Sunday, 11 October 2015

Why student blogs?

Why do I have to blog? This question was recently asked by one of my students, which set me thinking.  I have reflected a lot on why I am asking my class to do this, and have come up with a list of reasons that I feel are important enough to warrant this activity.  You can read my reasonings/justifications on the page tabbed above here. 

The other thing I think will help my class is for us to compile a list of ideas of the types of things we can blog about and the formats/apps we can use.  In the comments below, please list some things that we could do as a class to add interest to our blogs (both for us, and for our readers).

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  1. I think that it would be really awesome to make our own online games then put them on our blog and anyone who visits can play the game!
    ~ Chloe

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  2. I think that we could all improve our blogs by adding more controversial information and opinions to stir up emotions in our readers and make them want to comment on their own opinion, thus making them want to read the blog more and and spread the word to other people about our blogs.

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  3. To make our blogs more interesting, for homework instead of having to do a blog post about school we could do it on anything we want. Just not the same thing over and over again. Because nobody is going to visit our blogs if there are just posts about school.

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    1. Hi Sean, this would defeat the purpose of the blogs, which are set up as an educational tool. You would also have a 'mucky' blog with no distinct purpose. A blog cannot be all things to all people, which is why my professional learning journal blog is different from my class blog and my teacher reflections are on a different one again - they all have a different purpose. As the author, you need to be clear of the purpose in your head.

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  4. I think we could make our blogs more interesting by adding posts where we do our opinion on something that can be commented on and start a discussion.

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  5. Hi Mrs Hogg
    I think that we should put all our poems and story's that we have written on to our blog so then the reader can find out about what we are learning and we can make other poems or story's to show our creativity.

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  6. We could add
    - some of our poems from our anthology to our blog and use photo's from flickr etc, that way we can share our learning and personally I love reading poetry.
    - our quick writes and ask readers for their view to make your blog more hands on and interesting for the reader.
    - take photo's during class sessions to add to recounts.
    Zoe.

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  7. We have a blog for learning. Blogging is a fun way to learn and interact with other people online. Blogger has been an effencient way to share my learning at school. I think it would be better if we had more choice about what our posts were about.

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  8. I agree with Chloe about the game idea. I think we could use scratch? Also, I remember James made a star wars animation thingy that looked really good on his page.

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  9. We could have some posts about things that we like for homework as well.

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  10. I think we need to comment on each others blogs a bit more. I also think that exploring multiple ways to display our learning ideas would make our blogs more interesting like one week making a Prezi and a Powtoon then the next making a game and a collage.

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  11. Well you could try to post anonymous comments on our blogs about advertising for toothpaste, and we could try to figure out what is spam ant what is not. Also we could do secret santa posts where we post an anonymous comment to whoever we pick out of a hat or something. But it might have to be a secret halloween dog posts. (halloween dogs just seem right)

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  12. I think that if we blog about current global issues this will spark opinions and we could gain global views.

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  13. I feel that a lot of people in our class our less interested in blogging than others. We can encourage those to blog more by setting broader briefs, and giving inspiration through example. When the blog is executed well, it becomes more interesting and engaging.

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  14. I think that some bloggers in this class just don't get the thrill. But to make their blogs more interesting pictures and colours are a great start. Also you need to post about something that you feel strongly about or that you are interested in. I also think that sometimes we get tired of having no-one commenting on our blogs. So maybe if we all put a little bit more into our blogs and took the time to comment on our fellow class mates blogs then the work standard would rise.

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  15. I think continuing to share about quick writes would be a good idea. They are designed to get us thinking and forming and opinion (something our class is quite good at). Why don't we do the same to our readers and get them thinking.

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  16. I think that we should just try and be more interactive in general. That means we post controversial things like Hunter said to provoke people to express their opinions and we can post games like Chloe said. I also think we should post about many different topics instead of the same thing all the time. We should try balancing the amount of posts we do out side of school and in school, that way we do not bore the readers by always posting the same thing.

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  17. I think that we should write posts about stronger topics, instead of writing about your shoe maybe write about a critically endangered animal. It's more strongly opinionated and the reader could probably connect easier with that than your shoe ! Maybe give your opinion about something you saw on news, or something your teacher talked about. I think our posts would be much more interesting with something relatable.

    ~ Aryan.G.

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  18. Something I find interesting about blogs which makes me want to read them more is one pictures and photos, because then you aren't just reading and it feels like less to read. Second is when the post reads like someone is saying it, where they add their opinions and thoughts so it sounds like they are interested in what they are writing about.

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  19. I think we could, instead of having set topics for posts all the tyime, we could just have a "free write" post option, the only guideline being that we have to have it at keast 2 paragraphs long.

    ~ Zach

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  20. Hi Mrs Hogg,
    I agree with why we are doing this, It can also help us with the future, if we ever have a future blog, or do something for part of a job, we will have experience with setting it up and what to write.

    Pictures and videos definitely draw attention to posts, otherwise all you see is a a whole heap of writing, which can be a bit daunting. Relevant pictures can also give information, and help the reader understand more.
    Having interesting fonts that are easy to read, and big enough, also helps.
    I think having digital pets, but maybe only two or three makes it more interesting, but too much on the sidebar I think draws attention away from your actual work.
    I think multiple pages also makes a blog more complex, and gives you places to go, apart from scrolling down.

    - Emily

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  21. I think we should be allowed to write anything on our blogs for homework instead of "What did you do that was fun on the weekend?" and "
    what did you do fun at school?".
    Also, making our own games I think would be great fun (as suggested by Chloe). Here is a link to a great game making web site.

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    1. http://www.sploder.com/ This is the link

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  22. I think we could make our blogs more interesting by adding more photos to represent our topics, we could also end in a question to get a conversation going in the comments, we could also put more thought and meaning into our subject so that we can relate to the reader more.

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  23. Earlier this year I put up a Wonder Wall on my blog using a Padlet and a news article. I found it was a great way to get peoples opinions because, let's face it, no matter how good your writing is, you wont be recognised without an audience. I linked it to other sites so my readers could form a strong opinion. It worked really well for me but after a while I pulled it off. I would like to start it up again using Ted Talks.
    Brooke
    brookeroom10.blogspot.co.nz

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  24. I agree with Jayda and Rose, as some students in our class are less interested in blogs than others and only post posts when told to. Blogs with colours and pictures makes it more exciting for others and more appealing to the public. Brooke updates regularly and she puts lots of effort into her blog posts and design. That's why she gets lots of views. Maybe if everyone in our class did this, we would get lots more views.

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  25. I believe that we could make some tutorials, they could be about computers, horses, soccer, anything that you can write a tutorial about, because if you make it about something you are passionate about, you can show allow people to help understand what you enjoy. Note on my blog, when I was posting regularly I would make lots of tutorials about computers, however I suspect I could have chosen some simpler topics to make it more accessible to my target audience.

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  26. I believe to make our blogs more interesting we could add some games in. Putting in some colours would make it better for views. We should add more videos to our blogs so that the viewers can stay longer and enjoy our blogs.

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