I use blogs almost every day. If I don’t write one, I read one. I can also go on youtube and watch a vlog. I do it just to stay aware about what I like. I am not the only one who does it. Almost everybody does it too. Then why not use blogs in a classroom.
It is an easy way for a teacher to create a learning space on the internet. As a teacher I could put notes, charts, tabs and pictures with a short article to explaain it. Everything would be in chronological order from the most recent to the oldest. Then, students can read and know when to stop because they read the rest before.
Possibilities are infinite. It is practicle because you can post futur assignments with guidelines, reference websites, videos, music and more. It is also good for students. They can team up and do summaries or discussions on books orshort stories. Blog is a good way to do that because of the comment section. You can ask studentss to analyse and comment a poem. They can use the earlier comments to make their own and engage in a discussion over a subject. Blogs are as creative as you want them to be.
Students spendd a lot of time on the computer when they’re at home. The teacher has to make sure that looking at the class’ blog is part of his students’ routine. If they have a look at the blog three times a week. They are sure to never miss something new. To increase the chances of success, you can post critical information on it like: special notes, an exam answer or a pop quizz alert!
There are a lot of benefits for students in a blog. It increases the quality of their work. Students tend to work and write better when they know they have an audience. Their work can be read by everyone on the internet.
There can be some issues with school poilicy about security. Some schools won’t allow you to post online some pictures with students’ names. Therefore, as a teacher, you have to make sure that all the school board is ok with you doing a blog with students and parents should be asked too (just in case).
There are a few websites I found that can assure you the best of success with a class blog: edublogs. It is a secure and reliable site. If you want, you can block the blog so only students can write and read it. It is also really creative and offers a lot of tools to help teachersstay in control of their web page.
I hope you all blog a lot with your students. I will surely do in about 3 years from now.