Over the half term break I have begun exploring the idea of having a class blog; I asked on Twitter for examples of established blogs from which I received several suggestions and of course one blog led to another. My main interest was to get my head around blogging, how people managed to fit it into an already full school timetable and where to begin.
I got a great deal of advice in this area, people suggesting spending time each day sharing it and really ensuring that you continue to use it regularly. I now decided to go for in and created a Blogger account. Again I had conversations with people on Twitter about the best hosting site for educational blogs but in the end decided to go with Google as I use lots of Google services and have always found them simple to use and thoughtfully designed. I tentatively made one post on the blog, more for my own benefit than for anyone else as I wanted to check I was able to work it.
Upon returning to school I spoke to my head teacher about blogging, she did not have much knowledge of blogging and especially of blogging within a school but I showed her the David Mitchel article (http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6179263) about the effects on writing and she was willing for me to give it a go. She did request that I looked into setting up a blog on RadioWaves though as it had such a feature and we were already using that for podcasts.
So then I made a start, check out the blog here: https://www.radiowaves.co.uk/bearwavesradio/blogs it’s only in its early stages at the moment but hopefully it will flourish.