Quadblogging (Class Blogs)

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Would you like your classroom to participate in Quadblogging?

Why?

Quadblogging is a way for students to write and communicate globally with other students and teachers in a safe and productive way. Over 500,000 students from over 65 countries have participated, just imagine the cross-cultural perspectives students receive from participating in this! Once you sign up for Quadblogging, you will be assigned a quad that has four classes including yours. Each class will have their individual blog but once the teachers are all connected, there will be a ‘focus class’ chosen for the week and the other three classes will visit that blog and comment on the content created. This will continue to rotate until all four classes have been the ‘focus class’ and it can continue for as long as you want! If you are ready to be in touch with other classrooms, you just sign up again and get assigned to a new quad (I would imagine say goodbye to your old quad first!)

Who?

Quadblogging would be appropriate for all grade levels and classrooms. Since the quadblogging is specific to your needs, you can ask to be assigned a quad that is at the same age-level or subject-content as your class. What is so great about this is that students get involved in a community and take turns generating content and having to read and respond to content. It is incredibly helpful to have the program actually freeze your class blog so that students must only respond to others – this will teach an important lesson about not simply producing your own words and focusing on your own writing, but constructing productive conversations around another’s perspective.

Lesson ideas:

Comparing your Natural Environments: Students from each of the quadblogging classes would go out into their hometown environments and take pictures of the plants (and potentially animals) that they find there. They study their local ecosystem (lakes, rivers, streams or lack thereof, discover the names of local plants and learn about why their ecosystem is the way it is (bridging to climate and weather)). They then teach about their local ecosystem using descriptions, photos and videos to the other classes. The other classes comment, posing questions or making comparisons between their local ecosystem and that of their quadblogging peers.

Day in the Life: Students construct poetry surrounding their personal lives, describing the things they enjoy doing, seeing, eating, etc. Teachers may discuss if there is going to be a specific style used for the poetry or if it will be free form. Each week, five poems from each room are posted and read. Through commenting, students can make connections to their own lives by reading the poems of their peers. They can also provide constructive feedback on language usage, structure and voice. As they do this, they are learning about different cultural practices or hobbies that might exist in other parts of the world for children of their same age.

If you’re still not convinced, here is a descriptive video from Quadblogging founder, David Mitchell.