Magazine article Technology & Learning

Educational Blogging: The Current Picture

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Educational Blogging: The Current Picture

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I've been reading Edublogger's (www.theedublogger.com) report on educational blogging. Published by Sue Waters, it relates to the picture as it was in 2016. It makes for interesting reading, and I urge you to read the full report. Here are a few of the findings and my thoughts on them.

The majority of respondents told us they mainly used their blogs for; class blogs (31.5%), class blogs with individual student blogs (19.2%), and for student blogs (17%); many also had their own personal blog (15.7%).

The figure for class blogs is quite impressive, but I have to say that I'm a little surprised, and even disappointed, that more teachers aren't blogging themselves. 1 think all teachers should blog. It's a good way of reflecting on your practice.

Mind you, it has to be acknowledged that this survey into blogging focuses only on blogging. It may well be that many of the roughly 85 percent of teachers who say they don't have their own personal blog do much of their thinking out loud on Facebook or Twitter. Also, the statistic of 15.7 percent relates to a personal blog; maybe a lot of teachers write blog posts elsewhere, such as on Medium.

Student class blogs were used for: assignments and class news (42.7%), [to] share information with families (37.3%), and [to] share links and resources (33.1%).

I think blogging is a great tool for undertaking assignments. If you encourage students to write a blog post every week over the course of a six-week project, both you and they have a record of what they learned, and how their project and their thinking developed. …

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