Useful tips and for integrating blogging into the classroom. Blogging can be a useful classroom tool and will enhance student learning and engagement if used effectively. The following ideas are from a paper written by Kim Pericles, Assistant Principal at Belmore South Public School. Click here to view the paper.

1. Blogging can be used as a platform for sharing class activities, achievements, work samples with parents, other teachers or even other classes around the world and enables feedback through commenting (Pericles, 2008, p.5).

2. Students are able to continue their work at home and blogging can increase motivation to do homework if a requirement is to contribute to the blog or comment on a post. A great project idea could be to produce a multimedia presentation based on a topic being studied (Pericles, 2008, p.6).

3. Blogs can be a ‘publishing’ platform used as motivation for students to learn the process of writing a draft and editing before publishing their written work to their personal blog or class blog. It also allows the classroom teacher to set up expectations, quality criteria through guidelines for publishing work. This ensures students are thinking critically about their writing and also allows for the classroom teacher to give formative feedback allowing students to work on areas of weakness. Using a blog gives students an authentic reason for editing and taking pride in their work (Pericles, 2008, p.5).

Reference: Pericles, K. (2008). Happily blogging @ Belmore South. SCAN, 27(2), 4-6. Available at: http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/schoollibraries/assets/pdf/hblog.pdf

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