I love the new Google Sites, this week I am going to share how I use them in my classroom as Student Blogs.
I teach 4th grade, and I set up my Language Arts instruction as four rotating stations; Novel Study, Blog (writing/research), Tech (Spelling/Vocab/Typing), and Choice Reading (Accelerated Reader). In the beginning of the year my students were using notebooks for their daily journal entries. As I taught my class how to type and use more technology – they requested more and more to type their journal entries. I decided to do one better, and teach my class how to make their own Blogs.
How Google Sites Works
Making your own Google Site is easy, if you haven’t tried it already I highly recommend it. I have one where I keep links and my homeworks/handouts.
You will be taken to your new blank site. Here you can easily personalize your page with the help of a quick tutorial. Google sites is so self explanatory that is is easily used with elementary students. They can add anything from their Drives quickly into their sites.
My school district has google accounts for all our students, which keeps students sites hidden as you need a k12northstar email, or be specifically invited to view them. Make sure you have parent permission if you chose to do your own class blogs!
How I use Google Sites
We do a blog post every day which is basically an online journal. Each day my students have to write a minimum of 6 sentences about the current topic. I also like to include a bonus challenge that requires students to research or includes a tech integration skill. For example one topic was:
- Where would you take the class on a field trip? What will we learn there?
- How much does your activity cost?
- Bonus: Include a map that measures the distance of your field tip to our school.