Friday, September 28, 2012

Primary Blogging Community

With the Primary Blogging Community starting this Monday, I wanted to do a little explaining on how this little project has become a bigger project.... At the end of August, I was partaking in my usual Sunday night ritual (participating in #1st chat on Twitter) when the conversation went to blogging.  Many teachers wanted to connect their classrooms with other classrooms from our 1st chat community. I volunteered to do some thinking about it and to start something.  I put out a Google Doc and asked for interested primary teachers to sign up.  The response was fantastic!  There were over 20 primary classrooms that wanted to participate.

I created an Edmodo teacher group for us where we could collaborate on ideas and I could start putting a schedule together.  We decided on the following dates and activities:

Teachers were group with 3 or 4 other classes.


Each week one class' blog will be the centre of attention. The other 3 or 4 classrooms will be exploring and commenting on that one particular blog.  The following week, class 2 will be the centre of attention where the other classes will comment and explore on class 2's blog and so on.


We are going to do some Skype and Google Hangout sessions with our blogging buddies.  This will create a "face" to the classroom blogs and will enrich the experience.


We will do a "snail mail" exchange that we are going to call "Winter Greetings".  Classes will send Winter Greetings to their blogging buddies.  It can be a letter, a card, a picture, or anything that can be sent in the mail. I am hopping that this will be an exciting time for our students and we will see some of their thoughts on their own personal blogs.


We will do the same rotation schedule and the same blogging buddies as we did in October, however, this time we will be focusing on our students' personal blogs instead of the class blog.  This will create more comments, more traffic and more enthusiasm for our students' blogs.

I am hoping if all goes well, that we will do the whole process again with different blogging buddies in February.  If you are interested in signing up for the next session, you can sign up here.


  1. Mrs Wideen,
    Awesome job organizing the project! You are such an inspiration!

  2. Thanks so much for organizing this! It's going to be such a great experience for our class! :)

  3. I'm so excited to connect! This will be great for our kids! Thank you!

  4. Thanks tons for getting all this organized Kristen. I hope people double check the lists as there have been several switches since if was first set up. I am quite excited to get this started and I love how each month has a slightly different focus with the chance to shuffle it all up and start again in the new year. It's great having you in my personal learning community.

  5. Is it too late to get involved with this? I have a classroom blog and a professional blog. I have been looking for ways to connect and get new ideas. I am a kindergarten teacher.
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  6. I am so sorry Carol, this session is closed. Please join us in February.