Now that schools are really focusing on trying to integrate technology into their lessons, projects, and another form of communication, blogging is a great way to get students to be online and be able to familiarize themselves with the Internet and learn how to communicate with others with social networking. I found a great tool from edutopia.com that provided a way to make a safe "how-to" blog for teachers and their students. It gave purposes for blogs, feedback from other teachers, how to start one up for your class, how to evaluate or grade students' work, and how to incorporate them with your lessons and assignments. This is a great way for students to interact with each other while as learning how to be online. Another perk of blogs is that it has a 24/7 access so students don't have to be just in class to have discussions with their peers or teachers. Also, many students would rather put their thoughts and ideas online rather than discuss them in classroom lectures. I feel that blogging is a great way to start kids/students off to learning a basic technology skill that the 21st century has to offer. The younger students have the ability to be online, the better knowledge they will get in what the future has in technology. The best part about blogging, it's easy and many are free to access!
Bi-Weekly Report #1: "Blogging"
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