Why Use Blogs in Education?

For many of the same reasons you would have a static website.

There are many ways you can use a blog. Here we are considering a blog where pupils post as part of their learning.

A static website involves a fair bit of work and distances learners from the publishing process. Weblogs allow learners to become more directly involved in the publishing process without delving into time consuming html skills.

  • Allow learners to ‘write the web’ as opposed to reading it.
  • It is another wall display
  • To give the learners a wider (one of the widest) audience for some of their work, increase their sense of ownership and responsibility of their work and gain feedback and co-operation from others. Working in small groups on a shared text encourages peer feedback and co-operation.
  • It allows learners to practice Internet Safety skills in a real way in an environment where their teachers can offer help and support.
  • Hopefully it should inform parents and even allow learners to understand aspects of class life. Scanning down a blog can show a surprisingly wide variety of activities recently covered.
  • For many learners working on the computer still has motivational value and this is surely increased by the fact that we are publishing to a worldwide audience.

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