In the past few years the internet phenomena of blogging has really taken off. In the beginning people didn't seem to see much use in it and assumed it was just a waste of time; however, recently the tables have turned and people are beginning to use it in their professions. Many people ask - Does blogging have a place in the classroom? As an aspiring teacher my response would be absolutely.  Blogging acts as a great way to get students engaged. How? Well, in order to blog one must access the internet which is, lets face it, a tool all students love to use. Furthermore, it encourages students to reflect on what they have learned so far and offer their thoughts, opinions, and experiences in a very non-threatening way. Students may fing it less intimidated to share these things over a blog versus having a classroom discussion which opens up the possibility of direct peer criticism.
Moreover, blogging is not just helpful for the students. It is also a helpful tool for teachers to use to stay in touch with parents and keep them up to date. A teacher can use a blog to inform parents as to what was taught that day, what homework was given, and what assignments the students are currently working on. This not only saves time for the teacher but as well for the parents. Instead of making the dreaded call to the teacher to see what their child has been working on the parents/guardians can simply go online and check. Furthermore, it establishes a strong relationship between teacher-parent without having to make constant phone calls home or update homework hotline.
If used carefully and correctly blogging is a great classsroom tool to build relationships, encourage reflection, and foster exploration.

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10/15/2012 08:39:47

Hi MacKenzie! I think you're absolutely right that blogging can be a powerful teaching tool. In addition to the points you mentioned, there are several benefits to incorporating blogging into the classroom. First, asking students to blog instead of handing in a worksheet leaves no room for the "dog ate my homework" excuse! Blogs hold students accountable as well as save some trees. And second, students become aware that what they post is visible by the entire world - this encourages them to do quality work. There are a couple things to be cautious about when introducing blogging to students. Students must be made aware of their digital footprints and citizenship. They should also learn about cyber safety and how to protect themselves from threats. Overall, blogs are great and your students will enjoy them. Happy blogging!

-Miss Klassen


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