Quadblogging Quotes

QuadBlogging 2010 – 2011 was a huge success!

QuadBlogging recently featured in the Guardian in October 2011:
“The new kid on the blog in student media – for any age group – is Quadblogging. Four schools or colleges, agree to take it in turns to read and comment on each other’s blogs. So in week one all the students read and comment on the stories on School A’s blog, in week two they all read School B’s blog and so on… It’s simple really. And it might motivate your budding authors to write more, knowing that their website is due to see a spike in readership in a week’s time.”

“Collaboration amongst learners is something that we strive to achieve in our classrooms and quadblogging has helped me to achieve this in a way I could never dream possible.  The children are enthused and excited by their blogging buddies from around the world and their learning is no longer confined to the four walls of the classroom or indeed by me as their class teacher.  The children are so motivated by the comments from other teachers and children and these motivates children to blog even more, comment more and therefore learn even more about so much more than is in my planning.  Engagement and motivation is raised as children become the teachers and not just learners, teaching others about their cultures, religions and school life.  The key to a successful blog is of course the audience and this is where quadblogging has the biggest impact for our blog.  It helps to build up those wonderful learning collaborations, as well as help to increase the audience for our blog and for the rest of our schools fledgling blogs.  The children love visiting a school a week and this helps to further inspire them when it is their turn in the blogging cycle, giving them a chance to show off to their new ‘friends from around the world’.  The children continue to visit each other’s blog long after the cycle has finished once again showing that quadblogging is a powerful tool in the development and continuation of our blog.  We have a saying in my classroom ‘Neurons that work together, fire together’ and with quadblogging we are certainly able to get those neurons firing.”

Cherise Duxbury
High Lawn Primary School

“My class blog was the only blog at my school and so getting it off the ground seemed like a bit of a challenge! Quadblogging not only connected us with three schools and got us some much appreciated visitors, but two of them were from other counties. Getting regular visitors from children in the US and New Zealand, as well as the UK, blew my class’ mind! As a bonus, I also made good connections with the other three class teachers through Twitter. The four classes went on to collaborate in a story writing project too… all thanks to quadblogging. ”

Claire Lotriet
Kensington Avenue Primary

“Viewing different blogs, commenting on others and receiving comments from other countries.  Rotation of visiting blogs was very successful.  Developing continued links.  Experience for new bloggers to develop confidence to comment.  Students checked blog more often.  Greater global audience was awesome.  Identifying differences and similarities in schools, practices, culture, identities.  Great to establish relationship and followup with skyping (we haven’t managed it yet but plan to soon).  Global audience to send class mascot for extended learning.  Awesome experience and we would love to be involved again.”

Anne Kenneally
St Mary’s School, Mosgiel

9 Replies to “Quadblogging Quotes”

  1. We’re newbies to Quadblogging this week but the children are hooked just by the fact they are allowed to write on another school’s wall. They’ve loved having someone from across the globe (ok…M62 but it feels that way to them!) comment on their thoughts and creativity. Highly recommend you join up!

  2. A wonderful way to connect with partner classes for reading and commenting on blogs during the school year – I’d recommend this to any teacher blogging with his or her class!

  3. Quadblogging has enthused students who last year wouldn’t write more than a couple of paragraphs of original work. Their blogs are now rich with descriptions of their computer gaming experiences and they willingly update them each week. They really appreciate comments from visitors and there’s a competition to see who has the best comments.
    Thank you to the visitors who have commented. We really appreciate them. The biggest thank you to @deputymitchell for setting this up. I hope someone has nominated you for a teaching award!

  4. ¡buenísima idea! Hemos intentado comunicarnos con otras escuelas (sobre todo en Gales, ya que somos bilingues en esa lengua) y Skype nos ayudó mucho, pero es buena la idea de complementar el “vernos y oirnos” con el “escribirnos”…
    ¡nos seguimos escribiendo!

  5. Hi.
    We have been blogging in our school for a few years now and last year all of the KS2 classes took part in quadblogging. It was great to give a little bit more direction and purpose to the class blogs.
    During our recent OFSTED, the inspectors were very impressed with the blogs as a whole. Thank you fellow quadbloggers!

    David, here is a link to the news report about our school and quadblogging.


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