In today’s society where writing of short comments, either by texting or face booking the actual art of writing is taking on new meaning. Students quickly move between grammar and spelling to a form of writing such as “how r u?”
Blogging within the classroom can guide students across the different forms of writing. When blogging within the classroom students are given space to write their opinions, ask questions and gain feedback. Students also begin to understand that once something has been written it then has consequences. Blogging within the classroom is a wonderful tool which helps students to understand that writing is a form of communication which in order for the message to be understood must be communicated in such a way that the reader will understand.
The University of Michigan has written an excellent article on the benefits of using blogs within the classroom.
Whilst I was on the hunt for something that I could connect with from other students I stumbled across Sarah Haines site. On Sarah’s site I was privileged to view an absolute and incredible clip created by primary students about ANZAC day. Even though this has nothing to do with blogging in the classroom, after viewing this clip I cried for hours and felt the urge to show anybody and everybody I come into contact with. Thank you Sarah Haines for connecting me with such amazing and wonderful students.