Firefly 6

Personal blogs

A personal blog differs from any other kind of blog because it's published in your personal pages and remains separate from your school's main site. It's extremely quick and easy to write, straight from your dashboard.

Personal pages need to be enabled before personal blogs can be used. Find out more here.

Adding a blog page to your personal section.

  1. Select the arrow next to your name, then choose Personal Pages from the drop-down.
  2. In the left menu, select Personal Blog.
  3. Choose Create Blog Post.
  4. Enter a post title, then select Write Blog Post. Your post is created as a draft and only visible to you.
  5. Write your post then select Publish, or choose the arrow next to Publish then select Done.
To increase ease and speed of use, blog posts can be written straight from the dashboard. To enable this feature, a Firefly Administrator needs to add the  Quick Blog Post component to your school's dashboard as follows. You'll be able to write straight into a box on the dashboard, and decide where your post goes by using the  IN drop-down.

Using personal blogs

We suggest adding the Write Blog Post component to the top of the dashboard so that it's the first thing students see when they open Firefly. This will encourage them to record their work, thoughts or notes immediately. It begins to become routine, preventing teachers needing to hassle. We find blogs extremely popular with students because it's a style and language they are used to.

Below are some examples of how schools are using the personal blog.

Portfolio work

Use the blog's automatic chronological ordering to write and keep track of your portfolio. This might be especially relevant for International Baccalaureate students. Teachers can comment on the work as it's produced. It's easy to review, edit and monitor progress. Firefly's simple drag-and-drop menu organisation means you can retitle and reorder very easily.

Note-taking

For lecture-style notes, or personal reference within a lesson, the blog is a great way to keep things neat and organised, with minimal effort. Simply open the dashboard and type away. The post will automatically use the date of your lesson to organise your notes. You can also add a title for ease of reference.

Self-assessment and reflection

Much like a journal, blogs lend themselves to recording personal impressions. Students can write short posts at the start of each day, or on a particular subject with which they have difficulty. Writing can help to work through ideas, especially for students with learning difficulties. The great thing about the Personal Blog is it keeps a record which is easy to access. Students can review ideas when it suits them. And, when reports need to be written or inspections made, evidence of self-assessment is simple to produce.

Drafts

When drafting coursework, there's no more need for multiple word documents with confusing titles: coursework1, coursework2, coursework25... Each draft can be written in a new blog post and therefore easily tracked, retrieved and reviewed. Teachers can comment on each draft.