The trend of blogging in the primary school classroom is gaining momentum. The benefits of engaging students in blogging extend way beyond student learning of content and material. Blogging provides a unique platform where students can express their ideas and their findings about topics that they are interested in. Blogging enhances student engagement, provides students with a real audience and a real purpose, and promotes creativity and much much more.
In the initial stages of blogging students need guidance about what makes a good blog. Taking a look at a couple of effective blogs is a great way to highlight to students what it takes to make a blog successful. Two blogs that I have found that model to students some important aspects of successful blogging are:
This is a blog written by a 10-year-old girl Holly and her mother Sam. Both Holly and Sam love to read so they decided to start a blog where they would write book reviews for books that are written for Holly’s age group. This is a great blog to model to students how you can blog about something that you enjoy, which makes blogging not only educational but also fun.
NeverSeconds is a popular blog that was started by a then 9-year-old Martha Payne, who goes by the name of Veg on her blog. Martha was passionate about healthy eating with particular focus on the food that was served at school. Martha’s blog has received lots of publicity and has maintained its popularity, branching out to cover other food related areas, such as, food from other cultures. A good example to students of the power of blogging as it can create a global community by connecting audiences from all over the world.
Both of these blogs are great models to show students some key features of a good blog:
- Select a clearly defined topic, which you are passionate about and which you stick to.
- Utilises multimedia. Use a range of multimedia such as, images, text video and audio, to compliment your blog post. This can help to engage the audience, communicate your message and make your blog visually appealing.
- Well-organised, concise text and clear layout. Select a theme for your blog that is simple and visually appealing. For example, too much text can overwhelm the audience; at the same time too little text does not provide the audience with enough detail about your topic.
- Regular updates. Ideally blogs should be updated regularly, with relevant and engaging material.