Why should students blog? Blogging develops numerous skills, and many of those skills are the focus of ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education). ISTE has developed the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for students, teachers, administrators, coaches, and computer science teachers.
Those standards include the following six focus areas: 1) Creativity and Innovation, 2) Communication and Collaboration, 3) Research and Information Fluency, 4) Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making, 5) Digital Citizenship 6) Technology Operations and Concepts.
1) Students will improve their writing skills more quickly because they now have an immediate audience for their work, an audience that goes beyond the walls of their classroom, connecting them to other students in their grade level at school. This is a great way to build collaboration and comraderie.
2) Students learn how to use a social media platform, in a closed environment.
3) Students learn the importance of netiquette (writing appropriately).
4) Students learn how to adapt images, to save them, to import them, to embed video, which can be helpful to students wanting to learn computer programming.
5) Students understand the meaning of hyperlinks and how to create them.
6) SMARTER Balanced Assessments will require students to enter information into text boxes; therefore, students need practice composing digital content.
7) Students generate their own passwords and learn to protect them, an important part of Internet Safety.
8) Blogging is a great way to teach kids the importance of staying on topic.
9) Blogging can be used to develop self-reflection and summary writing skills.
In the words of one teacher: “My favorite part about Kidblog is that I can access, assess and respond from anywhere. It’s priceless.”
Note: All student content is held for moderation before it is published by Miss Anderson.