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Quad blogging – Real Wider Audiences for Pupils

2011 looks like it might be the ‘Year of the Blog’! Blogging has been around for so long but with the arrival of new tools each week, class blogging is growing each week. On Twitter there are new blogs being promoted each week which is just great. It almost seems strange to think that only 12 months ago, Heathfield Primary School didn’t have a blog! I remember when I started blogging on 17th December 2009 with my Year 6 class waiting for the first visitor to be online at the same time as the class. I remember waiting for our first overseas visitor, I remember waiting for our first visitor from Africa. It was very exciting but one thing I want to try and do is not allow schools to try blogging and give up because they didn’t get an audience.

Quad Blogging:

Whilst at Hawes Side Primary School in Blackpool on Wednesday 8th December 2010, after speaking with Lee Glynn (Deputy Head) he mentioned that although the school had blogging all set up and the pupils were blogging most days, they were not getting the hits that other more established blogging schools were getting. this is when I thought about some set up that offered support to new blogging schools or classes.

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 in 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.

Quad 1:
Here’s a presentation with illustration for the cycle of the first quad:


Quad 2:

Quad 3:

Quad 4:

Quad 5

Quad 6

Quad 7

Quad 8

Quad 9

Quad 10

Quad 11

Quad 12

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  1. Lee glynn
    December 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    Can’t wait to be involved with the new quad blogs our children are already considering posts.

    • Mr Mitchell
      December 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

      Yes, it should be great and really looking forward to getting the pupils focussed on quality comments too. I’ll be in touch regarding the cycle.

  2. John McLear
    December 10, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    Great idea, im looking forward to it 🙂 Any school looking to get blogging can sign up at http://primaryblogger.co.uk for free =)

  3. ictast
    December 10, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    Yeah, my class would love to be involved in this. We’re a Year 4/5 class if that’s of help. @ictast

  4. Mr Sutton
    December 10, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    Great idea, David. I’ll look forward to watching how it goes. I’m thinking that when a school is new to the blogging scene, such a partnership might really help. You might want to run something similar for the new Bolton schools I’ve got coming on line in the new year.

    • Mr Mitchell
      December 10, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

      Just give me the nod when 4 schools are up and running. Hopefully this will as you say help the new schools get a kick start with an instant audience within 3 weeks of the start of their blogging journey at the latest!

      • Mr Mitchell
        December 10, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

        Just thought, four new schools won’t really benefit! I knew that!

        OK, if you let me know who new schools are and links I will include them in new Quads so long as they are OK with that and they know they must try to promote the other 3 schools in the 3 weeks they are not the focus.

  5. Sue Smith
    December 10, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    This is a fantastic idea. Love it! Now to start a new blog! Our blog is a direct link with a school in Russia – not appropriate for quad blogging.

    If anyone is just starting a blog after Christmas and would like a shared journey, we would love to be one of your quadlets!

    • Mr Mitchell
      December 10, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

      Well, I have 3 schools at the minute on the 2nd quad so won’t be long before you’ll be hearing from me!

  6. Sue Smith
    December 10, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    Fab – thanks!

  7. Miss Lotriet
    December 10, 2010 at 8:39 pm #

    This is a really good idea! If my school/class starts blogging, will definitely get involved!

  8. Alex Wilson
    December 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm #

    Great idea and we’d love to be involved. We’re a year 5/6 special school class. @Alex_Wilson_

    • Mr Mitchell
      December 11, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

      Could you send a link to the blog you want to be included Alex? Cheers

  9. mrs davies
    December 11, 2010 at 10:27 pm #

    I’m interested in quad blogging! We are http://avenue5d2010.wordpress.com
    We’re a y5 class from Norwich and have been blogging since September, about 7 kids are regular commenters and more than half the class also have their own blogs!

  10. Kevin McLaughlin
    December 11, 2010 at 10:30 pm #

    An excellent idea Daivid and one which will definitely help give class blogs the momentum they need to build their audience. Starting a blog with a class is fantastic but too often blogs can ‘dry up’ due to a lack of audience and enthusiasm. This quad blogging will no doubt give each class the emphasis to promote each others blogs during their focus week. Perhaps as an added incentive, at the end of the 4 week cycle each class could vote for their favourite blog posts from the other classes involved? Highlighting the posts that captured the imaginations of others would give each class an further incentive to try something similar.
    I would love to be involved in this as my clas has just started building an audience.
    My class is blogging at
    http://class45km.blogspot.com

    Looking forward to hearing more about this.
    Kevin

    • Mr Mitchell
      December 11, 2010 at 10:37 pm #

      I like the sound of having some form of evaluation at the end of a cycle!! Great to have you on board Kevin, I think we have our next quad! Only thing to make sure that each quad has one or two established blogs so that they bring a large audience with them! I’ll be in touch tomorrow! Look out for an update to the post through Twitter!!!

  11. Alex Wilson
    December 12, 2010 at 10:39 am #

    Sorry, our blog is here: http://www.alexsclass.com

  12. Alex Wilson
    December 12, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    Hmm, don’t think my last comment went through – our blog is at http://www.alexsclass.com

  13. Sarah Brownsword
    December 12, 2010 at 8:59 pm #

    Sounds like a great idea and I’d like to be involved.

