💬 Three Ways to Keep Track of Students’ Blog Entries

Replied to Three Ways to Keep Track of Students' Blog Entries by Richard Byrne (freetech4teachers.com)
One of the questions that I often field during my workshop on blogging is, "how do you keep track of what students are writing?" The answer to that depends on a few things including how frequently your students are publishing and the platform through which your students are blogging.
This is one of the big challenges with student blogging. When I used Edublogs in the classroom, I would moderate everything, therefore I would know what is being posted that way. However, I have been wondering lately about the idea of creating a formula in Google Sheets using IMPORTFEED where each new entry to that feed is added to an archive list. Then you could add a simple checkbox to tick off if you have responded to the blog in any way and even condition the whole row to make this process a little more visual.

3 responses on “💬 Three Ways to Keep Track of Students’ Blog Entries”

  1. If the blogs are in one platform, like Edublogs, WP.com I can see maybe using their built in means to monitor blogs. I stand with option 3, the Feed Reader (which is not limited to Feedly, but I often use; InoReader lets you do quite a bit more)

    http://cogdogblog.com/2017/09/indispensable-tool/

    I use the headline view which gives me at a glance what is new for one student’s feed or a set of feeds for a class. I often import a subscription file for comments too. You can use favorites/stars to mark posts you wish to highlight or come back to.

    Not sure what add a Spreadsheet would give, unless it is the private feed access. I dont do much with private feeds, but do know if you are doing a Feed WordPress approach, you can subscribe to private feeds.

  2. Replied to Three Ways to Keep Track of Students’ Blog Entries by Aaron Davis (collect.readwriterespond.com)

    This is one of the big challenges with student blogging. When I used Edublogs in the classroom, I would moderate everything, therefore I would know what is being posted that way. However, I have been wondering lately about the idea of creating a formula in Google Sheets using IMPORTFEED where each n…

    In Glow Blogs, we have the Glow Blogs Reader (Follow Blogs)

    The Glow blogs reader allows you to ‘follow’ a number of Glow Blogs. In following blogs you will be able to see which of these blogs has been updated in your dashboard rather than have to visit each site to check for updates.

    Useful because 1. it allows you to follow private blogs which an RSS Reader will not and 2. For teachers unfamiliar with RSS and readers it will be a lot simpler.
    It doesn’t have the facility to mark off or record posts that you have commented on which is of interest to Aaron.
     

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