blog in the classroom

What is the easiest way for students to blog in the classroom? 

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Finding ways to make writing feel less overwhelming and more exciting for students is one of my passions. I love writing (as you can probably imagine), and I want my students to feel the same way about it. One of my favorite ways to get my students to love writing is to find ways to make them excited to publish what they wrote. One of the easiest and most effective ways to do that is through the use of a blog in the classroom. 

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Why should students blog in the classroom?

There are so many reasons to allow students to blog in the classroom. 

💛 Blogging gives students an audience for their writing; 

💛 Blogging gives students a purpose for writing; 

💛 Blogging incorporates the technology skills our schools are expected to master according to the Common Core.

Having an audience and a purpose will help you build excitement around writing. Even your most reluctant writers will feel more inclined to write if they feel like the work they do is important. Having a classroom blog communicates to your students that what they write is valuable enough to be shared with the world. And who doesn’t like to feel valued?

Picture of students and a teacher working on a laptop to show how to use blogs in the classroom.
Let’s talk about how to use blogs in the classroom to get students excited about writing. Even your most reluctant writers!

How can students blog in the classroom?

For students to buy into the idea of a classroom blog, it is important to be consistent. If your students write one blog post at the beginning of the school year and then never add anything else, they won’t reap any of the benefits of blogging. 

To stay consistent, you can: 

💛 make blogging a part of your daily routine (morning work, literacy center, early finisher…)

💛 encourage parents to get involved by reading their child’s blog 

💛 connect with students in other classes 

💛 have students publish all their finished writing pieces on the blog 

Setting up a classroom blog

If you are feeling overwhelmed about the idea of setting up a blog in the classroom, don’t stress! It is so much simpler than you think. Here is how I chose to set up my classroom blog. 

How to start a student blog

Starting a blog in the classroom does not have to be complicated. There are, however, a few things you want to keep in mind before you introduce blogging to your students. These were the questions I asked myself before beginning:

💛 What platform will I use to host my students’ blog posts?

💛 What level of privacy do I want my students to have?

💛 Do I want parents to be able to view my students’ writing?

💛 How much time do I have to dedicate to maintaining the blog?

After considering these questions, I decided that I wanted my classroom blog to be:

💛 Free

💛 Safe

💛 Accessible to parents and other students 

💛 Easy to maintain 

Choosing a platform

Now that I knew the type of blog I wanted to set up for my class, I started looking at my options for hosting. Hosting is what “houses” your blog. There are so many options for hosting, varying from completely free to paid options. However, the “hosting” option that checked all the boxes for me was Seesaw

Seesaw isn’t technically a blog hosting option. It is a digital educational platform in which students create a digital portfolio of their work. I have used Seesaw in my classroom for years, and I absolutely love it. I have never found a digital tool that is easier for students to use. And now that they have a blogging option included in their free version, I just knew this was the right tool for me. 

Here are some of the reasons why I love their blogging feature:

💛 Students can post to the blog with just two clicks; 

💛 They can easily share their writing with others; 

💛 We can easily connect with other class blogs and build a community of writers;

💛 I can add a password to my blog so that only the people with the password can read my students’ writing; 

💛 It requires very little work on my part. I can literally have my classroom blog up in less than five minutes. 

To me, choosing Seesaw as my “hosting” option was a no-brainer! 

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Setting up my classroom blog on Seesaw

The first thing you will need to set up your classroom blog on Seesaw is an account. Seesaw offers a free account option for teachers that is very robust. Seesaw is also very easy to set up. 

Once you have created your free account, you will need to create a classroom and add your students. 

To create a classroom on Seesaw: 

💛 Click on your name at the top left corner of the screen; 

💛 Click on “create new class”

💛 Give your class a name and select the grade level; 

💛 Click on the green checkmark, and you are done! 

To add students on Seesaw: 

💛 Click on “+ Students” on the bottom right corner of your screen; 

💛 Choose if you want your students to access Seesaw using their own email address. I choose NO for this option because, since we are going to be using Seesaw in the classroom only, I will just have my students use the class code. I personally find that to be easier, but it is a matter of personal choice. 

💛 Answer the questions based on your specific needs/circumstances; 

💛 When you get to the pop-up screen titled “Add students to class,” click on “paste a list of student names;”

💛 Type each name individually or paste a list of names from another file (be sure to type one name per line) 

💛 Click the green checkmark and you are done! 

Now that you have set up your classroom and added your students, you are ready to set up your blog. 

To set up your blog on Seesaw:

💛 Click on the “wrench” at the top right-hand side of your screen; 

💛 Scroll down until you find the “class blog” option; 

💛 Switch toggle button to the “on” position; 

💛 Click “Set up public blog.” Don’t worry, we will add a password to keep your students safe! 