  14. Alessio Bernardelli
    December 13, 2010 at 8:59 am #

    What an awesome idea David! You are my personal Blog Guru 😉

  15. blowtheblues
    December 13, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    We are a year 6 class and have started blogging this term. We would love to be involved but probably not in the same quad as Alex Wilson as we share a site and integrate with each other anyway. Thanks Blowtheblues.

  16. Mr. Lowe
    December 13, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    We are definately up for this idea and my kids would really like to know that their work is being read by kids their own age. Thanks for this opportunity!

  17. Mrs Skinner
    December 13, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    This sounds like a fabulous idea. Count me in for comments!

  18. Mohammed Al-Muhanadi
    December 16, 2010 at 2:54 pm #

    this is what it should be done in Every school in the world.
    can you pass us the blogs that it’s established to look into it?

    thanks. it’s amazing.

    • Mr Mitchell
      December 16, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

      Thank you for the comment. This project is being planned and we have 3 Quads now all due to start in January 2011. I will update this post with the names and links of the other blogs/schools involved in the next few days.

      Once again, thanks for commenting!

  19. Mr Addison
    January 5, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    count me in http://www.stjohnsblogs.co.uk

  20. Tom Sale
    January 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    David

    would love to be part of a quad of bloggers if possible please!!

  21. Anna O'Sullivan
    January 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    Would love to quad blog. We’ll have our new blogs on 31/1. Blackfieldblogs.net. Thank you

  22. Graham Cullen
    January 21, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    Hi, would love to quad blog too! Kids are ready to begin blogging and this would be a grat opportunity.

    Cheers

  23. Phil Bagge
    January 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    Would love to quad blog. We have a year 3 class blog. Mainly uploaded via email. Love to comment on others blogs as well. http://3b3b3b.blogspot.com/

  24. Nicky Newbury
    January 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    Hi David, I would love to get involved with your quadblogging project. My class are Y5 and are fairly new to the world of blogging. They are nonetheless very keen and eager and enjoy viewing other blogs as well as their own. Their blog page is http://bowoodclass.word press.com.

  25. Jonathan Slater
    January 21, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    Our Year 6s would love to be involved in quad blogging. Haven’t started yet but very keen – ljsmrslater2010@gmail.com

  26. Nicola Stables
    January 22, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    Hi, we’d love to, great idea – Y3 for me then Y6 if you need others…. Y4 & 5 could also be interested..

    http://y32010.nabbschoolblogs.net

    http://y62010.nabbschoolblogs.net

  27. Michael Shepherd
    January 22, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    A great idea and one that will make the children’s blogging experience all the more rewarding. The opportunity for dialogue around learning with peers as one of the huge benefits of blogging and this is a fantastic way to encourage that. It’s early days but the children are really excited about it and we’re delighted to be part of it. From the people I’ve spoken to up and down the country this past week or so, it certainly seems to be the missi g piece of the jigsaw in terms of making blogging a key feature of our collaborative approach to learning. From small acorns eh! Well done David and here’s to many happy years ‘quad blogging’!

  28. simon cobb
    January 22, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    Would love to be involved. My class blog is http://mrcobbsclass.wordpress.com. Let me know if I need to give you any more info. We’re a year 45 class.

  29. Claire
    January 30, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    This year 5/6 class would love to be involved. We are just beginning our school year and what a great way for a new group of children to build on their predecessors accomplishments… filled out the form – might need some direction for the next step 😀

    • Mr Mitchell
      January 30, 2011 at 8:20 am #

      Great!! That’s what this is about! I’ll get the next quad sorted in the next 24 hours!
      Thank to for signing up!

  30. Mikaela Rofe
    February 27, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    Hi, love the quadblogging idea, would really love to be a part of it . We have two classes who would be able to do this at the moment:
    http://kensey.primaryblogger.co.uk (a class of year 3 and 4)
    http://inny.primaryblogger.co.uk (a class of year 5 and 6)
    We are located in Launceston Cornwall
    Great news coverage on the blogging phenomena – my governors were very keen at last meeting, thank you!

  31. Kirby Goodey
    March 24, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    Hey there!

    I’ve just submitted my second form for the quad blogging – the first one being several weeks ago – just wondering if they’re getting through to you?

    We’re super keen to start the project!

    Thanks!

    Kirby

  32. Bridget
    June 24, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Hi,
    We are a 4/5 class blog in Tasmania, Australia. We began blogging in June 2011. We would love to be involved in Quad Blogging if there are any other blogs out there still looking for a blog to work with. Our blog is called Busy Bees at the Bay and our URL is http://bhaley.edublogs.org/
    thanks.

  33. Anna Gerritsen
    July 12, 2011 at 11:48 pm #

    Hi!
    What an awesome idea! My class and I would love to be involved.
    Our blog address is http://room14-hes.blogspot.com/
    We look forward to hearing from you.
    Anna Gerritsen and Room 14
    Hamilton East School
    Hamilton
    New Zealand

  34. Terry F Erickson
    November 8, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    I am very interested in my class participating in a quad blog. We are a fourth grade classroom in Edina, Minnesota , USA

  35. Stefan McHale
    January 9, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    Just as above – we have blogs being written by pupils but are not getting the hits or responses they deserve. Tim Rylands has delivered some INSET training here and suggested we should look to get involved. After a quick look it seems fantastic!!

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