Classroom Organization


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Recently on my blog I was wondering 'How long does it take your kids to post?' and had a few replies. I though it might be a good idea to collects the various ways of organising blogging in the primary classroom. I've put a few ways that I've used below, please add and amend - johnjohnston johnjohnston Feb 20, 2007

Classroom organization

Please add methods you have tried, or suggestion below.

  • 1 computer per child in media room or suite. Idea in someway, you probably need to give each child some space, their own blog or category. 33 posts on the same topic does not always make an interesting blog.
    Advantages: children can have a greater sense of ownership and autonomy, make personal contact to other individual bloggers through comments.
    Disadvantages: consuming of class time a whole session in the suite may be needed for all children to post or even to comment on another classes blog.

  • Whole class blogging with projector, this can be a shared writing type of activity with class working together to create post (this could review learning or be an example of a type of text etc).
    Advantages: Children who are less able writes can be fully involved, you only need one networked computer, a good way to introduce blogging to children.
    Disadvantages: Need a projector, some children may become disinterested if this is to frequent an activity.

  • Designated individual bloggers. In advance, to schedule or ad-hoc.
    Advantages: Children have individual ownership of post.
    Disadvantages: They may be a tendency to favour the more able pupil, pupils miss out on main class activity. With shift to more whole class teaching there may be less opportunity for this to happen.

  • Designated individual bloggers. In advance, to schedule.
    Advantages: mutual support, democratic if a rota is used.
    Disadvantages: less able pupils may just sit in for ride (this may be a good thing, exposing them to good practice etc)

  • Blogging as homework, need to ensure all have opportunity

  • Blogging 'outside' classroom, children may be able to be supervised from afar, chance to concentrate improve. Opportunities to dally may occur.

  • Children my leave classroom to blog under supervision of another member of staff. I've been doing this successfully this session, pairs of bloggers from four classes meet in media room to post about previous days events and learning. It removes organisation and support needs from classroom teacher but may distance class from blog as it is separate from the rest of the class activity.

How I have organised Podcasting Activities:-
For podcasting I found it has worked to have a group of 5 children well trained in Audacity (Andy Watson came in to do this and worked with this group.) When I then put children in groups to create a Podcast, I always made sure that one of these children were in each group. This has worked very well and most of the Podcasts then submitted to my blog were produced by the children completely free of adult supervision. For those groups that find it more difficult to stay on task, I timetable to work during the time that I have a classroom assistant. I think I will try this method for posting to the blog with my next class.
Homework Blog
I have introduced a homework blog and that seems to be helping in just getting the children to look at our class blog as they had to find examples of work that they had previously posted to help them with their homework.