This is a reflection post as part of a Professional Development course our school is undertaking.
In this module, participants were introduced to the concept of blogs. For me, blogs are a great communication tool. I love how Commoncraft explain blogs “In Plain English”, and have used this time and time again with my students when starting our blogging program at the beginning of the year:
We have been using our class blog with our students with great success for the last 2 years, www.stmarks56.global2.vic.edu.au. Whilst it takes a while to set up, there are a lot of anecdotal advantages that I have observed in using blogs with students:
- it gives an authentic purpose for writing
- it increases communication across students, teachers and parents
- flattens classroom walls and connects learning to the world
It’s in the last point that the biggest advantage is, and a crucial reason to blog with students. As I mentioned in a previous post, educators need to skill students in critical skills for the web, but also provide the opportunities for practise. I have found blogging to be a terrific way to incorporate digital citizenship, cyber safety, copyright, writing and typing all in one nifty package.
For anyone wanting to set-up a class blog with students, I would highly recommend Kathleen Morris‘ class blog to see the potential of a well designed blogging program. She also has a personal blog and includes a great guide to educational blogging. I have used Kathleen’s resources for our own program, and she is a true inspiration and leader in educational blogging!
What advantages are there for students to be involved in blogging?