Introduction to Using Blogs in the Classroom

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The first thing to do is to define what a blog is. The word, blog, is short for web-log. It is an online journal where entries, generally called posts, are written in chronological order with the most recent appearing at the top of the blog. Most blogs allow readers to post comments on the posts, thereby enabling a two way communication process.

Anyone of any age or ability-level can create and maintain a blog, which is one of the reasons they are so popular. Using blogs in the classroom can help you connect with your students better.

The students of today love interacting online and using blogs in the classroom helps in catching and maintaining their attention as well as in encouraging a number of them to express themselves. You can use blogs for many things – assignments, book discussions, webquests, and maybe even a class blog page.

Blogs offer the ability to include audio, video, pictures, uploaded documents and links. This provides a truly media-rich way of introducing and exploring classroom curriculum areas with students. Having individual student blogs would allow students to create online portfolios of their work and enhance their development.

From Professional Learning Board’s online continuing education course for teachers: Introduction to Technology for Teachers

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3 Responses to “Introduction to Using Blogs in the Classroom”
  1. Doris says:

    Nice article! I think blogs are a great way to interact with students and staff but so often absent a good plan, they just fade away. We have some customers using the blog very effectively both as a news “outlet” as well as a student interaction tool (students read a book and give feedback via a blog post). Thanks for sharing!

  2. Connie says:

    Well explained!

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