe we can get some cross fertilization happening around that theme??
    Cheers John

  5. Kim Pericles says:

    I was so busy looking at everything @pageflakes that I didn’t check the links ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    Does show that we are really keen to hook up though ……
    ๐Ÿ™‚ KimP

  6. AllanahK says:

    I know of some keen bloggers in the States and UK but they are all on holiday and will be for some time.

  7. johnp says:

    Hi Kim and Allanah,
    I am pushing it from this end for our students to check your’s out. Hmm yep I knew that the Northern Hemisphere schools were offline at the moment. I was hoping that there may have been some residual interest from teachers or kids on their break ๐Ÿ™‚ .

  8. AllanahK says:

    Your Leo left a great comment on our blog and we would like to reciprocate but the anti=spam question is what colour is your hat! We have no idea!!

    allanahk at hotmail dot com

  9. johnp says:

    Hi Allanah,
    Oh dear, I had forgotten the Challenge question, (blush, blush). I shall send you an email with the solution. Leo is quite a regular little commentator.
    John P

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