SJCSD teachers have the opportunity to facilitate class/student created blogs through WordPress. Other blog programs such as Blogger and Kid Blog are NOT permitted for use with students in St. Johns County. To get started, place a WebDesk Ticket and click websites in the dropdown menu. From there, choose the classroom blogs option.
Here are some safety concerns outlined in our AUP…
- Student web pages which profile a student are prohibited. No web page shall contain a student’s phone number, address, e‐mail address, opinions, or other personal information.
- Students may create “content” pages, under their instructor’s supervision, pertaining to class, events, or activity. All content should be created for educational purposes.
Now for the fun part! Classroom blogs can be used for so many purposes in the classroom…displaying student work, book clubs, educational debates, publishing writing, and reading responses. Additionally there are some great plugins or widgets that you can add to your WordPress classroom blog to make it more engaging for students.
Here are a couple of my favorites:
Voki– Add a Voki talking avatar to your blog. Your Voki can provide blog post instructions to students, compliment students on their positive interactions with other students, and keep students motivated while writing.
BlogPoll– Add a poll widget to your blog to help spark an educational debate.