Blogging has been around for quite a while, and it’s high time that it became more prevalent in classrooms. Few people recognize the possible advantages of blogging in a classroom. The advantages are so many that they would help every member of the teacher-student-parent triumvirate in ways that they didn’t expect before.
Some of the many advantages of blogging for teachers include the ability to help students learn more outside the classroom. It also teaches them many other things, such as vocabulary and Internet safety. From your students’ perspective, they will be able to take advantage of an online platform to express their feelings in a regulated environment. Finally, parents will be able to monitor the activities of their children online, giving them a more interactive relationship with their child.
The advantages mentioned are just the tip of the iceberg. Many other great benefits come from integrating blogging into the classroom, and one of the most popular blog choices around is WordPress. WordPress is a good blog for a classroom setting because it allows more than one person to post and access the site.
Here are the basic steps to create an account and start blogging.
Check out other WordPress websites
One of the best primary steps would be to check out other WordPress blogs to find out two things. The first would be to know what types of blog seem the most helpful for students. Some are co-created by a teacher and a group of students, others are made singularly by a teacher, and another type allows the whole class access. The second thing to do is to find ideas on how to decide on the look of your website.
Create an account and a basic website
An account is easy enough to create. Simply sign up for a WordPress blog, and you can easily create an account like you’re signing up for a social networking site. WordPress is easy to use, and you will be guided in choosing the initial look for your website so that it can be set up in minutes. You can choose a title for your blog and even create an initial post if you want.
Allow access to other authors
If you are a teacher and would like your students to co-create a blog with you, WordPress can help. All you have to do is teach your students to set up WordPress accounts and invite them to be contributors. Keep in mind that parental consent is necessary for students younger than 13 years of age.
Customize the blog according to your goals and preferences
Finally, your blog should post relevant things only. To do so, you can create posting rules. Other features can also be customized, such as making your website password-protected or changing the layouts. You can also add a calendar or other widgets that can help facilitate the class’ interaction with parents, making the whole experience more collaborative.
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