10 Reasons why Students should blog

Blogging is such a powerful learning tool.

  1. It is FUN!….. It provides students with the opportunity engage in learning using a different strategy.
  2. Authentic audience – no longer working for a teacher who checks and evaluates work but a potential global audience.
  3. Accessible for different learning styles – written, verbal and video blogs.
  4. Increased motivation for writing – all students will write and complete aspects of the post topic in writing. Many will add to it in their own time, comment on other blogs an reply to comments posted on their own blog.
  5. Increased motivation for reading – students will spend time browsing through fellow student posts and their global counterparts. Many will link their friends onto their blogroll for quick access.
  6. Improved confidence levels – a lot of this comes through comments and global dots on their cluster maps. Students can share their strengths and upload areas of interest or units of work eg personal digital photography, their pets, hobbies etc Staff are given an often rare insight into what some students are good at. We find talents that were otherwise unknown and it allows us to work on those strengths. It allows staff to often gain insight to how students are feeling and thinking.
  7. Pride in their work –students will want their blogs to look good in both terms of presentation and content.
  8. Blogs allow text, multimedia, widgets, audio and images which will encourage ICT literacy.
  9. Increased proofreading and validation skills.
  10. Improved awareness of possible dangers that may confront them in the real world, whilst in a sheltered classroom environment.
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