The Benefits of Student Blogging – Alphabetically Speaking

The Benefits of Student Blogging – Alphabetically Speaking

I want my students to blog. I believe that the benefits and opportunities for learning are simply amazing.
If you had been a fly on my classroom wall last week you would have heard me talking about many of the benefits of student blogging with a colleague of mine.
Here are a few of them … alphabetically speaking.
Cheers,
Ally

The Benefits of Student Blogging

Authenticity – authentic writing for authentic audiences
Affordability -  kidblog.org is for example is free
Builds confidence as students shine, share & respond
Carries across the curriculum
Collaborative discussions as students respond to & learn from one another
Communication skills – writing for an audience necessitates & builds effective communication skills
Connections between students & classes, between home & school
Develops
higher order thinking skills (as students write, read, reflect & respond)
Digital Age – learning about, creating and leaving positive digital footprints
Digital Citizenship – students learn about proper etiquette & cybersafety
Editing skills development – undertaken in manageable, bite sized chunks
Facilitates constructive criticism
Focus
Flexibility
Fun!
Improves typing skills
Introduces, interjects & integrates technology into all subject areas
Learning
styles are put into play that might not always otherwise be
Provides a medium within which to apply learning
Motivates independent writers & readers
Organic (not static)
Peer mentoring
Reading skills development
Reflective thinking / practice
Responsibility & awareness – provides an authentic opportunity to teach & monitor both
Sharing ideas, understanding, etc.
Student driven (teacher facilitated)
Writing skills development – skills include writing for meaning, organization, sentence structure, spelling, grammar, etc.

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8 responses to “The Benefits of Student Blogging – Alphabetically Speaking

  1. Great list, very well thought out. If blogging is done in this manner a lot will be accomplished!

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  3. I will share this with my Twitter followers! Fabulous list! My Texan scholars (age 7-11) are new to blogging, but so excited! Thanks for sharing this! Love your blog!

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  5. Thanks Donna! How’s the blogging going?
    Loving it still?
    We sure are ;-)
    Cheers,
    Ally

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  7. Hi Ally,
    I love the idea of alphabetically listing the benefits – a very creative approach! :)
    Maybe it would be even more engaging to encourage the students list these advantages? That would also reflect how THEY feel about blogging. *just a thought*

  8. Borrowed your list (giving you credit of course) to share with parents as to why I am starting a class blog.. THANK YOU so much!

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