Three key ideas that teachers would find useful:
1. Blogging is engaging! In this ‘techno-digital’ world we live in, students are hungry to learn about and use digital devices. A child may not be able to read a book for more than 20 minutes alone but will most likely be able to read and explore the internet for a couple hours straight.
2. Blogging can be used for all KLAs across the curriculum to develop a wide range of skills. The main KLA highlighted would be English. Reading, writing, understanding and self-editing are all basic components of blogging. But other KLAs can be explored with blogging depending on how the teacher wishes to address various tasks. Another example would be the development in ICT skills such as learning and using technology and the internet. Developing computer skills from basic ‘typing skills’ to embedding videos and hyper-linking other sources.
3. Blogging is a global resource. Blogging gives students opportunities to not only create their own posts on their topic of interest, it allows them to comment, collate and open up “conversation and communication” with people from all over the world. For teachers, blogs can be used to find and share teaching resources. There are many educational blogs which aim to share thoughts on pedagogy and various teaching activities. This is also a great opportunity to share and get feedback from people around the world on your thoughts and ideas that you have shared on your blog.
Some ideas from Belmore South:
- Share reading circle texts and responses.
- Share history of Australia with students from other countries.
- Share performance and PE demonstrations.
Pericles, K. (2008). Happily blogging @ Belmore South. SCAN, 27(2), 4-6