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Quadblogging is Awesome – You Should Sign Up

on July 24, 2013

What is Quadblogging you ask?  Well, it’s awesome, that’s what it is!  Imagine a classroom where students are begging to write (whether it’s shared writing or independent writing), and simply a flutter with anticipation to see what comments were left about their writing.  Think about a time you took a moment to read something, and your class learned about something unexpected, yet important.  Quadblogging is simply chock full of those kinds of moments.

Are you intrigued yet?  Good.  The nitty gritty of it is that Quadblogging is a group of four classrooms who maintain blogs.  There are two rounds of it done per year; one in Sept.-Dec. and one in the spring that goes into July.  That one lasts far after my school year ends, so I’m not particularly sure what the dates are.  Sorry.  As I was saying, each class maintains a blog.  You take turns being the featured blog of the week.  When your class is the featured blog, you write your little hearts out.  During your featured week, your whole class feels like superstar writers because all three of the other classes come leave comments on your blog.  When you aren’t the featured class, you leave comments on the featured blog for that week.  You’re always welcome to write on your own blog or leave comments, but having a designated week for each blog ensures readers and comments at least one week in every rotation.

Last year, my quad included us from the USA, two classes from the U.K., and one class from Australia.  We had very natural discussions about time zones and seasons in different parts of the world because of where our blogging buddies were located.  We learned that kids in Australia finish their school year just before Christmas, and return sometime later in what is winter for us to begin a new grade.  (That was a major “duh moment” for me.  I knew their summer was during our winter, but it never occurred to me that their school year would end so they have their summer off as well.  I just never thought about it.)  We discussed how (and if) we celebrate Halloween.  We talked about the weather.  We shared our field trips with one another.  My class learned that no matter where you live, people are still people.  They also learned that if we, the class in the last time zone in the group, wrote a blog post on Friday afternoon at the end of our feature week, it may not get comments because our friends are all home in bed.

Do your class a favor and sign up.

Want an easy to use blogging format for your class? Try Kidblog!  You can have one username for yourself and write blog posts together, or you can give individual students their own blogs.  If the kids get their own blogs, there’s one central blog page, and you can see recent posts or click on usernames to read a certain post or a particular author.


2 responses to “Quadblogging is Awesome – You Should Sign Up

  1. ashleearias says:

    Reblogged this on Adventures of Arias and commented:
    I have to keep this in mind! Awesome!

  2. […] kids.  Last year I did Quadblogging with first graders. (Don’t know what Quadblogging is? Check out my post here!)  Again, a stellar experience that I’m interested to see in action with older students. […]

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