When I was setting up this blog in class a couple of weeks ago I pondered the above question – Is blogging useful in the primary school classroom?
I can see its applications for educators; a way of communicating with other educators, sharing experiences and ideas. When I become a teacher I think that I will use blogging as a forum to do such things and I feel that young children could benefit from using this kind of system in the classroom but I think it would be difficult to implement. However I can see how it could be implemented in the classroom. A way for children to reflect on their learning while gaining skills in word processing and computer technologies. A great concept – if only it were easier to implement.
Children need to reflect on their learning, share their thoughts and have a voice in the classroom but there are much easier ways of achieving this. Teachers could supply children with notebooks in which they could record their learning during a project or just in general. Or instead of notebooks students could use a word document as a learning journal which integrates the reflection component of a blog and the wordprocessing skills as well. To create a blog more often than not an email account it needed and having student information on the web is a very sensitive issue and so having student blogs would take a great deal of planning and of cource computer expertise. Also some children do not have access to the internet at home so writing blogs could be limited to class time.
Overall I think blogs are great for teachers to communicate with other teachers and if they were to be used in the classroom they would be a great way for students to record their learning; something to add some variety rather than just writing all the time. But in saying so I do feel that there are other ways of achieving the same outcome. Blogging would be excellent for older children with more computer knowledge and skills but as a student teacher in Early Childhood Education I do not feel it would be appropriate for children in years K -3.
I would love to hear if people have seen blogging successfully implemented in Early Childhood classrooms because my opinion is not formed from any practical experience with classroom blogging.
Thanks for reading.