After reading professional and classroom blogs, it’s time to dive in and begin blogging. Blogs are easy to set up. There are many places that you can set up a blog, but I think one of the easiest is Blogger. Take a minute to watch this Youtube video which will guide you step-by-step through the process.
Remember, you don’t have to do everything at once. You can change the look of your blog and customize it further to meet your needs at any time in the future. If you prefer to set up your blog somewhere else, you can find other tutorials for WordPress or Edublogger as well. If you’re interested in setting up a WordPress blog, you can find tutorials here at http://wordpress.tv/flavor/wordpresscom/.
Writing Your First Post: My classroom blog has changed a lot over the three years that I have had it. So far this year, I have been using it to communicate with parents. Other times I have used it to post student writing. Your blog will be a living thing, so it’s okay if you still aren’t sure how you will use it. You can begin by posting a short announcement for parents, or you can have the kids help you with that first post. Take a look at the changes that my classroom blog has undergone over the years: http://msdayatphillips.blogspot.com/
Widgets and Other Fun Things: Many people add calendars, tag clouds, videos, and lots of other features to the sidebars of their blogs. These are called widgets and gadgets. When you feel ready, you can add and make changes to the sidebar of your blog. The following video will be helpful in learning how.
So dive into the world of blogging. You’ll have lots of fun with it, and your students will too.