Bring on the Blogs

Now that the school year is nearly half way over, we know that you and your students have been busy creating and producing all sorts of exciting content. We also know that capturing that content and sharing those ideas can be a challenge. Bulletin boards, open house events and newsletters are some of the ways others can take a peek inside your classroom.We would like to encourage you to consider Gaggle blogs as another way to share your class content and your students’ creativity.

Blogs are more than mere online diaries. Gaggle’s blogs provide you and your students the opportunity to do so much more than just post journals online. Gaggle’s blogs allow you to share documents, videos, links, images and even Voki and Animoto videos in an online, anywhere format. Imagine the excitement of students when their content is posted online for the whole school to view!

Gaggle’s blogs have many viewing and privacy options. Blogs can be restricted to specific classes or groups of users, they can be public, or they can be public with a shared password. Blogs are also an easy way for teachers to create class webpages. Teachers can create and utilize a class blog to post information, distribute important documents, share video tutorials and showcase examples of student work. When blogs are password protected, class content is only seen by those individuals that have been given access. In addition, commenting access on class and individual blogs can be customized to prevent reader comments. This feature provides a way for you to give parents easy access to class resources and a way to stay up to date on class activities.

Interested in Gaggle’s blogs? Spend 10 minutes at your next staff meeting demonstrating all the engaging tools and options that Gaggle blogs offer. I am sure your staff will have more ideas on how they can use Gaggle blogs to share what’s happening in their class. By the end of the meeting you might even hear them say…“bring on the blogs!”