The Internet is a large part of the lives of children and teenagers in education. Utilizing this to create a blog can help students connect in a way that a traditional school newspaper cannot. The blog can be run by a technology club or group that is sponsored by a teacher. It could even be the school newspaper, but online. Nowadays, one can obtain a free website through select web hosting services. Obtaining a website and starting this blog could be simple at first. To build a successful educational blog that will get the other students to be more engaged, however, will take some effort.
Come up with Interesting Topics
These are topics that must pertain to school, of course. The blog may have to mention certain important announcements that may not be too engaging, but that’s why the more interesting topics are also meant to be on the blog. Students in the blog team can keep track of certain sports events and competitions that will occur. This is to encourage other students to support their local teams and clubs. Blog team students can also attend the events themselves and give details about fascinating aspects that occurred there.
School plays and concerts from band and choir can serve to be enriching. Along with those events could be some interesting facts centering on them. For example, a school play could be by Shakespeare and the blog can include a spellbinding tale of Shakespeare’s experience writing this piece of art. There could be facts about instruments used in a band or about famous songwriters who wrote the songs sung by a choir.
Topics don’t only have to center around the happenings of the school. The blog can include politics, international news, and anything else that could enrich the lives of fellow students. The topics must be appropriate, though. In addition, the blog can include local events, such as parades, and volunteer activities, like at the local animal shelter. This will embolden students to become more active in their community.
Building up an audience is crucial for a blog to work. Announcements in school and word of mouth are a couple of traditional ways to spread information, though those methods should be additions to the main method: social networking. Since this is an online blog, sharing it via Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of social networking is rather easy.
On Facebook, the student blog team can create a group and invite other students to join. They could also create a page and spur students into liking those pages. Here, the blog team can post blog updates and links to new blog posts. They can interact with the student body by holding poles, asking feedback about the blog, give suggestions for new topics, spark a conversation about topics on the blog, and much more.
Twitter, though only allowing short posts, can let students to start their own hashtag. The hashtag can contain the name of the school, the blog, the mascot, or anything else that relates to the school. It could even be a silly hashtag that can serve as a sort of “inside joke” for students attending. Twitter can be used to ask questions to the students as well as answer their questions.
There are other social networks that the blog team can utilize. The important thing is to take advantage of the network’s main feature. For example, Instagram is about photos. The blog team can post photos of themselves and other students at events mentioned in the school blog. The team can even utilize Vine and make short videos that quickly mention recent events. The little videos can be silly and of school events, so as to keep the audience engaged.
Interview Students and Faculty
Certain students and staff members could have some interesting stories to tell to the student body. The team shouldn’t try to interview everyone, as not everyone would be interested in being put out there. However, it is encouraged to interview as many interesting and willing participants as possible.
Team Blog can talk to faculty members who have worked at the school the longest. It can be interesting to hear how much the school has changed since they first started working there. The various employees at the school can talk about their careers to give students an idea of what they want to do when they grow up. This can include the principal, a teacher, or even a janitor.
There may be plenty of students who have made accomplishments. These students could be the captains of sports teams, the ones who started clubs, the top of their class, and much more. Interviewing these students and putting their stories on the blog about how they got to where they were today can help provide good role models for other students. The blog team could also interview students starting out their first year at this school and students that will soon graduate.
Add Videos and Photos to Increase Engagement
Reading a large block of words can enable the target audience to lose interest in what they are reading. This is why photos and videos can be added to help make the blogs easier to read. These can add to what is written, and students may even feel compelled to share them on social media.
In the blog team, there could be students in charge of cameras. They take pictures at local events and send them back to the team for a story. Videos can also be made for interviews, news, and even sketches. The students can be heartened into being creative for the blog team and come up with funny stories, perform neat tricks, or other forms of entertainment to showcase the talents of the students.
The photos and videos added to the blog could also be taken from the Internet. Once again, they must be appropriate for the target audience. Videos can contain news stories of today’s events, and photos can be of maps and diagrams that show statistics to back up factual information.
Including the possibilities mentioned above, there are many ways to build an educational blog. It can depend on the school, the location of the school, the students that are on the blog team, and other factors. What is important is that the blog is used to help educate and enrich the lives of the students attending the school.