Launching your gated blog

OK, I get it---Take me to the tools to get started or continue one step at a time...

Find ways students can access the blog from school if they do not have Internet access from home

Survey to find out who has at-home access. If this is a problem for many students, you may want to make all blog entries during school time. Find out when/if students can access the blog from the library/IMC, after school, or in the computer lab during recess or lunch. You may have to communicate the fact that this is an assignment, not “play,” to the powers that be and those supervising study halls. Ask your administrator for suggestions, if appropriate. Maybe you want to offer after-school computer lab time once a week and rotate with other teachers to supervise it. If you have just one or two students with access difficulties, try to find a time when they can write in your classroom.