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Blogs: A tool of the 21st Century Learner

Saturday 15th September 2012

I'm trying something new. What will happen when I teach 28 Year 8 students how to set up an online blog and use it as a tool for learning?

The proposed outcomes...students will...

  • Reflect on their learning
  • Discuss and develop ideas
  • Showcase achievement

First-off, make sure that students are fully aware of the need to be responsible for what is published on the web. This is typically encouraged through discussion, research tasks and sharing horror stories about the consequences of what people have done. Consider the consequences of posting:

  • Derogatory content
  • Copyrighted material
  • Encouraging hatred
  • Personal information - e.g. address, holiday dates

Step 2: Choosing a suitable blogging platform. Google's 'blogger' appears to be the best as it's ad-free and has plenty of storage. In an ideal world, perhaps a MU (multiuser) WordPress installation would be best.

Step 3: Start blogging.

Of course; blogs can be used for all sorts of reasons. It will be interesting to see if students can genuinely use them as a tool for learning.

I'd be interested to hear about the outcomes of such a project from anyone who has embarked on this idea.