Blogging is an excellent way for Educators to reach out to parents and the surrounding community. It is also a great way to post information that students can access wherever they may be. However, it can also seem like a daunting task, especially since many of us grew up being taught to write with proper grammar, proper sentence and paragraph structure. However, the reality is, the community of people reading your posts just want your content to be clear, concise, and quick too. Blogging is an excellent way to promote student voice, metacognition, reflection, communication, collaboration, technology and other key literacy skills.
In this post I will highlight for you some great tips to help you craft your ideal educational blog.
11 Tips to Craft the Ideal Educational Blog:
- Keep your title short, and interesting! If your title is too long, you may lose some of your audience.
- Clearly identify your purpose or benefit of the blog, and let your commuity of readers know why it is important to them! What will they get out of it?
- Include other ways that the audience can connect with you and your school.
- Participate and share information about your students, class or work
- Write posts about other useful educational ‘Tips and Tricks’ as well that can benefit your audience somehow, ie., how to conduct an effective web search
- Use Images. Just remember to cite the sources for your images and give credit for them.
- Keep it interactive sometimes too! Ask for comments, or ask questions of others to help extend the conversation.
- Be consistent in your blogging, to help build that relationship with the members of your community. Post a blog at least once per week – or even every day!
- Reference valuable information, and other opinions of other bloggers.
- Curate other excellent educational information out there to include in your Blog
- Invite comments and engagement from students and community!
Blogging is also a great way to share your own unique voice and perspective, and work to include others and help them to feel a part of the community you are working with!
What kinds of great Educational material and discussions have you shared on your Blog?
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