Monday, July 29, 2013

Join The Primary Blogging Community Now!

With the Primary Blogging Community beginning its second year, I wanted to do a little explaining on how this little project has become a bigger project.... At the end of August last year, 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 organized another rotation last February and we had almost 40 classes participate.

What is the Primary Blogging Community?

The PBC is a community of primary teachers (children aged 5-10) that want to share their students' learning via their classroom blog and their students' personal blogs.  Classrooms will be grouped with 3 or 4 other classrooms from around the globe.  The program is 8 weeks long.  The first 4 weeks will concentrate on the classroom blogs only.  Each week, one of the classes will be the focus class and the other 3 classes will be visiting and commenting on the focus class blog.  The following week, the second class will be the focus class, and so on.   This is a chance for the other classes to see what is happening in your school and class, to discover where in the world you are located and to learn about how to write a good blog post and to watch how you model and work together to write good comments.  After the first 4 weeks, we switch the focus from your classroom blog and concentrate on student blogs.  The same rotations occur but the focus is solely on your student's individual blogs. 

Why join the Primary Blogging Community?

1.  You will be collaborating with other like minded educators on this project and in return will build your PLN.
2.  PBC creates enthusiasm in reading and writing.
3.  It gives your students a voice and lets them be the teacher to their peers.
4.  Your students will have a built in audience that will provide authentic feedback to what they are writing about on their blogs.
5.  On some days in the last rotation, my students had over 100 comments on their blogs!  The excitement and engagement piece to this blogging community is huge!  

I created an Edmodo teacher group for us where we could collaborate on ideas and I could start putting a schedule together.  
We will be beginning again this October.

What Does The Schedule Look Like?


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 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 your students' blogs.  I can tell you from personal experience that on the week that my class was the "focus week"   it was not unusual for my students to have up to 100 comments collectively on their blogs in one day.

What is the difference between the Primary Blogging Community and Quadblogging?

Quadblogging -  Each week one blog is the focus blog with the other three blogs visiting and commenting during that week. In week two, another school/class blog is the focus with the other three visiting and commenting. This is repeated until each of the classes/schools has had their week in the spotlight. The cycle is then repeated. (from

Primary Blogging Community - Is the exact same as above except the second 4 week cycle we concentrate on your student's personal blogs, not your classroom blog.

What do I need to begin?

You need to have a classroom blog and your students need their own personal blogs.  If your students do not have personal blogs, I suggest you create them or sign up for instead.  If you do not have an edmodo account, I highly suggest you sign up for one and join our blogging community.  This is where you can ask questions and collaborate with the other teachers in the group.  The code to our group is nqsisy.  We also communicate frequently on twitter, use #PrimaryBC on twitter and follow me on twitter for news and updates @mrswideen.

If you would like to participate in the October rotation, please sign your class up below.  I will contact you in September with further details. The October registration is now closed.  We will be having another rotation in January.  Please fill in the form below if you are interested.


  1. I am not sure what you want for the student blog URL. The kids will have individual blogs through kidblog. They are all listed in my class. Help?

  2. Please reserve me a space as I do not have a classroom yet. I am an LTO and I will be starting soon. I just don't want miss this oportunity as I am preparing. I will let you know by your start date of Sept 15 if I will be partcipating. Thank you!

  3. Can Kindergarten classes participate?


  4. Of course Kindergarten classes can participate! The more the merrier!

  5. I'm just wondering if this would be the right place for me to start. I'm new to blogging and have never created one. I'm also teaching primary Media Lit. so I have 14 classes gr.1-3. Blogging is something I'm interested in doing with all my students. Could you please point me in the direction of where to start? Thanks!

  6. Used kidblog last year as 1/2,now a 2/3 looking to continue on our blogging journey.

  7. I have never done this before, but I'm very excited! I've had a classroom blog for 5 years, and I started using Kidblog two years ago. I am looking forward to helping my students collaborate with their peers around the country (and world?)!

  8. Hi Vanessa, I suggest you fill in the google doc, join our edmodo group and start blogging!

  9. Hi There! I would like to join this neat initiative! Do I register for KidBlog? Can I sign up for the January session? Thanks!

  10. I am new to blogging and am very interested but still unsure of what I am doing! I have a question about the student blogs. I notice that you do not correct their spelling. Do you let the parents know that you will not be correcting their blog posts and comments?