A Blogging Success: Why Blogging is Genuine Language Learning

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The Blog that my class and I have developed so far this year has been outstandingly successful. The effects, among others, have been:

  • A much greater amount of writing is being published than I have ever experienced in teaching before.
  • A worldwide audience has made the students think about their responsibilities and powers as authors.
  • The conversations that have happened through comments and replies has taken student understanding to a very deep level.
  • The students are increasingly confident about sharing their ideas, thoughts and feelings.
  • The parents love the fact that they can go on our Blog at any time and get a real sense of what the students are thinking about at the time.
  • The students have naturally started to self and peer edit.
  • ESL students have the opportunity to express themselves in writing in a very low-pressure setting, boosting their confidence.
  • The students have become genuinely empowered by having the right to create their own posts.
  • The students are developing skills and codes of online behaviour that will really set them up for the future.

The Blog has become what it is because:

  • Everything on the Blog is relevant to current learning or is based on student interests.
  • Students have been trusted to create postings.
  • Students have been assigned Blog tasks in school and at home.
  • Students have been provided with new skills as they have needed them, not too much too soon and nothing held back because “they are not capable of doing that”.
  • Postings contain provocations that get the students thinking and make them want to react.
  • Postings contain high-quality images that give the Blog a professional feel.
  • Effective use of Tags and Categories makes it possible to access old postings very easily, keeping them alive.
  • Effective use of widgets provides extra content and useful information.
  • Information about the number of hits and worldwide visitors puts things into perspective for the kids and acts as an extra motivation – “there are people out there who are interested in what we do!”

I was recently very happy to find a similar blog posting to this one: “Let Your Students Blog” by Deborah C. White

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