Why Blog? A question to a blogging group that I belong to asked if someone could give the reasons for blogging with primary children. This, along with the fact that Dean Shareski, our educational technologist, is coming to our classroom to videotape and interview the kids in action tomorrow, got me to thinking about why I do this. Here is my list so far:
1.The kids deserve a wider audience. Why would kids want to write on paper for only their teacher to see when they could write on their blog for the whole world to see?
2.The opportunity for comments about their writing to and from their friends.
3.An opportunity for family to be involved in and observe the children’s development.
4.A safe place to learn about posting to the Internet. Because I control the content, I can talk to any student who wants to post something that is unsuitable to help them learn about what a more appropriate posting would be.
5.The chance to learn about and from other cultures. The kids feel very attached to the two classrooms that are linked on the left-hand side of the blog, and talk about them in the same way they do the class next door. We have learned many things about other ways of life from blogging.
6.The prospect of learning a new form of communication. Blogging will probably not be around by the time my grade ones graduate from high school, but it is their introduction to a new way of communicating that surely will be.