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Blogging in Education


Teachers are introducing students to blogging as early as elementary school.  Some educators who advocate for blogging as a learning tool suggest that it motivates students to want to write.  At an early age, students feel less pressure in blogging and it is an outlet for brainstorming ideas before writing a formal paper.  In addition, students take their blogging assignments more seriously.  They are more apt to use correct grammar and express their ideas in a logical way because they know that other people are going to read and assess their writing style and ideas.

At a later stage in education, blogging presents an outlet to collaborate with others about new ideas.  Students are able to both give and receive feedback on their writing and ideas.  This presents students with the opportunity to gain the opinions of others and focus their thoughts before engaging in a formal writing assignment.  It also gives the writer new knowledge about the aspects of their writing that may be unclear to the reader and ideas that could be explained in a different way.

Blogging is also helpful for students to practice expressing their ideas through writing.  We are all accustomed to voicing our opinions in class.  Blogging forces us to articulate our ideas in a new way and back up our arguments with solid evidence.  Another aspect of blogging is knowing your audience.  Audience awareness is an important aspect of writing and blogs allow students to experiment and learn about the appropriate writing style for different audiences.

The lack of confidentiality in blogging may cause students to hold back their opinions.  Students may fear criticism from classmates or other outside people.  It may also cause tension instead of collaboration if students begin competing for blog posts.  Some educators have also stayed away from blogging in a classroom setting because they feel students are less likely to use proper grammar and punctuation and this may cause poor writing habits.  Although these concerns about blogging in education may be true for some students, I believe the positive aspects of blogging far outweigh the negatives.  Blogging is new to education and as it matures, I believe we will see it more and more from educators and students.

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6 thoughts on “Blogging in Education

  1. While I agree that blogging can be a useful outlet for many people, I also think that you have slightly underplayed the negative affects of blogging. With kids starting to blog at a younger and younger age, they are put in a more vulnerable position with their classmates. Bullying has become a huge issue in middle schools and elementary schools today. I know that my little sister has experienced problems with it, and there was a child in her 6th grade class that committed suicide due to bullying. Although there are benefits to blogging for older kids, I think that the negatives far out way the positives for younger kids. All it does is provide another sphere for children to be bullied in and insecurities to be enhanced.

    Posted by Catherine Gibbons | January 31, 2012, 8:07 pm
    • I also agree with Catherine that the use of blogging in elementary schools has more negatives than positives. I personally could not image not only being introduced to learning how to write but also having my fellow peers judge my every blog, especially at a time when children are very harsh towards each other. Cyber bullying is becoming an increasing issue among the American youth in addition to the normal amount of verbal and physical bullying that takes place at schools. This cyber bullying that is used in blogs cannot only be erased from the minds of the victims but the bullying remarks will forever remain on the web for everyone to read. I therefore feel that blogging is more useful and appropriate for younger adults and the older generation.

      Posted by Amanda Skonezney | January 31, 2012, 9:36 pm
  2. For the most part, I think blogging is a great way for people to express their ideas, opinions, thoughts, etc. about a certain topic. Not only is blogging a vehicle for expression, but it is also a great way to create a conversation-like writing assignment. Blogging allows for feedback, both positive and negative, to be sent back to the author. Many times, comments make the author really think deeper into the subject they discussed or think about things they might have never thought otherwise.

    What I personally enjoy about blogging is the casualness of it. It’s not as formal as a typical writing assignment, and it allows me to speak my mind without concentrating too much on the actual “grade” per se. Nevertheless, I do agree with Amanda that it is more appropriate for young adults and the older generation. Children may not be aware of how permanent the internet is — once it’s out there, it’s never coming back. People need to be particularly cautious not to say anything that might intentionally hurt someone, like what Catherine was saying.

    Posted by Jenna | January 31, 2012, 11:19 pm
  3. I liked a lot of your ideas expressed here. I think blogging is a great way to have all students bring mature yet varying opinions to a class discussion, and even to have our ideas go past the limits of classroom walls. At Bucknell, that seems to be an important concept (and rightfully so) – integrated learning, global knowledge, etc.

    I did agree with the above posters that blogging has more risks than benefits at a young age. Psychologically speaking, it is extremely risky to have younger children, who are just forming their own identities, have to express their opinions and thoughts in a permanently public forum. Bullying is such a problem these days, with long-lasting (and sometimes fatal) consequences.

    However, for people our age, who are able to express our opinions maturely and responsibly, I do agree that blogging is a wonderful tool to enhance our education. I also think that as our class has a focus on improving our writing, there will not be a problem with our writing becoming too informal.

    Posted by Caitlin H. | February 1, 2012, 12:06 am

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