Using Blogs to Incorporate Technology in Schools

Using Blogs to Incorporate Technology in Schools

Author: Mario Green

Blogs are surprisingly easy to use. They require the slightest technical knowledge and are quickly and easily created and maintained.  This makes blogs accessible to many and can be major help in a classroom setting. Unlike many traditional Web sites, blogs are flexible in design and can be changed very easily. Best of all, students will find them convenient and handy via home or library computers.

As the Internet steadily becomes progressively universal in everyday live, the phenomenon of the blog stands out as a wonderful example of the way in which the Web enables individual. Teachers have picked up on the creative use of this Internet technology and put the blog to work in the classroom. The education blog can be a powerful and effective technology tool for students and teachers alike.

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Why are Blogs Beneficial?

Top 10 Reason's to Use a Blog in the Classroom as produced, written and directed by the grade 10 communications technology class.

Classroom Usage

Using the Blog in the Classroom
As an educational tool, blogs may be joined in a manner to accommodate all learners. Blogs can serve at least four basic functions.

  1. Classroom Management
    Class blogs can serve as a portal to foster a community of learners. As they are easy to create and update efficiently, they can be used to inform students of class requirements, post handouts, notices, and homework assignments, or act as a question and answer board.
  2. Collaboration
    Blogs provide a space where teachers and students can work to further develop writing or other skills with the advantage of an instant audience. Teachers can offer instructional tips, and students can practice and benefit from peer review. They also make online mentoring possible. For example, a class of older students can help a class of younger students develop more confidence in their writing skills. Students can also participate in cooperative learning activities that require them to relay research findings, ideas, or suggestions.
  3. Discussions
    A class blog opens the opportunity for students to discuss topics outside of the classroom. With a blog, every person has an equal opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions. Students have time to be reactive to one another and reflective. Teachers can also bring together a group of knowledgeable individuals for a given unit of study for students to network and conference with on a blog.
  4. Student Portfolios
    Blogs present, organize, and protect student work as digital portfolios. As older entries are archived, developing skills and progress may be analyzed more conveniently. Additionally, as students realize their efforts will be published, they are typically more motivated to produce better writing. Teachers and peers may conference with a student individually on a developing work, and expert or peer mentoring advice can be easily kept for future reference.


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