I seem to be continually uncovering more and more benefits to educational blogging. Aside from the advantages that I’ve shared here and here, having your class involved in the educational blogging community allows students to learn from and with their peers from all around the world.
In my class we often use our blogging buddies’ posts as inspiration for classroom activities, and as role models for high standards of work.
One such example was the readers’ theatre activities that we were doing last week as part of our CAFE reading program.
We published one of our own performances on our class blog here which hopefully continues the cycle of sharing.
There have been many other instances when my students have learnt from their blogging buddies. Just a few that spring to mind are:
- Last year, when my students were conducting interviews for their “Dinosaur Conference”, we used the interviews on Mr Avery’s class blog to help us work out what makes a good interview.
- When we were learning about arrays in maths, we used the ideas on Mr Salsich’s blog for our own classroom activity. His class had been finding arrays in everyday life and we carried the idea on into our own blog post.
- The idea for Family Blogging month which we hold every year in our class came from our blogging buddies in Mrs Yollis’ class.
Being part of the blogging community not only enriches my students’ education but assists me to create authentic and interesting classroom activities. Everyone wins!