A teacher in America has set up a student blogging program to encourage literacy skills of his students.
"I started off with just one student blogging in my class. Once the other kids saw how much fun it was, they started asking their parents to come in and talk with me. The number of student bloggers grew rapidly and their parents were very eager to have their children learn the technology and enhance their reading and writing skills. This was encouraging to see, and yet I noticed that there was a group of students who were not getting involved: English Language Learners," writes Mr Jon Schwartz.
- Kids want to share their work with a real, authentic audience.
- Kids need to learn how to write and present their work in an organized fashion.
- Kids need to learn how to use the internet and become digital citizens.
- Kids benefit from creating organized work portfolios that they can easily access from a variety of locations.
- Writing is a higher order thinking skill, as it requires the author to synthesize information and thoughts and present it in a coherent fashion.
- Teachers need to give students timely and meaningful input on their work, but that's hard to do when the work is all handed in at the same time.
- Busy parents can read their children's work at their convenience, offer praise, and share it with relatives and friends.
- Kids can share their work with their peers and comment on their peer's work.
Read more about the program here: http://kidslikeblogs.org/elementary_student_blogs....