There are several references available on the Internet that discuss the benefits of using blogs for teaching. According to The Educators Technology and Mobile Learning (http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/06/ultimate-guide-to-use-of-blogs-in.html), students enjoy blogging for the following reasons:
- “Blogging enhances literacy skills
- Using a blog makes learning independent of time and place
- It gets students engaged and boost their motivation
- It promotes their communication skill
- Just like other asynchronous media, blogs give time to students to reflect
- It makes teaching students oriented
- It emphasizes the ” test and learn” and ” learning by doing” strategies instead of ” plan and execute ” ones
- It fosters the learning bonds between teachers and students
- It gives a chance to shy students to participate with their peers and get their voice heard
- It keeps parents updated about their kids progress
- It enhances home-school links
- It gives students a genuine and potentially worldwide audience for their work.
- Blogging gives students ownership over their own learning and an authentic voice allowing them to articulate their needs and inform their learning.
- It contributes to identity-formation in students
- Blogging helps teachers develop professionally
- It fosters the development of writing and research skills as well as digital skills”.
The Educators Technology and Mobile Learning (http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/06/ultimate-guide-to-use-of-blogs-in.html), retrieved on March 28, 2014.
– James Cantafio