Most of us think that social media is a way to connect with family, relatives, and friends. However, the use of social media is not just merely a way for online communication. Nowadays the social media resources are rapidly expanding into the educational field. One of the most popular tools which is being used in education is a blog. Blogs create new opportunities for students to learn, read, and write.
A blog is a way to publish your own thoughts on a topic. It creates an open dialogue among students who write blogs on different topics, read other students’ blogs, and write comments. Learners have a great opportunity to share their ideas, exchange attitudes, and opinions with their groupmates. According to Bortree blogs give students ownership over their own learning and an authentic voice, allowing them to articulate their needs and inform their own learning (Bortree, D.S., 2005).
Blogging gives students an audience for their work. Having such an audience can result in feedback and greatly increase student motivation to do their best work. Moreover, blogs develop students’ writing skills, research skills as the students learn how to evaluate, assess various online resources. I would say that I started to develop my writing habit due to a number of posts, comments. Every other week I should write a blog, two comments on the other blogs which were written by my groupmates to share opinions with each other and to support each other with questions and answers. It makes my writing process more creative as I have an opportunity to choose any topic which interests me. I review my blogs and try to improve my weaknesses.
While learners write blogs, teachers can monitor the academic progress of students. Teachers create an online platform for students’ evaluation, feedback. As a result a teacher can identify learners’ needs. A teacher as a facilitator gives learners a chance to access multiple resources, to facilitate connecting with others,and makes learning more engaging, interesting, efficient. I would say that blogs should be used in education because it makes the learning process more creative, engaging, and stimulating!
What is your opinion on blogging? Don’t you think that blogging has a positive impact on learning?
Bortree, D.S. (2005). Presentation of self on the Web: an ethnographic study of teenage girls’ weblogs. Education, Communication & Information, 5(1), 25-39