A blog can serve as a place to publish one’s writing or used as a forum for receiving feedback on writing” (Lacina & Griffith, 2012).
By design, pen-and-paper composition is a one-person undertaking. But digital writing is often collaborative. There are a variety of ways students can collaborate, says Eidman-Aadahl. For instance, they can create a text jointly, through shared documents or wikis, or they can take turns posting on a collective blog.” In the past the teacher was usually the only person who read student work. With a blog, student work can be read by classmates, parents, extended family members, school community members, project partners, classroom teachers, pre-service teachers, and anyone around the world who locates the class blog.” I can truly appreciate how
Before students begin to blog individually, we explore how blogging works and its purpose. Shared reading of blogs can support students in these early days of gaining understanding.”
So, can you see yourself using blogging in the classroom? I have dipped my toes in the water of using blogs for writing with second graders. We used Kidblog which is very user and kid friendly. They loved this novel approach to writing, and I wasn’t even taking advantage of the true benefits (commenting, sharing with a larger audience, etc.). I look forward to reaping the full benefits of classroom blogging in the future. I also hope to maintain a classroom blog or other form of social media to share pictures, events, and announcements with parents of my students.