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What is this blog for?

Posted by: | May 6, 2009 | No Comment |

This blog is meant as a document of my journey in blogging with children aged 5-7. I teach at Chorlton Park Primary School in Manchester, UK, and have been developing blogging in key Stage 1 for nearly a year.

From early diary type entries written by teachers on the school blogs, we have seen incredible change and progress.

Blogging is becoming a more and more lively and formative part of our school. We regularly get more than 200 visitors in a day, have had over 35,000 page views in the past year, and are currently the top hit in Google.com if you search for “Year 2 blog”.

All of this might sound impressive, but it is the development of the children which is the central thing here. My Year 2 class (6-7) can all comment and post on the blog. They can insert hyperlinks and images, can use external photo-storage sites such as Photobucket to embed photos, and are all adept with a video camera.

The blog is live and relevant to them and they see the point in learning the skills needed. With more than 1000 comments, they know that they are being listened to.

Having stumbled across the blogging thing by accident, I am now convinced of its power to motivate, educate and inspire children. I want to help others to get going in their schools and to document the journey that we make as we take blogging forward.

Please do have a look at our Year 2 blog, leave a comment or two, and share your opinions here.

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