Fabulous 5S – http://5s2012.edublogs.org
The Fabulous 5S blog, is a classroom blog which follows a year 5 class in 2012. I believe this would be a great blog to use with students to model effective blogging for a few reasons. Firstly, it was regularly updated throughout the 2012 school year, which is an important feature of successful blogs. Secondly, the blog makes great use of relevant pictures and videos which complement the topic heading. Further, it utilises the categories element of blogging very clearly and successfully.
Fabulous 5S is also topical to students, as it is a class blog, and includes demonstrations of class activities which may be relatable for students. I think it would be best suited for a stage 2 or 3 classroom as content and activities reflects the stage 3 classroom.
Children’s Creativity Museum – http://childrenscreativity.wordpress.com
The Children’s Creativity Museum is a different blog to the aforementioned 5S blog. It is run by a non profit community organisation which aims to use creativity, connectivity and collaboration to inspire new ideas and innovative solutions. Using this blog is conjunction with the 5S blog would be helpful as it demonstrates the varying purposes of blogs.
The blog is particularly effective because of the use of eye catching titles and the strong use of visuals in their posts. The visuals are varied (include comics, videos, cartoons, photographs) and support the title of the blog post. This is an important discussion point and students could look at how images support, enhance and potentially engage you in the writers blog. Additionally, the blog posts are succinct yet descriptive enough to enable the recreation of similar activities. This is an interesting area to discuss with students to ascertain how the length and succinctness of a post relates to how engaged the audience is.
Although the blog is not aimed at children, I believe the upper stages of primary school would appreciate this blog and particularly enjoy some of the creative activities the blog addresses and explains. The language may be somewhat challenging for earlier stages, although there are some activities for younger children on the blog too.