Face of Your Classroom

Resources for using a Blog, Wiki, Social Media, or Interactive as your Face of the Classroom


BLOGS

Blogging is a form of web journaling or weblogging - hence its name blogging. Blogs have a website feel and are maintained with regular entries or posts. In education, blogs are used in a variety of ways; posting assignments, communicating with parents, storing information, sharing expertise, and/or for interactive lessons. 

The advantage of using a blog is that visitors can post comments and interact with you. The educational blogs we've listed allow the owner to moderate comments or decide which comments will get posted publicly. Comment moderation is an important feature for educational blogs and gives the teacher the opportunity to manage posts. Bloggers need to follow acceptable use policies and keep web safety considerations in mind when creating their user id as well as when making posts and uploading media. Common blogs for educators include EduBlogs, WordPress, and Blogger by Google. 

Get started with your Face of the Classroom web presence by creating a blog! You might want to view the video titled Blogs in Plain English. https://youtu.be/NN2I1pWXjXI


EDUBLOGS

Edublogs allows teachers to create their own sites for educational purposes. Edublogs offers built-in templates, designs, and widgets for video and podcasts to make the creation process easy and user friendly. It also offers a premium service for a fee. Some school districts subscribe and pay for a more fully-featured Campus version.


WORDPRESS

WordPress is the software blogging platform most blogs are based on, and it can be used independently of Edublogs. It is one of the most popular blogging tools and is the engine for many of the others, including Edublogs. This is a set of tutorials for WordPress. For more information on creating a blog within WordPress, visit the support site.  Check with your district technology coordinator or 21things course instructor about which blogging service is preferred.

  1. To review the tutorials from the Edublogs website, click this link (tutorials).
  2. To create a 21things4teachers blog as an online portfolio or Face of your Classroom site you can download this How-To guide.
  3. For a video about creating Edublogs Categories click here
  4. To learn how to create Student Blogs, download the handout by 21things4teachers graduate and 21things4Students teacher, Kathy Campau.
  5. Click here to view a sample rubric for the evaluation of a 21things4teachers portfolio using the blogging format.