With blogging in education, teachers can provide students with new assignments and learning opportunities, and opportunities to acquire competencies they can use when they enter college or the workplace.
Teens must be careful when using the Internet; in addition to helping students stay in school and find hobbies, it can also complicate social interactions by spreading false information. Developing practical communication skills can also give teens an understanding of proper online conduct and professionalism. Bloggers’ responses to readers’ feedback can offer students valuable strategies for crafting concise responses, which can help them become better writers. They can also interact with opposing viewpoints, engaging in honest discussions and debates.
Blog comments can also be an excellent way to stimulate discussion among students as they strive to learn digital communication etiquette. Although Reddit, Quora, and other social media sites offer a high level of access to and sharing personal and opinionated content, a blog that reflects something more significant – such as a task, course, or purpose – helps understand the digital interaction.
Blogging requires students to develop a variety of writing techniques. Using a blog platform can provide students with knowledge and skills for SEO (search engine optimization), coding, and formatting, in addition to helping students develop their research skills and writing abilities.
Furthermore, a computer science class can collaborate on blogging projects that can give your students the chance to develop skills they may need in the future, such as creating, adding content, maintaining blogs, image editing, coding, and creating images for blogs.
Students can learn more than just writing and coding from a class-based blog. Those interested in biological or scientific topics will find it helpful to find out about photo documentation commonly captured during environmental assessments and to track how the environment has changed over time.
Writers and artists will enjoy learning about the power of photographs, in particular if the image is worth a thousand words or more! Writing and coding outside of formal computer science courses and integrating them with other activities allows students to see how their skills can be combined to do a project that engages the audience and tells a story.
Engaging Citizenship Skills
World events are occurring at an accelerated pace right now, and teenagers can use their voices to encourage change and support social engagement.
The teacher must assess school climates and communities to select the best-suited topics, including health topics, volunteer work, or bullying prevention. Topics related to the local community are also good sources. In this case, if your community is working towards expanding its library but cannot afford it, the students may wish to include this in civics and service-oriented blog. Choosing a highly controversial topic may depend on the teaching staff, mainly if it is a joint project between the two instructors.