Blog Posts

Smart Footprint: Share content you and your whānau would be proud of.

Manaiakalani learners use blogs to share their learning and connect with their audience in a kind, positive and helpful way. Your blog is an opportunity to create a positive digital footprint that you and your whānau can be proud of.


Engage learners with multiple opportunities to connect with texts and the elements of a quality blog post

Identify a selection of blogs for your learners to explore. Share the links to these blogs on your learning site.

Consider your learners when you select these blogs i.e.

  • Will your learners be able to connect with the blog authors and the information shared?

  • Does the blog content reflect Being Cybersmart and our Learn Create Share pedagogy?

Identify multiple opportunities to connect with texts

Create laminated cards of the elements of a quality blog post that learners can harness, to connect with and identify in exisiting blog posts. Encourage learners to contribute additional ideas and vocabulary.

Learners navigate to selected blogs on their device via their learning site. While they explore:

  • What do you notice about the content that is shared?

  • What do these blogs have in common?

  • Choose a blog you enjoyed reading. What did the blogger include that made their blog post special?

  • Think - Pair - Share: Identify opportunities for learners to discuss what they notice. Listen for key words and ideas to help focus the conversations and make connections with Being Cybersmart and curriculum learning.

  • Provide multiple opportunities to connect with text. Laminated cards of the elements of a quality blog post are available for learners to connect with and reference.

Consider the Rubrics: Writing a quality Blog Post

Recognising Blogger of the Week or Month

Quality Blog Posts

Consider these opportunities for learners to collaborate with peers. Make a copy and repurpose for your learners by:

  • replacing blog post examples in response to the needs and interests of your learners.

  • chunking and/or sequencing learning so that is is manageable and realistic for your learners

  • providing multiple opportunities to connect with text and cybersmart learning outcomes for Smart Footprint

  • enabling learners to connect with quality examples of other students' blogging

  • scaffolding opportunities for learners to compare and contrast with their blog posts to identify next steps for their learning

Encourage learners to include links in their blog post that are anchored to the learning tasks on their class site.

Quality Blog Posts

Elements of a Quality Blog Post