What are the benefits of blogging?
- Social Skills and Confidence: While some people may be quick to say that blogging and online social media can inhibit social skills the opposite can be true. It can help certain individuals to practise their skills and transfer
them into the “offline” world.
- Online Safety and Digital Citizenship: Everyone will agree that teaching students to be safe online is an important issue. You can’t just do one off lessons on online safety and blogging is an excellent way to learn about being
a responsible member of an online community and how to stay safe online.
- Literacy: Reluctant writers can be persuaded to write for a real purpose and an authentic audience. They can also provide feedback and critique to other posts.
- Authentic Audience: In the traditional classroom, the only audience of student work was the teacher and sometimes classmates and parents. Blogs provide a much larger audience for student work and an avenue for feedback and
self-improvement through commenting. Pupils take pride in the work that goes on the blog and want to do their best for their extended audience.
- Home to School Connection: The class blog can become a “window into our classroom”. Through commenting, families can be a part of what is happening in the classroom and have real time access to their child’s education. School
trips were made for blogging about!
- Computing Skills: Blogging assists students to become more computer literate which is a crucial 21st century skill. Through blogging you can discuss many digital literacy skills such as keyboard shortcuts, Creative Commons,
plagiarism, researching online and troubleshooting.
- Classroom Community: Creating a class blog requires teamwork and collaboration that pupils and teachers can learn and share together. A real sense of classroom community can be developed through blogging and establishing a
- Global Connections: Blogging can help flatten the classroom walls and enables pupils to communicate with schools around the globe! A sense of understanding and tolerance develops and pupils can learn a lot about the world in
which they live.
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