Thing 2: Student Blogging & Writing

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Blogging is a huge opportunity for students to show what they’re thinking about and learning, give and receive peer feedback, and make connections with other students around the world. Other services like Google Docs and Google Slides also provide opportunities for students to share their work with the world.

Students can use public writing platforms for collaborative writing projects, research journals, student portfolios and more.

In some schools, students use blog software to create an ongoing student portfolio that follows them from year to year. Check out this video showcasing a schoolwide “blogfolios” project!

(Learning about Schoolwide WordPress Blogs with Andrea Hernandez)


Some ideas, tips and resources for student blogging. 

More Student Writing Ideas

Examples of library and school oriented blogs to explore:

Chances are your organization or someone you work with has a blog already, ask around!


In your first Cool Tools lesson, you set up your own blog with Edublogs or Blogger. Those are both great services for students too, particularly middle/high school students. For younger students, you might consider setting up a classroom account with a service that lets you setup and manage accounts for all your students.

More tools

  • Bulb – a free/fee option for creating digital porfolios
  • Google Apps – Google Sites, Google Slides, Google Docs – all options for online writing and digital portfolios.
  • Padlet – Simple to use, a bulletin board type of tool. Students can create their own for their own writing. Or create one for the class to respond to prompts individually. Free/fee.
  • TinyLetter and SubStack – Both of these free tools help you publish a simple email newsletter. Readers subscribe to receive the newsletter in their email. Archives of the newsletters are maintained on a website. Students might use this to create a classroom or club/activity newsletter. Educators could use to easily share resources with other educators. Or as a way to share information with parents. Simpler to set up than a blog.

Vlogging – Video Blogging 

One of our workshop participants mentioned that their students liked the idea of video blogging and they’re right! This is very popular and easy to do with so many video apps on mobile devices. Vlogging is a great way for students to practice speaking and presenting skills. To store videos, YouTube is a one popular platform. And many of the blogging platforms mentioned in this lesson will support video embeds. As for educational tools, Flipgrid is an easy to use video blogging tool.  A few more resources.


Explore the resources that interest you and fit your classroom needs. For your blog post for this lesson:

  • Discuss the resources you explored in this lesson.
  • Do you see value in the use of blogging with your students?
  • How might you use blogs to enhance or transform a student writing project?
  • Other thoughts about student blogging?


  • Write & publish your blog post.
  • Copy the URL (webpage address) for your post.
  • Return to your Google Classroom, find the assignment page for the lesson you just completed and follow the directions for turning in and sharing your work.

*Only for students participating in the workshop for PD credit hours through the Google Classroom.

5 thoughts on “Thing 2: Student Blogging & Writing

  1. Hi,
    I still have a difficult time sorting through such an array of materials. As I looked through the Writable program I saw so many ways to engage students. I especially like the writing prompts that help students to begin a strong story.

  2. What did you learn about blogging from the article you chose?
    I learned about video blogging which provides an interesting extension of the task.

    How do you see blogging being used in your classroom?
    Video blogging which could be beneficial in preparing students to feel more comfortable when giving oral presentations. Seeing themselves on screen: body language, facial expressions, vocal variety etc. can be self-evaluated as well as complete the given task.

    What do you hope your students will get out of using this Web Tool?
    To discover various tools for self expression and communication with others.

  3. I am excited to do this with my students. I teach literacy and I want to partner with the English teachers to have students blog about the books they are reading in English class.

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