Social media websites have revolutionised how we interact in the 21st century. In turn, they have also given rise to a more lax approach to spelling and grammar. ‘Text-speak’ can now be found across the internet – and it threatens to affect how pupils perform in English too.
However, many schools are discovering that blogging can be used to develop children’s English skills. Writing a blog about something meaningful, and that they’re interested in, will inspire them to write more, and write better.
But there are other benefits too. So, with blogging a key feature of Learner Journey, we’ve listed five reasons why you should get your class blogging. It Will Make Them Better Writers
This is the most obvious benefit of blogging. Setting a subject your pupils can get passionate about, or already have an interest in, will encourage them to actively put more effort into their writing. Not only that, but reading blogs by their classmates will give them experience in understanding topics that have been written about by others. Having their blogs seen by peers – and you can even set a rating system, where pupils rate each other’s posts – will encourage them to be more competitive – and subsequently work harder to create a better piece of work.
They Can Get Immediate Feedback On Their Work
Learner Journey is accessible anytime, anywhere – so pupils could get instant feedback on their work. This is great, because it not only relieves you of the pressure of checking and marking dozens of blog posts, but allows the pupils to be more proactive and independent in their work. Constructive criticism from their peers will allow them to improve their work, learn more about writing – and also learn to take on board opinions from others. They Can Learn More About Others
Reading someone’s blog can tell you a great deal about that person. Sharing ideas and insights allows pupils to get to know each other in class as much as in the playground or outside of school. This helps with social skills, and also understanding how other people think, feel and behave.
They Can Become An Expert In A Topic
Setting your class a specific topic to write a blog post about means they’ll have to learn about that topic, researching and reading about it first. However, getting them to read blog posts by others on the same topic, and encouraging them to comment on each other’s work at the same time, will allow them to become experts in that subject.
They Express Themselves
From young childhood to their early teenage years, children will express themselves in lots of different ways – and they should be encouraged to do this from an early age. Writing a blog will allow them to express themselves – much like a diary allows people to get out their feelings, thoughts and interests. Writing in this way then helps pupils understand each other better – and develop their social skills as they grow. Encouraging reflection and thought is great for learning how they can develop or improve certain aspects of their learning in the future.
To get your class blogging using Learner Journey, log in, go to Manage Portfolio, click Blog in the left-hand menu bar and then click Add New Blog Post on the right hand side. The blog post can be written in the text box. Blog posts can be added to a pupil’s profile by clicking the Blog tab on the homepage.
For more information on how you start blogging in the classroom, read this post over at Newsanywhere.