“A blog is merely a tool that lets you do anything from change the world to share your shopping list.” Unknown

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Blogging is a powerful tool that meets many Common Core Standards for grades K-12. It also provides students with higher order thinking skills across all subjects. You can blog in math by having the students reflect on their topic such as fractions and how it connects to the real world. In Social Studies, you could have students give their opinion on a topic such as a new law or you can have students synthesize a science experiment. Here are my top ten reasons why students should blog no matter what age or subject area.

It teaches the students to…

1. be authentic writers

2. how to communicate with digital tool

3. be effective digital citizens

4. that they have a voice

5. how to comment through comprehending as well as critiquing

6. to understand other perspectives and cultures

7. to build strong content knowledge

8. to reflect on their work and ideas

9. to draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support their ideas

10. to produce and publish writing

Creating expectations and a rubric of how you want your students to blog is helpful when you are first starting. It’s important to set a purpose for each blog post and emphasize the content! Remember you can add mutlimedia such as hyper links, videos etc. to blog posts as well. Having kids that are in Kindergarten blog through using pictures is a great way to start teaching them about digital footprints.

Here is a great link that has some tips in helping you get started with blogging in your classroom. j.mp/tips4blogging

Please share the ways you have used blogging in your classroom.

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Comments on: "10 Reasons You Should Blog with Your Students" (3)

  1. Hey Jill,

    Blogging has been extremely useful for me when working with my English learners. I delineated all steps to a smooth, easy and rewarding blogging experience here: http://techieteacherstricks.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/blogging-in-the-classroom/

    There are many ways in which teachers use blogging: to have them discuss their learning, to have them reflect on their learning, or to showcase their learning. I use Blogging to showcase my students learning (http://kidblog.org/MsTripsasTerrificTechies/).
    The wise use of blogging enhances responsibility for learning. Students take charge and are self-regulated learners.
    They are energized by learning because technology motivates them. This makes students stay engaged for longer periods of time and expand their thinking and social skills in order to be successful. Through strategic use of technology tools, students create and handle authentic tasks and products.
    It gives students a large variety of opportunities to collaborate and cooperate. Students understand that learning is both individual and social. It empowers students by expanding their community of learners from the single setting of their classroom to the entire world. Technology integration in general, and blogging in particular, enhances creativity and innovation. Coupled with all the other aforementioned benefits, blogging fosters a sense of belonging to an engaging dynamic literacy community.

    My class blog (Ms. Tripsa’s Terrific Techies) which reached 10,000 visitors in its two first months is the best proof for all benefits mentioned above and the ones mentioned by you in your post. Just for an idea, feel free to check one of my favorite posts (http://kidblog.org/MsTripsasTerrificTechies/255a7498-6481-42f9-85c9-632333c11b1b/5th-coming-to-america-2/).
    I would like to point out the fact that COMMENTING is the most important part of blogging. Commenting has a huge role. The following comments one of my students received prove their tremendous power:
    -precious comments:
    http://kidblog.org/MsTripsasTerrificTechies/0a85f6be-05bc-4537-992a-2b9891f708a1/axel-snakes/
    -funny comments: http://kidblog.org/MsTripsasTerrificTechies/cfc2572b-029b-40de-a26b-04eb454691f2/4th-the-seahorse-vs-the-brown-goby/
    Thanks for sharing Jill and advocating for blogging which definitely is a underused ed. tech tool.
    Regards,
    Margo Tripsa

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