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As a school division, we are deep into developing blogs as portfolios with our students. To do this with approximately 10,000 students is a major undertaking but the work is important and I really...
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To be honest, not every student will take to blogging the way that we envision as teachers, and to be honest, that is okay. If we make them do it the way we think it should be done, they might have trouble adopting this past the school setting. That being said, if we do give them the freedom to write or share not only what they are interested in, but also share it how they like, it could develop into something very powerful that will also give them an authentic audience.
Why do you believe students should blog? If they aren’t, why not?
Blogging gives students an authentic voice in the world. By blogging students gain a worldwide audience, which is more relevant to them than writing something that will only be read by the teacher. Having the audience encourages them to have accurate information and urges them to write engagingly, and opens them up to question each other and to be questioned, which is the door to critical thinking.