Blogging in the current generation is easy, and it is why teachers should blog
. In the last two years, statistics have shown that the use of technology in classrooms has been emphasized, having many students from all over the world taking online classes. Despite this advancement, blogging in teaching has lagged, yet it is one technological concept that can significantly help in education. The website creation has been made easier by educators, and if you are a teacher without a blog, you are missing more than just being online. Many teachers are using blogs as:
- An ePortfolio framework,
- Students’ blogs,
- Personal blogs for teaching,
- Platforms for assigning homework and making announcements,
- Posting blogs from classrooms for collaboration and interactive forums.
Integrating the blogging concept into classrooms can promote academic success and help a teacher in many ways.
1 – It Promotes Home-School Connection
A teacher can create a blog for addressing the events occurring in classrooms. My blog can be accessed by parents and they are able to monitor the progress of their children. Students, on the other hand, can access announcements from anywhere by reading the class blog.
2 – Blogging Is Free, Flexible And Versatile
All teachers should blog as it can cover any subject. I use a blog to store all my lessons and supplement the students with additional materials through blogs. It sure saves on photocopying. Both in the time it takes to do all that photocopying and the cost. More money to use on resources I need. No more standing to wait for the photocopier to work or the copier is out of order!
3 – Blogging Can Be Used To Enhance ICT Skills
Blogs in teaching can be used to organize assignments. For instance, posting homework online and listing due dates so that all the present and absent students can access the notification from anywhere. When a student comes back a week or so later they access the missed lessons and videos in class if they didn’t at home because they were too sick. Another student just has to show them where it is on the blog and away they go. No more passing on wrong information and so easy for students to catch up anywhere.
Teachers you are missing out if you do not have a teaching website
4 – It Aides In Personal Development
Most bloggers create an interactive section for readers to leave their comments and present their concern on certain matters. Like any blogger, a teacher may create a comments section to receive feedback from parents. I find that discussions between students and the teacher are enhanced through such links as well. I also keep the website private and the students and parents have a password to access it. [You just don’t know who is out there].
5 – Enhances Lifelong Learning
An instructor may create student blogs to teach about online publishing, writing styles and techniques, and proper use of the internet. Teachers should blog so we can teach our students to create their own blogs around the subject they are learning? This will help in building a better future career for students.
6 – Teachers should blog for Authentic Audiences
Blogs provide a larger audience where students are able to post their work and create an avenue for them to receive feedback and gain self-improvement by contributions on a blog through comments. Learners can be focused more on their learning process and emphasize their target results instead of pleasing the audience: teachers and parents.
7 – Blogging Promotes Global Connections
This is one of the best merits of blogging for an instructor and students. It helps in flattening classroom walls. Blogging partnership, for instance, can contribute much to knowing topics such as history, geography, cultures, linguistics, seasons, internet safety, and attend global classes.
You’re missing out if you don’t blog
With this tremendous change in methods of teaching, students interact more with internet accessories: tablets, computers, smartphones, and video chats software. Technology helps in motivating students to learn and reinforce the learning concepts. So, teachers, why not use it!