Blogs and the Communication Journal

At the start of the year, I was challenged to find a substitute for the traditional home/school communication journal used by Classroom and Special Education Teachers and Specialists.  Home/School Journals are usually composition notebooks and are often lost or left at home by students.

Our solution was to create private blogs, shared only with the parents or other appropriate individuals working to support a particular student.  These provide a chronological sequence of posts and allow parents to easily comment.  Unlike a traditional journal where the information is limited to text, posts can include pictures of student work, videos, and audio files.

Last week, Patrick Larkin demonstrated how easy it is to create a post, including inserting a photo, to an existing Blogger site using your mobile device.  A Blogger site can be created, along with an initial post, in under 3 minutes.  Take a look at the video below.

To use your site as a private home/school communication journal, simply set your blog to “private” and invite just those viewers you want to be able to see it by adding their email. You might consider allowing other members of a student’s IEP team to view and post as well.

As always, I’m happy to help you set up a blog or tackle other questions in your classroom.  Just book an appointment at or drop me an email at

About Diana Marcus

Mobile Learning Coach and Educator Evaluation Support for Burlington Public Schools (MA)
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