Yesterday we received a comment on this blog from a school in London. They are starting a blog and wanted to know some tips. Year 5 worked in small groups to come up with the following advice. I think our students have great ideas. Is there anything we’ve missed? Let us know in a comment.
Hi Year 4 and Ms O’Donnell,
Thanks for visiting our class blog. We really enjoy blogging and think that you will too.
When starting a new class blog you should:
Include a Blogging Guidelines Page so commenters know how to comment and to leave a nice comment which keeps them safe on the internet. Respect your school’s blogging policy.
Make sure you don’t give away any personal details. Also you will probably have the ability to edit comments, so make sure that the people who comment don’t give any personal details about themselves.
Include an About me page – it is necessary to have an about me page so visitors who look on your blog know a bit more about you / your class
Add a few widgets: (example) Clustrmap, Flag Counter, or a Class Pet. This can make your blog look more interesting and organised. But please don’t go crazy with cyber pets!
Choose a theme that you like and don’t change it too often
Post once to twice a week (regularly) and use categories and tags. Make your posts interesting – write about things you love!
Add some media: pictures or videos – they will make your post much more interesting but be sure that you acknowledge where they come from and who owns them. Always check that you are allowed to publish images to your blog.
We would recommend telling people about your blog so they visit and comment. You can also add a subscribe by email widget which means your visitor gets an email when you publish a new post. You should comment on other blogs and interact with other classes. That way you will get more visitors and comments on your blog.
Once your have started we highly recommend that you sign up for the student blogging challenge on you will learn lots about bloggging!
We use the edublogs platform and highly recommend it for student bloggers.
You might find this video from Mrs Yollis helpful too. She and her students are very experienced bloggers. We learned a lot from them.
We wish you well at the start of your blogging adventure. Please visit us again and let us know your blog address so we can visit you too.
Year 5 have been working very hard to research and prepare information related to the development of Australia throughout the 19th century. We have focused on the central idea that “History can be viewed from a variety of perspectives”. Please take the time to wander through our museum. It contains many rooms and artefacts all of which you can access via a mouse click. Click the image below then click the full screen icon to view our museum with ease. Signs and links are designed to help you navigate your way around the museum. Parents and other visitors, after your visit Year 5 would love to hear your feedback. Please leave us a comment on this blog and let us know which rooms you found the most interesting and where you learned the most.
Year 5 have finished reading a wonderful book called ‘Dragonkeeper’ by Carole Wilkinson.
It is the story of a slave girl called Ping and her journey with a dragon called Danzi. We have found it to be an entertaining book and one that has taught us some life lessons. Some of us have made posters about the lessons we have learned from Ping and Danzi.
The book is also full of wise and sometimes curious sayings from Danzi. The title of our post “Those filled with life need not be afraid of tigers” is one of these sayings.
Jaemi and Dakota think that it means : people who are living life confidently, proudly and happily are not to be fearful. Wise words indeed girls.
We have tried to figure out what other sayings from Danzi might mean. Here are our posters.
Our student reporters have been busy this afternoon after watching an inspiring video. Here is what they have to say:
Mia writes “Today we watched a video of two young men called Lucas and Nic. They have created a mobile laundry system where they go around and help homeless people who can’t do their own laundry or can’t afford it. These young men are role models to younger people who have good ideas like them and want to share it with the world and help those in need.”
From Maddie, “Today we we wrote about the Young Australians of the Year. They helped the homeless by washing their clothes so they can wear clean clothes for meetings or to get a job so they can then perhaps have a house to live in.”
Issie says “Two young boys called Nic and Lucas won Young Australian of the Year for washing homeless peoples clothes! Only 20 years old, Nic and Lucas have managed to make homeless peoples’ lives that much better by washing their clothes for them.”
And this from Tara, “Today, after lunch we watched a really interesting video about these two young men named Lucas and Nic. These two young men had set up a non-profit charity organisation. They called it Orange Sky. In this organisation, they put two washing machines into a van and drove around to homeless people and washed their clothes. These two young men are only 20 years old. And for this great act of kindness, they were made Young Australians Of The Year. Our teacher asked for our reaction to this video and this is what some of my friends said:
“It made me feel guilty because I felt that I wasn’t doing all that I could.”
“It made me feel happy, because all of those homeless people were getting clean clothes.”
“I felt really inspired and now I feel that I want to do more.”
“I felt pleased that some people were helping people in need.”
What do you think about Nic and Lucas’s idea? Does it inspire you?