The design template was really fun to play with. With students they respond to things that are aesthetically pleasing, it is exciting to browse all of the different options:
Once you've selected how your blog is going to look, blogspot offers many different gadgets, that can help your students or keep people interested in what you're blogging about:
There are gadgets that show links to fellow bloggers or it allows for images or text. These gadgets are great tools because depending on what you are using your blog for you can show pictures of books, science experiments, maps, etc. You can also include hyperlinks or videos of something that relates to your blogs. Really the blog allows you to provide everything you need to help a student from home at their convenience.
In a previous course, we explored blogs like I stated. We looked specifically at edublogs.com. Last year I was in a second grade class and I had trouble really thinking about how to get the students to use the blog. I just created a blog for my fourth grade students. Each month our grade participates in Pizza Hut's Book It program. The students are asked to read 400 minutes per month. With reading 400 minutes, they are exposed to many different books. I thought creating a blog for the students to share books they've read, books they'd recommend, or provide a place to discuss books with classmates who read that book too.