Quad Blogging

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Many schools have already started blogging but few have had the amazing results that we were celebrated at the ICT Conference last week when David (Deputy) Mitchell shared his blogging story.

David took over a year 6 class that was due to perform miserably in their SATs -their work ethic was non-existent and their appreciation of education almost zero. It was blogging that turned the class around as it offered them writing for a real audience. In addition getting feedback and help with their work gave them a reason to write. It was a huge success story and as a result the BBC did a feature on Heathfield on BBC Breakfast (YouTube clip so not easily visible in school.)

David told uexplained how hard it was to get responses for the children in the first few days and how crucial it is to get that feedback almost immediately before the pupils lose momentum. To help others get started he has started a Quadbogging system where he links four schools who want to start blogging to each other, so that there are regular visitors to their school blogs.

To sign up visit  There is a video clip on that page where pupils talk about their experiences. A quotation from the website:

“QuadBlogging: To deliver electrical energy of a global audience to the heart of a blog to allow a rhythm of excitement to kick via the blog’s widening global audience.

Imagine four schools that had a partnership/agreement that would mean that for a four week cycle, each school’s blog would be the focus for one week out of four. Each school in the Quad would spend some time visiting the blog of the school for that week, leave comments etc. After that week, another one of the four schools would be the focus and this would be repeated for the four week cycle and then repeated. It wouldn’t take the pupils long to work out that during their week, they would get a boost in visitor numbers and comments. This would give a real focus to have posts online ready for this bulge in visits. During the other three weeks, pupils get to visit and comment on other blogs in their quad. Pupils being pupils, they would also venture out of the quads and visit other blogs that are linked.”

David shared some of his children’s blogs, they were truly wonderful. For a list of the links he used see:  Oxford Brookes Links