Friday, January 14, 2011

Edublogs' 30 Days to Kick Start Your Blogging-Effective Posts!

For Activity 2 in the Edublogs 30 Days to Kick Start Your Blogging Teacher Challenge, I am choosing to highlight an effective post from a blog that I read. One I loved recently was SpeechGadgetDeb's post: I Can Has Cheeseburger for Language Skills. What do I think made this post effective?

  • The post starts by providing a clear context and "big idea" before presenting the resource: humor is motivating.
  • Deb gives a great description of the site, along with images that provide examples and attract readers to explore the site.
  • Some tech resources require a disclaimer, and Deb provides one! It's then in the readers' ball court to make sure she or he uses the site appropriately.
  • The post ends with not one but four creative ideas on how to use the site specifically to target language skills.
  • In the end, Deb has directed clinicians to something new and fun, and provided all the information necessary for them to use it right away. A great post!

This is not to say that posts that do not have the characteristics bulleted above are ineffective. Because mine is a resource sharing blog, I chose a post that shared a resource!


  1. Thanks, it made me want to go look at the other site. I appreciate all that you share.

  2. Hi Sean, I enjoy resource sharing sites. I am always looking for new ideas to engage students and help their learning and the ICanHasCheeseburger has the elements of an effective post. I also love humor and wish I could write humorous posts as this draws the reader back again and again.