As a summer school teacher, you need to connect with students quickly in a way that is also engaging. Online Blogs provide you with a place to do just that. With these 8 blogging tools for summer school, you can quickly connect with students by engaging them in discussions, assigning creative projects and even working with students of multiple ability levels at once.
Yaca Paca features an online community for creating quizzes, surveys and other assessments. Create a community for your students with custom content or allow your students to explore lessons and materials created by other teachers.
Kidblog lets your students blog in a safe environment. Make blogging a part of your summer school curriculum by creating classes on Kidblog. You can regulate all posts and comments to make sure they are appropriate.
Nicenet gives you a place to hold online conversations. Start discussion topics and have students interact with one another as they answer the questions and post discussion topics of their own.
Engrade is a tool for keeping students and parents in the loop. Post assignments and grades, take daily attendance and make notes about discipline. Students and their parents can see their specific information so no one is caught off guard when an assignment is due or grades come out at the end of summer school.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ_so0p28Qw
Yugma allows you to interact with students online. Share your desktop to make sure all students are on the same page, allow students to collaborate online or hold and record webcasts for students to access later.
Glogster offers an alternative to a traditional blog by allowing students to create online posters. Create a class so you can post assignments, see student glogs and allow students to interact with one another through their glogs. Check out a real example in our previous post – Multimedia lesson plan using Glogsterhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7JZ_29qd-I
Yola is a simple website building tool. Build your own simple website for students to use as a point of reference during summer school or build a community of websites, having students create their own to show what they have learned during summer school.
Edublogs is another educational blog website. Students and teachers can interact with one another through the blogs. Podcasts, videos and photos can also be added.
A summer school classroom is often full of an eclectic mix of students. These blogging tools will help you reach them all right where they are at and keep on top of all of their work as well.
Samantha Kotey is the editor for AvatarGeneration and has a background in educational technology and virtual worlds. A mom of two, she is passionate about all things related to toys and technology.