We teach digital citizenship and tell students to be responsible online, but unless students are given a model, it's difficult to for them to understand what that means. A classroom blog gives students the opportunity to practice responsible use of social media.
Students love seeing their work online and a classroom blog gives them the opportunity to share their work with you and others. Classroom blogs topics can range from traditional ELA assignments to science and social studies topics, to current events, and more! There are many options for setting up a blog, but I recommend the kid-friendly website, kidblog.org. This site allows you to password protect your page so only those you invite can read and comment on your posts.
Once you get your blog going, the possibilities are endless! Connect with a class in another state or country and give your students a global audience... Invite parents to view the blog so they can keep up with what's going on in the classroom and view their children's growth... Use your blog during reading so your students can respond and talk about their books... No matter what you do, students will enjoy a new way to practice reading and writing in a 21st century setting.