Blogging About Blogging

It’s a good job it’s the end of term. I have realised I am definitely up against some stiff competition in the world of blogging!

Form 5’s project in Computing for this half term has been to create their own personal blog and publish it. I have had the chance to go through the door of 5GH’s lesson this week to find out what they have been doing.

At the start of the topic, Mr Sliney took time to ensure that all the children were familiar with what a blog is and how it works. He also took the opportunity to reiterate the important e-safety rules underpinning the use of social media sites. Some of the children are already active vloggers on YouTube and understandably find this area of the curriculum very exciting.

Next, the children had to do some research on their specific area of interest. All sorts of topics appealed, from footballers to mythical heroes and endangered animals.

In this final lesson of the term, Mr Sliney once again reminded the children about the critical importance of not divulging personal information online. With the controversy surrounding Facebook currently making the headlines, being careful about what you reveal about yourself on the web has never been more crucial.

When the children logged onto their Outlook accounts, they continued to work on their blog posts, and then looked out for Mr Sliney’s comments on what they had posted. They also had a great deal of fun reading and commenting on each other’s posts.

Not to be outdone, your blogger has also been exploring the children’s work, and what a lot I have learnt, much of it about things I had never heard of before! Amelia gave me some useful reading recommendations for the Easter holiday and, in Zack’s blog, I learnt about a footballer player called Mbappé, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain. Apparently he’s very good! Naomi’s blog on athletes was most informative, whilst I also hugely enjoyed reading Alfie’s post about rugby legends.

Isaac’s blog almost tempted me to buy a watch I can’t afford. The £4500 Rolex encrusted with diamonds and rubies sounds just too good to resist. If I hadn’t already booked my Easter holiday, I would be taking up Amaar’s recommendation of the best hotels in Dubai. As it is, I shall be going home to make a lemon drizzle cake because Molly’s recipe sounds delicious.

By the end of the lesson, Mr Sliney was satisfied that the children had learnt what a blog is and how to put one together. The children are now keen to continue with their blogs, and some would like to investigate vlogging. As for me, I would like to be able to tell you that I intend to rest for a few weeks with a cup of tea and a hot cross bun. However, having seen what 5GH have done, I think I will have to spend time working on my blogging skills instead.