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Why use Blogger in your Classroom?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

With Google Apps for Education, every student and staff member now has their own personal blog they can use for a variety of reasons and uses.

  • Kids love to Blog.
  • Students are motivated seeing their words published on the web.
  • Students who know they have an audience other than their teacher write more credibly, accurately, and carefully.
  • Blogs allow feedback and interaction. (Feature can be turned on or off.)

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According to research published in The Journal (The Prose of Blogging and a Few Cons, Too.), students who blogged felt better about writing overall, and about writing research papers in particular. Combined with many other free resources, blogging has unlimited possibilities.  You may want to check out some of these great resources:  "50 Free Resources That Will Improve Your Writing Skills"

As with many tools, Blogging  is relevant based on the person using the tool. In the hands of a skilled educator blogging can become a great classroom tool motivating students and improving their writing and literary skills. This tool in the hands of a poor educator it can become a great time wasting tool for students to spend hours in the computer lab.

Blogging is one more great tool in the arsenal of web tools available to educators for use in their classrooms.  What are you doing reading this blog???? Get busy and start using this great resource in your classroom. :)

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