Today’s students are connected via technology more than any other generation. Using technology in the classroom is a great way to get students interacting in a way they feel comfortable. Using blogging as an educational tool reinforces typing skills, communication through written language, organization of thought, and when reading other’s blogs, helps with fluency and comprehension. In addition to core curriculum standards, web-etiquette and healthy social interactions are also covered! Sounds like lots of standards are covered with a simple blog post!
– Easy ways to use a blog within the K-12 classroom –
~ use it in place of your weekly newsletter
~ share photos of in-class projects, field trips, assemblies, etc
~ use it to add links that you want students to access throughout the year
~ post questions/prompts that solicit an extended response – for example: Tell us about your favorite vacation in 5 or more sentences.
~ Encourage home/school connections by inviting parents to be a part of your blogging community
Peters, R. (2009). Hooked on Classroom Blogging. Learning & Leading With Technology, 36(6), 26-28.