Blogging (also known as short weblog) is a website for short online journal that is updated regularly. It is easily accessible through Internet and can be updated with minimal technological knowledge. It is considered as a fundamental approach for people who are comtemplating on the course of becoming a publisher. It is also an enjoyable way of approaching literature and improving writing skills. Nowadays, many people use blogging as a tool to expose themselves to the world, since one may include photos and videos in their blogs.
Blogging in an Education Perspective
Aside from being able to share thoughts and knowledge, blogging allows the publisher's writing to be exposed to real audiences. In an education perspective, students may only be writing for the sake of earning grades, and the only person evaluating their writing would be their teacher. However, as many of us may realize, a piece of writing can be interpreted in many standpoints. Thought blogging, students' work are evaluated by a high volume of real audiences with different perspectives. Not only does this motivates learners to write, they also gain from acquiring the diverse knowledge from a diverse group of individuals.
This concludes that the benefits of blogging for learners include:
- Developing their writing abilities
- Gaining creative multimedia skills
- Developing and managing an online community
- Communicating with family and friends.
When blogging, there are serveral things that bloggers should watch for:
- Correction - It is difficult to correct bloggers work when it has already been published. Moreover, real audiences usually correct bloggers on content rather than grammatical mistakes.
- Privacy - Bloggers/Learners should be notify that the content posted on the blog may be exposed to anyone who have access to the Web.
- Appropriate content/comment - Similar to privacy, because the content posted may be exposed, it is necessary for bloggers to consider the level of appropriateness.
- Internet Safety - It is important for learners/bloggers to understand the risks that are involved with online Internet activities. Educators who wish to educate students thought the use of weblogs should consider asking learners to fill in a Learner Internet Safety Pledge Form.
External Links to Free Blogging Sites
- Northwest Territories Literacy Council. (2011). Digital literacy: Blogging Retrieved from http://www.nwt.literacy.ca/digital_blogging.htm
- Northwest Territories Literacy Council. (n.d.). A Great way to Engage and Inspire Learners. Blogging in the Classroom. Retrieved from http://www.nwt.literacy.ca/digital_blogging.htm