Student Blogging with iPads #ipaded #edchat

In a previous post, I shared some neat experiences we’ve had so far in our student blogging venture.  Since we are 1:1 with iPads, I thought some may be interested in knowing our process we go through to create a post.

What Makes a Good Blog?

Good blogs are like informal, but well organized, interactive research papers.  Most (at least the ones I read) consist of synthesized information with links, photos, and videos embedded that lead to their sources.  So how do you do that with an iPad?

The Right Tools for the Task

When researching this, it was a matter of trial and error.  I had to determine two things:

  1. Which blogging service would be the best? 
  2. Which app worked the best for creating such media rich posts?  

Since the students already have school gmail accounts, I decided to have them use Blogger (a Google service) to create their blog.  As far as an app?  Well, to be honest there wasn’t one that allowed students to really embed and organize different bits of media.  But then I found Blogsy.  Hands down, Blogsy is far more superior than other apps.  Sure they have a Blogger app now, but really you can only add pictures.  Once the right tools were in place, it was time to get started.

The Process

  1. Students create Blogger accounts.
  2. Students use Blogsy to link to their Blogger account (but it can link to almost ANY blogging site).
  3. Students begin drafting their post.
  4. They insert appropriate pictures that they take from their Camera Roll, Picasa account, or Flickr account.
  5. They insert links where necessary.
  6. Videos are added within Blogy that also link to their YouTube account.
  7. Proof read for organization.
  8. Proof read for mechanics.
  9. Post!
Here’s a video I made to explain some of this to my students…

Final Thoughts

Blogsy has allowed us to really create blogs that consist of more than just words, which is what blogs should be.  I don’t want to say that this is the ONLY option out there for student blogging with iPads, but it’s the process that has worked the best for us.
Write on!
Mr. Bormann
English Rocks!
P.S.  Do you use Blogsy?  Is there another app that you use in your classroom?  Let me know in the comments.

P.S.S.  Here are my students’ blogs.  Feel free to read, share, or comment on them.

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