💛 Give your blog a name and a URL; 

💛 Switch toggle button to the “on” position for “password protect class blog;”

💛 Choose a password and click “save.” DO NOT use your personal password. You will be sharing this password with anyone who you want to be able to access the blog. 

💛 Click the green arrow to move on to the next step; 

💛 Your blog is set up! You can click on the green checkmark. 

The blog option has now been added to your “toolbar.” The toolbar is located on the right-hand side of your screen, under your class name. 

Getting students to add their work to the blog

Once you have added your students to the Seesaw and set up your blog, your students can add anything they complete on Seesaw with the click of two buttons. Anytime your students post any work to Seesaw, the “blog” option will appear under their work. When they click on that button, they will be asked if they want to publish their work on the blog. They will select “publish to blog.” Their work will be automatically added to the class blog. If they want to remove their work from the blog, they can simply click on the blog option again. This time, they will be asked if they want to remove their work from the blog. They will select the option “remove from blog.” Their work will no longer be available on the class blog. 

Students can add photos, videos, drawings, notes, PDF files, and links to the blog. Basically, they can share any work they complete on Seesaw on the blog.

Since I use blog in the classroom to encourage students to write, I only allow my students to share their writing on the blog. As the teacher, you can decide what you want students to be able to add to the blog. 

Picture of two students working on a laptop, creating a classroom blog.
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Sharing your classroom blog with the world

One of the main purposes of implementing a blog in the classroom is for students to be able to share their writing with the world. I love the blogging feature on Seesaw because it makes it easy for my students to share their writing. 

Like I said earlier, any work can be added to the blog with the click of two buttons. Most importantly, I love that I can add a password to the blog which helps me make sure that only authorized people can view the work uploaded to the blog. 

The easiest way to share with others is to send them a QR code. They can scan the QR code on their phones and be immediately redirected to the blog. Don’t forget to let them know what the password is, or they won’t be able to view it. 

To get the QR code for your classroom blog:

💛 Click on the blog button on the toolbar located under your class name on the right-hand side of your screen; 

💛 On the left-hand side of your screen, click on your blog’s URL (the blog will open up in a new window); 

💛 Enter the password to gain access to your class blog; 

💛 On the right-hand side of your screen, click on “Get connect blog QR code;”

💛 Print or save a copy of your QR code; 

💛 Share the QR code and the blog password with others. 

Connecting with other classes 

Using a blog in the classroom can become even more special when multiple classes are involved. Whether you choose to connect with other teachers in your building, district, or even across the country, your students will love the experience of sharing their writing beyond the four walls of your classroom. 

Connecting your blog with other class blogs is super easy! 

💛 Click on the blog button on the toolbar located under your class name on the right-hand side of your screen; 

💛 At the bottom of the screen on the right-hand side, click on “connected blogs;”

💛 At the bottom of the pop-up window, click on “+ connect to blog;”

💛 Type the URL of the blog you want to connect to; 

💛 If the blog you are trying to connect to has a password, you will be prompted to enter that now; 

💛 On the screen, you will see some information about the blog you are trying to connect to. Verify that you have the right blog and click “connect to blog.” 

💛 Now, when you click on “connected blogs” at the bottom of your screen, the blog you just connected to will appear. Your students will be able to view and comment on their work. 

If you choose to connect with other class blogs, make sure you are giving your students time to visit these other blogs, read their work, and leave positive comments. This will help students feel like they are part of a community of writers and be inspired to write. 

Picture of three students using a blog in classroom.
Start a blog in classroom to get your students excited about writing!

Additional safety measures

 I strongly encourage you to reach out to parents before beginning a blog in the classroom. Although you can set up a password to protect your students’ work from people outside of the community you have established, their work will be visible to anyone who has access to your blog. Some parents may not be comfortable with that. 

Make sure that you explain to parents that personal information will not be shared on the blog. Explain to them your reasons for using a blog in the classroom. If your parents are still not comfortable with it, you can limit the blog to the students in your classroom only. In other words, don’t give out the information to access the blog to parents or connect to other classroom blogs. By doing so, your classroom blog is not any different than displaying your students’ writing on a bulletin board outside of your classroom. 

Final thoughts…

Using a blog in the classroom is a great tool to encourage and inspire students to write. Even the most reluctant writers will want to be a part of this community you are building. Set the tone from the beginning of the school year by making blogging a priority in your classroom. Trust me, your students will rise to the occasion! 

Happy teaching (and blogging!)

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Hi, I'm Rebeca!

I help upper elementary dual language teachers with resources and ideas that promote bilingualism and biliteracy.  

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