Reflecting on learning in science blogs will lead to an overall increase in student engagement. Consider this – Students begin to think critically about the content they learn, communicate their ideas through digital media, and make connections between their learning and the world outside the classroom.
Math communication – seems like an oxymoron. However, by facilitating online math discussions, students have the opportunity to think about math in a way outside of just right and wrong. Working together in Kidblog, students can discover the answer to a tough problem, while sharing ideas and thoughts along the way. Suddenly what started as an oxymoron becomes a beautiful combination of teamwork and problem solving!
As you likely know, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. A STEM teacher’s task: create a hands-on program where worksheets are out and technology is in. Take the hands-on work students are doing in the classroom one step further. Blogging gives your STEM students a broader audience, accountability and motivation, an opportunity to think critically, and, best of all, the ability to connect with professional engineers.
Integrate blogging into your foreign language curriculum as a way to encourage students to take a chance with writing and to be more creative with the language. Students will begin to build their language vocabulary when they are given the chance to share their thoughts, write freely, and not worry so much about correct grammar and if they are right or wrong.
Whether it’s fashion, sports, current events, or recipes, the ability to share your passion and knowledge for something online for an audience is exciting. Giving your students a safe space to “report on” what they know and love, and ownership over this work, is empowering. Students learn that what they share online is available to the world and can dramatically impact others in either a positive or negative way.
Current events are a gateway – Students are confronted with real-life situations and are forced to form opinions based on facts told through the lens of another, informed person. However, sometimes students just aren’t interested in current events. A reason for this might be that students don’t have the space to explore these issues with their peers. Blogging can become the space for students to share current events, formulate opinions, and converse with their peers outside social media.
The ability to connect content from one subject matter to another is essential to authenticate the learning experience for students. Sometimes, this can be very difficult to do, especially if you don’t have cross-curricular planning time as a part of your teaching schedule. Kidblog can be a useful tool in linking across curricula because students can access the blog in any class, on any device. A blog post can be started in one class and finished or edited in a different class at a later date, or vice versa.