Ellie overcame her shyness to address a school assembly, Thomas expanded his knowledge of HTML and Grace learned the intricacies of online etiquette. These 10 and 11 year-old students acquired these new skills at school – not in the traditional manner through textbooks and lectures, but through running the school blog.
Today, students at Manor Primary School in the UK run the school blog, where they discuss in-class activities, topics they are covering at school and upcoming school events. The students write posts in the school’s ICT Suite at lunchtime or at home after school – and many also have their own blogs about their hobbies and interests.
The students are so excited about their blogging project that they agreed to let us create an e-publication about it. The e-publication includes videos of the children talking about their experiences with blogging, as well as information on why teacher Sue Parker started the project and how she feels it has improved student learning.
Download the e-publication
Download the PDF version (if you don’t have a tablet)
Blog comes from desire to teach e-safety
Sue got the idea for the blog when she was looking for new ways of teaching e-safety. Despite having no experience with blogging, she tried the itslearning blog tool and discovered it was really easy to use. “I just played around and thought, if I can do this the kids can do it,” says Sue.
Sue taught her students blogging basics, such as how to set up their own blog, embed videos and write blog posts – and then challenged each student to create the most interesting blog post they could.
She has since found the project an extremely effective way of teaching e-safety and netiquette, and has found it helps them develop the skills they need to interact safely and responsibly on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Thanks to everyone involved
The blogging project at Manor Primary School has been a great success. Much of this is thanks to Sue Parker and the rest of the teaching team. But a special thanks has to go to the students who embraced the idea and gave their time.
Check out the Manor Primary School blog
Do it yourself
You can see exactly how Sue set up the blog in this recipe. Check it out and set up your own school blog using itslearning.
Posted on Wed, April 10, 2013
by Dan Elloway