Week 2 Edublogs Blogging Challenge helps me think about my students and other readers. What will they need to know and want to know?
How do families and students know what to do with a blog?
Set up pages, which are separate from posts, to share that information that stays the same. Pages are static — they are always there. Posts change with the new information you add.
What pages are needed?
For my blog, I’ve revised a little bit. I’ve added a Contact page under the About Page. That way, visitors easily learn who we are and can contact us quickly.
To explain to visitors and families why we blog, I revised my “Why Blog” page, which is also under “About.”
To remind students of our guidelines, I’ve got the rules right in the sidebar and in the guidelines, which are pretty detailed to clarify what our writing class and blogging expects. Many links to Internet Safety are provided; we spend time on this weekly, if not daily.
To explain to families what we’re doing and why, see the “Family” page. It’s a brief explanation of blogging, and also shares links to our blogs and how to use the blogs, including how to comment. A downloadable file is included.
Finally, I updated the Ideas, Discussion, and Tech Tip pages. I always thought I’d need to add to the Tech Tip page, but students just seem to help each other and figure out any issues. But students sometimes need ideas for blogging, so both the Ideas page and Discussion page provide ideas. I will be adding to those.
I also added the “Subscribe” button, just below the Cluster Map. I moved the Search to the top. I like the Search button there because frequent users can quickly search for the content needed.
That feels good: organized blog content
How about you? What did you add to personalize the content for your readers’ needs? Is there anything else I should include?