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Started by Emma Watts 31 Mar 2011 4:24pm () Replies (19)

How do we get our community more involved with our blogs?


  • Emma Watts (View all users posts) 05 Apr 2011 9:58pm ()

    What worked for me last year:

    • Co-constructed letters home - write a letter with your students after you have started your blog.  Include the blogs web address and ask parents to comment on your blog.
    • Follow other blogs within your school.  As part of your reading programme students can read other class blogs and make comments on them. 
    • Commenting on others blogs and following othet class blogs encourages them to follow your class blog and make comments on your student's posts

    What will I try this year:

    • Follow and comment on class blogs outside of Tahunanui School
    • Send a 'mini-note' home with the children who wrote the blog post encourage their family to make a comment on their child's post


    Last year my class blog had 13 followers:

    • 6 parents/family members following the blog - 3 who regularly commented
    • 1 student who had their own home blog following his class blog!
    • 2 teachers following
    • 4 classes from Tahunanui following our class blog

    Watch this space to find out what happens this year Smile  Our blog address this year is:

    www.room9-in-2011.blogspot.com follow us and make a comment!

  • Emma Watts (View all users posts) 10 Apr 2011 10:19pm ()

    Thanks Tess for the links.  I will definately explore comments4kids further.  Discussion with other teachers provides great ideas for getting whanau involved with our schools online environment.  Tonight for example (via facebook - which I rarely use!) I was chatting with a friend about blogging.  She gave me some excellent tips and ideas for my blog.  So I had a play and created some pages on the blog not just for student learning but parent and whanau learning too.  I have parent interviews this week and will promote it then, as well as send a letter home to promote how parents can get involved.  I've also created pages on digital citizenship and how to comment on blogs.  I have also created links from our class blog to our school wikipages for parents, students and teachers.

    My friend Fiona's class blog is http://room3ncs.blogspot.com/

    My updated and improved blog is http://room9-in-2011.blogspot.com/ !

  • Emma Watts (View all users posts) 10 Apr 2011 10:23pm ()

    Thanks Isaac - its great to have a different perspective and from a parent point of view too!  I like the idea as setting it for a 'fun' homework activity.  At Tahunanui we open our library to our families after school, including the e-space (computer suite) so even parents who don't have access to the interent at home have the opportunity to access the class blog.  I'd like to run parent 'training' session - where students and parents can learn together. 

  • Emma Watts (View all users posts) 10 Apr 2011 10:26pm ()

    Great ideas Dave - particularly links to websites that you use in your class. 

  • Emma Watts (View all users posts) 12 Apr 2011 11:04pm ()

    I agree Anna.  If the students are engaged in the blog then it encourages parents too!  I think directing parents to the blog as a hub for home learning is also key.  So having links for good educational websites is key.  I promoted the blog with parents at this week's parent interviews - recommending it as reading homework, a way to keep in touch with families in other countries or parts of New Zealand, a place to find good websites for practising mathematics.  I've also added information pages for parents on the blog.  So far so good...3 parents are now following the blog and 2 made comments!  So tomorrow I will work into my classroom programme reading and responding to comments (reading and writing with a purpose and an audience!).  Note my parent interviews ended at 6pm tonight!

  • Emma Watts (View all users posts) 13 Apr 2011 9:42pm ()

    Definately - I think that we need to acknowledge that not all families have interent access at home.  One way we try to support families at Tahunanui School is opening the Library and the e-space after school 2 days a week.  Students and their families are welcome to issue books, use the internet and have a cup of tea!  I guess other options to promote are public libraries which have free interent access.  It can be hard to provide access onto of other things that happening but your post has got me thinking - should I open up my classroom & the computer before school from 8:30?  I often have parents in chatting at that time, why not put the blog onto the interent and invite parents & their children to look at it?  Could I send out invites to parents? Maybe I could have regular morning spot once a week or perhaps a couple of times a term?  Thanks Anna.

  • Emma Watts (View all users posts) 14 Apr 2011 9:02pm ()

    That's a neat idea too!  Student experts showing parents in the classroom before school.  :) 

  • Emma Watts (View all users posts) 11 May 2011 6:35pm ()

    Good point - perhaps sharing the blog and making a comment could be that task Wink

    Perhaps even co-create a blog post...Smile

  • Emma Watts (View all users posts) 20 May 2011 1:10pm ()

    Neat post/comment Smile  It definitely pays to start thinking globally and encouraging outside interest in our blogs.  Its key that teachers help students to promote their blog, share students learning, we need to take that step to inviting people to contribute. 

    We have just started contributing to a Voicethread create by an American class who want to find out about how people live in other countries: The Global Class - shareing with Mrs. Frazer and her class

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