I’ve mentioned before on this blog that I think that blogging is one of the most exciting areas where technology is supporting teaching & learning. One of the best educational bloggers around, ‘Deputy Mitchell‘ (as he is known on Twitter) came up with the idea of ‘Quadblogging‘ when contacted by schools near him who weren’t getting nearly as much traffic to their class blogs as he was . Here is a description from the Quadblogging website:
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.
This is a great idea for those schools who have a public blog where they showcase children’s work (the majority of which seem to be primary schools which is interesting).
I was thinking, though, that this principle could also be applied within a large secondary school. Different departments could create their own subject-related blogs and link up with each other for pupils to comment on each others’ work – a great opportunity for cross-curricular links. Alternatively, a creative writing blog could be set up by an English teacher with work by different year groups – the pupils in different year groups could then comment on each others’ work.
The possibilities for peer assessment and deeper learning are vast when you start to think about it.
What’s good about the Quadblogging idea is that each blog is the focus for a whole week – encouraging the pupils to really think about their work and be proud that it’s ‘out there’ for people to see – rather than just ‘hoping’ that someone will read what they’ve written.
I can see this taking off! Do visit the Quadblogging website if you want to sign up your school to join in with others. Do let me know what you think about this idea of trying it out within a school – I’d love to find out if it would work!
I asked David Mitchell on Twitter if he had any secondary school examples of quadblogging and he shared this with me:
This is taken from this blog post.