12 Benefits for Students When They Become Bloggers
Blogging is a unique literacy activity that has many benefits. The process of writing posts allows student bloggers to:
- Become reflective learners. When students use a blog to share their ideas or reflect upon their work, it allows them to develop a deeper understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, values and beliefs, and identifies areas for improvement.
- Improve writing skills. Blog writing allows students to enhance their skills as they explore a range of writing styles to suit the purpose of the article.
- Reach a genuine audience. Blogging is public. Articles can be read by not only the teacher, but also peers, parents, classes, and people from around the world. This produces an authentic learning experience.
- Acknowledge their value. Blogging empowers students to recognize that their experiences have value because they can use them to write articles that inform, instruct, or inspire others.
- Build self-esteem. Comments from readers allows students to receive positive feedback that improves their self-image.
- Highlight individuality. Blogging enables students to share their unique viewpoint, ideas, and interests with others.
- Contribute equally. Every learner has a voice when blogging. In a classroom setting, it is difficult to give every student time to share his or her ideas. However, writing blogs and commenting upon entries, grants everyone an equal opportunity to participate.
- Actively engage in learning. Blogging transforms students from being consumers of information to producers of information. Instead of reading facts and watching videos posted by others, they are the ones developing unique content for others to consume.
- Develop higher-level thinking. The process of blogging requires students to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information. Creative and critical thinking skills are used to write editorials, offer solutions to common problems, debate ideas, justify a position, or recommend a product.
- Collaborate with others. The writing process can include a collaborative component. For example, peers can review work and post comments that lead to further revisions or a new post. As well, a class or school blog can be created through joint writing, whereby multiple students cooperate to produce a body of work.
- Feel motivated to become writers. Reluctant writers are motivated to blog because there is a genuine audience and the entries are short, which makes the process and time associated with writing less daunting.
- Find their inner voice. Blogging gives students the forum to express ideas that may otherwise have remained silent. The writing process becomes a powerful tool to self discovery as students delve deeper into understanding their experiences and ideas.