Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Official Unofficial Survey

I need your input. I'm questioning whether to continue my classroom blog for my 2nd graders. I feel like very few parents regularly visited the blog. In the past I've had 3-4 parents who frequented the blog and that's it. Which means that I was spending my time maintaining the blog for those parents. I've found that to get other parents to visit it I would have to send out emails and texts resulting in double work! And though I love blogging, I just don't know if it's really necessary at the 2nd grade level. What do you think? What is your experience with a classroom blog?
I love technology and don't want to digress but I also have to pick and choose to use my time wisely!
I value your input!
Blessings to you,
Kris

6 comments:

  1. I had a similar experience last year when we tried it. We found time every day for a student to post about class activities and I would get very few hits. It surprises me with all the technology that so many people have access to today-even if they don't have a computer at home,they usually have a phone that they could access it with. I know I'm not going to do it again this year.

    NotJustChild'sPlay

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    1. Miss Trayers-thanks for your input! I'm glad I'm not the only one!

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  2. As a 2nd grade parent and teacher I think blogs are the only way to stay in touch with most of the parents in my classroom. One of the ways I made it easier for my parents to stay in touch was by putting a QR code on anything I sent home and I also told my parents that it was the only way they would see pictures of the activities their kids participate in class because we were going to save the rainforest by eliminating classroom newsletters.

    The best idea I had to make sure parents check out our blog, though, was I allowed the "Student of the Week" or our "Birthday kid" to write a message every day for our blog. By doing that it allowed kids to get some usable tech time during the day, but also encouraged kids to "show-off" to mom and dad at night, which got more viewers on a regular basis.

    Keep it up!!!

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts! I did the whole QR code thing-but no success. Another one of my gripes is my school won't let us discontinue the paper newsletter. Love the idea of the student of the week blogging a message!

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  3. That's exactly the thing I've been wondering about as I consider to blog or not to blog with my own 2nds this year. But I LOVE the previous poster's idea of using QR codes and limiting pix to the blog. I can't tell you how many times I panicked when the laser printer wouldn't cough up my newsletter on Friday afternoons. Hmmmm, this would totally eliminate printing it at all. You read it online or you don't see it at all. I think talking it up and letting the kids produce often - often - and more often - may be the key. Thanks for giving me something to think about!

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    1. Wendi-I think the key is to discontinue the newsletter-then, like you said they have no choice but to visit the blog!

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