I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a blogging class for kids for a while. I homeschool my kids and for some reason it is so hard for me to get my kids blogging. I suppose it’s the old shoemakers kids scenario. Finally, I decided the best way to get them blogging would be to offer a class to my homeschool group. Committing to working with the children of my friends would mean my kids could ride along.
After talking about it and talking about it, we finally did it. Last week, I had six kiddos in my house, sitting around the dining room table: taxing my wifi, setting up blogs and publishing their first post and second and third in some cases). In case anyone is interested in replicating this experiment, here’s how it goes:
- laptop or device per child
- WordPress.com accounts for each child – we set these up at the beginning of the class, parents should stick around till this is done
- WordPress.com COPPA form per child under 13 for parental signature
- What’s a blog?
- What kinds of things can you blog about?
- What should we call the group?
Once everyone got a blog set up, we went through a super quick tutorial to get the kids up to speed with publishing a post. I didn’t want to spend too long on it since these kids are spending a lot of time online, and are generally familiar with how to manipulate a website.
Once they had the basics they were set and I let them ask me questions as they came up. Some of the kids discovered how to search and insert YouTube videos, some stuck with uploading pictures and others dug right into checking out themes and customizing theme options.
I’m reasonably sure the kids had fun, the moms were pleased, and we decided to get together once a month. If anyone has any questions I’m happy to give more details, just let me know!
18 replies to “New Kids on the Blog”
This is the type of course that I need to take!
I bet if you looked online you could find a WordPress group in your local area. There are a few in my city that meet up to talk about all things WordPress, both advanced and beginner topics. There is even a group that has a blogging circle, basically like this group, but for grownups 🙂
Good job on the blogging class and the Nobel peace prize for keeping 6 teens focused.
Thanks Pete 🙂 These kids were amazing! Really focused and really motivated. I love leading classes, but I will say, this was one of my favorites.
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