As I am new to blogging, especially to the idea of using them within the classroom, I have familiarised myself with the ways they are currently being used and the benefits of blogging.
Blogging offers many opportunities to both staff and pupils, http://theschoolbloggers.co.uk/school-blogs-benefits/blogging-in-the-classroom/ explain these in further detail:
- Pupils and teachers love it!
- Showcase your pupils’ best work to a far greater audience
- Fantastic tool to help the support the raising of levels of attainment across your school
- Students become independent learners
- Easy differentiation to meet all abilities
- Everyone learns and teachers
- Develop relationships with the local community
- Incredibly powerful tool for project collaboration
- Create links with schools both nationally and internationally
- Foster links with businesses
- A window into the classroom for parents
Making comments on blogs was another aspect I felt unsure about; the content and tone of the text is also something I have looked into. Comments should be:
- written like a letter; have a greeting, main content and an ending.
- correct in terms of spelling, grammar and punctuation.
- complimentary to the writer, ask a question or add relevant information that is relevant to the post.
- professional; not identifying any personal information.
- checked over and edited before being published.
The children in this video explain how to write blog comments:
I think blogging is a great way of sharing ideas and work, with the possibility of receiving comments which could enhance your ideas. I intend to continue blogging and commenting on other people’s blogs so it becomes second-nature to me, so I am completely confident using them in schools with children.