1. Kids Love it!
This has to be the number one reason. I have spoken to dozens of teachers who have recently started blogging with their classes and the big take home message is that the kids love it. So blogging seems to be an activity that when handled well is a great way of getting students motivated, engaged and on task.
2. It’s great for improving literacy skills
Once you get your class blog going you’ll find that your kids just can’t wait to get writing, and the more they write, the more their written skills will improve. If they get really engaged with blogging they’ll also start reading other classes’ blogs which will provide them with a wide range of reading material that they can’t wait to read.
3. You can easily showcase pupils work
Your pupils will try extra hard on projects in class once they know that the best ones will be showcased on the blog for the whole world to see. Showcasing pupils’ work online gives them real pride in their work and has the added benefit of sharing best practice with your colleagues whether they’re in the classroom next door or on the other side of the world. You can showcase a wide range of work via video, audio files or digital picture uploads.
4. It can help you embrace the wider community
Blogging with your class is an easy and effective way of interacting with the wider community. Starting with other pupils and teachers in your school, then maybe other schools in your local area and before you know it you’ll be interacting with schools on the other side of the world. What better way to share ideas and learn about the world?
5. Parents can get involved with the class
It’s not always easy to help parents understand exactly what goes on in class – there’s certainly only a certain amount that you can get across during parents evenings and open days. But your class blog can offer a real opportunity to open a window into your pupils’ learning and to encourage parents to be a part of it. Give parents some advice on constructive commenting and suddenly they’re more involved in their child’s learning and your pupils are keener than ever to get blogging.
6. It teaches independence
Once your pupils are up to speed with how the blog works, give them the independence to write and publish their own blog posts. They’ll learn a huge amount by going through the process of deciding what to write about, putting the post together and seeing it published. This can be a fantastic extension activity for groups of more able learners who may finish work ahead of the rest of the class.
7. Learning to comment is an exciting way to learn to form fill
Learning to fill out forms is a key skill – but it’s not exactly a thrilling topic and as a result, not one that pupils necessarily master right away. But by commenting on their own and others’ blogs your pupils will get plenty of practice of form filling in an environment they find motivating and engaging.
8. It’s great for collaborative projects
You can promote teamwork within your classroom by getting pupils to work on projects for the blog together. But that’s just the start. Why not get them to collaborate with another class within the school by running shared lessons. Or collaborate with a class on the other side of the world virtually. Now that’s teamwork for the 21st century!
9. It’s accessible to kids of all abilities
Blogging can stretch your most able students and can also be used to engage and motivate the least able members of your class. Because blogging is so flexible and blog posts can consist of text, videos, audio files or pictures you can differentiate any blogging project to meet the needs of all abilities so everyone feels included.
10. Everyone is learning and everyone is teaching
This is possibly my favourite benefit of class blogging. Because of the commenting element, it has built in feedback and assessment. It is a fantastic way of learning, almost without realising that you’re learning. By teaching your pupils how to write effective comments which ask questions about a post and remark on what is good and what could be better, they take on the role of teacher and critical friend. And by receiving such comments they will eagerly reflect on their own work and readily explore it further.
You might be interested in this post: How to set up a class blog in five minutes
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