Blog it Now!

Teachers do not stop learning after receiving their degree. A core characteristic about being a teacher is to be willing to be teachable. Understanding new ways of learning should extend to using media and technology as a avenue for students to express their knowledge and to engage deeper learning.

Blogs are online interactive journals where stories or subjects can be shared with readers over weeks, months or years.

Blogging serves different functions within the classroom. Blog can be used to post assignments, class news, parent information, share class activities, online publishing of student work, showcases of student art, poetry and creative projects to journaling. (Pericles, 2008)

Blogging enables connected learning for students. They are able to access progress of other students not only across the hallways, across Australia but to other countries around the world. They are able to share information, examine their own and conduct their own investigations.

Blogging is not only useful for students to express themselves, they engaged with deeper, self-directed learning. Students edit their own work, respond to comments and consider different topics to address.

Nowadays, most classrooms have a computer with internet access. Starting blogging as part of your classroom culture is only a click away!

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EDIT:

I found this neat site that explains how Teachers can use blogging for enhanced learning.

Find the link and the 5 tips below!

http://www.edudemic.com/how-why-teachers-should-blog/

How Teachers Can Harness Blogging for Enhanced Learning
Following are some prominent ways through which blogging can be used in the classroom settings:

1. Manage Students’ Activities

Blogs serve as a convenient portal for both teachers and students allowing them to have a total control over their classroom activities. In fact, they can even manage those activities that they conduct outside the classrooms. For instance, teachers can give them homework, academic assignments, audio/video lectures, notes, etc.

2. Increase Ingenuity and Writing Prowess

It is an irrefutable fact that good writing prowess can only be developed through practice. However, the more you practice writing, the more you develop your own creativity. Efficient writing skills and creativity are necessary tools for effective learning. These two skills later assist students in tackling even toughest tasks in their professional career.

3. Teach Students How to Give Feedback
Some students do know how to analyze a topic but they don’t know how to give their feedback on it. Through the use of blog commenting section, educators can teach students how they can provide their opinion or comment on a piece. Through blog commenting, teachers should educate the students about the purpose of commenting and the significance of providing insightful feedback on a topic.

4. Encourage Collaboration in Students
One of the best use or benefits of blogging is that it promotes collaboration among students thereby allowing them to team-up to tackle a common cause (project). Collaboration is necessary to be promoted since it allows students to appreciate peer reviews and opinions. Especially, it is important for those students who find it difficult to interact well with their fellow classmates. Through collaborative projects, they too can feel comfortable in presenting their own views.

5. Promote Engagement Among Students
Teachers should blog because blogging is a great tool that offers heavy engagement in the students body. Teachers can start a discussion on any topic and ask students to share their open-minded thoughts. They can share their opinions not only during the class session but also outside the classroom.

Here are some great examples of classroom blogs.

http://mscassidysclass.edublogs.org

Ms Cassidy’s Classroom blog is a window into the teaching and learning of 6 year olds in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Not only do they give insight into great pedagogies, but they are also open to insight to adapt and to learn from outside input. This is a great example of a classroom embracing blogging to keep record of student learning.

http://kidblog.org/MrDonnellysThirdGradeClass/

Mr Donnelly’s Third Grade Class is a cute and simple way blogs can be used as an avenue for students to express themselves in a written format regardless of the content. Not only is it an interactive blog where people can comment on their entries, it builds up student confidence.

Hinano’s blog entry on digital learning:

‘I like digital learning beacause it is a great way to communicate with other kids.I also like digital learning because we can write back to each other.’

Reference:

Pericles, K. (2008). Happily blogging @ Belmore South. SCAN, 27(2), 4-6

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