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Blogging for Effective Education

How Blogs Are Being Used For Effective Education

With the advent of the internet and its use in almost every household across the globe, learning has become interesting and fun. You can now get anything you want with just a few clicks, unlike the previous years when you had to search for books relating to the information that you are looking for and it could take ages to get that.

The internet has given education a new and interesting dimension altogether. Just like wiki, podcast and other sites, the different blogs can also be used in the classroom environment by children as a useful tool for communication and to keep a link between the study groups of different classes or even schools, and even maintain a diary entry.

If the blogs are effectively used, they can very well create a wonderful learning environment which could possibly extend to a level that is beyond the traditional school.

How Blogs are Useful in the Classrooms

The blogs provide the school children with various educational benefits. Students find the blogs to be highly motivating. This is the reason why all students enjoy working on the blogs and participating in them. A blog also provides the students with excellent opportunities for writing and reading.

Furthermore, the blogs have proved to be an effective forum for discussion and collaboration. Finally, they are regarded as a powerful tool for enabling mentoring or scaffolding learning.

How Blogs are Effective in Education

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Blogs tend to provide the students with 4 basic functions:

Collaboration

They provide the students and teachers with a space for developing their writing and other skills and provide an advantage with an immediate audience. The teachers have the facility of providing the students with instructional tips that can be benefitted by the students who can practice and take full advantage. Online mentoring also becomes quite easy through blogs. The students also have the privilege of participating in the different learning activities which can enhance their skills effectively and in an interesting way.

Classroom Management

The classroom blogs tend to serve as portals and foster the learner community. They are quite easy to develop and also can be updated efficiently. They could also be used as a tool to inform the students about the requirements of the class, post handouts, homework assignments, notices and also an answer board.

Discussions

The class blog opens up plenty of opportunity for the students to discuss the various topics outside the classroom. With the help of such blogs, every student has the opportunity to share his/her views and opinions. The students also have excellent opportunities to reflect and react to each other’s blog posts. The teachers could also form a group of intellectuals for guiding the students and discussing different blog posts.

Student portfolios

The blogs tend to present, protect and organize the student’s work as a digital portfolio. The older entries can be archived too, making it easier to develop the skills and analyze the progress of the individual. The students also tend to produce better skills in writing as they realize that their efforts will be published.

Thus, education through blogs imparts much more motivation to the students and they find the digital way of learning quite intriguing compared to the boredom of classroom lectures.

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Founder of BigCurious.com, an Indian online store that lets you buy second hand books online. Vivek writes about blogging at Collegefallout.

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  • sonesh March 17, 2014, 12:01 pm

    This is one of the best way to study..with our own suitable time table :)

  • shivam July 5, 2012, 9:07 am

    the idea i great………..!!
    and after all much of the information on internet is acquired through blogs only…………!!

  • Pratibha Singh April 6, 2012, 1:26 am

    Hi Vivek.

    I believe blogging can be an effective tool in education Because We could use blogs to learn about techniques, and read up on fun ideas that seasoned teachers may have posted. Blogs could also be used for communication between the school and home. All the assignments and due dates could be posted on the internet and available for parents and students to access them at home. so your Post is really very informative and useful. Thanks for sharing this………….!!

  • George March 30, 2012, 11:21 am

    Thanks for the post. But now i rather feel that a forum is a much better option to freely communicate ideas as the commenting thing is very easy

  • Drenna
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    March 29, 2012, 7:52 am

    If we have this in our time, I am sure we’d be more interactive and have a wider knowledge. I am glad that the new generation gets the advantage and they become better at learning.

  • Kevin Rose March 10, 2012, 6:49 am

    Blogs are really effective way of learning new skills and techniques! I simpley love to learn with blogs tutorials!

  • Amy Turner
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    March 7, 2012, 7:55 pm

    Blogs could also provide some insights on student-related issues happening in the outside world. It is a welcome opportunity to open their eyes on the realities of life and could guide them on how to react positively on specific situations. Teachers can extend guidance for the discussions and steer them into serious and responsible thoughts and actions.
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  • rakesh
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    March 7, 2012, 3:19 am

    Though these are the advantages of blogs in education.Do ‘t you think you are diverting their attention from other more important things. And one more suggestion , Over exposure of technology also destroy their innocence.
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  • Ricardus
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    March 6, 2012, 10:40 am

    I think it can create an open discussion without determining who’s right and who’s wrong. This is in fact a good medium to educate.

  • Liane
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    March 4, 2012, 1:08 am

    Last semester, I had a class that required us to post entries and comments on a group blog. It was fun and challenging at the same time since you can read about your classmate’s thoughts and you have to step up to improve the level of discussion. I think it’s common in college these days. I just hope they bring the same system into high school kids and lower who just get stuck in games and social media sites in these times…
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    • Vivek Krishnan
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      March 11, 2012, 3:32 am

      Hi Liane, I have noticed that most universities that offer higher studies are making blogs and internet marketing a compulsory part of their curriculum. And you have pointed it out right – it would be great to see the same system introduced to high school as well.
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  • Anne-Sophie
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    March 3, 2012, 7:36 am

    I love this post and I wish blogs would be used more when it comes to formal education. I think that the US is far more advanced on this subject than we are here in Europe. It’s a pity, really, because blogs and the internet are such an immeasurable resource and we hardly use it (yet). I am hoping that more institutions will realize the importance of using this tool for better and more effective education.
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  • Nishadha
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    March 2, 2012, 3:02 am

    Blogs are a much under utilized tool in education, however more and more teachers are integrating them into their class work. Parallel development of other web based tools also helped to speed up the process.
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  • Mark March 1, 2012, 3:32 pm

    Back when i was in college, i always advised my student friends to start blogs and share their knowledge and opinions. I think starting a blog is a very healthy way to expressing ourselves as well as communicating with like-minded people. Thanks Vivek

    M Mark

  • Janet Mueller March 1, 2012, 12:29 pm

    Vivek, I agree. I forwarded your article to my daughters school today! Great post.
    Janet
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  • Mike Smith March 1, 2012, 11:05 am

    Everything what have I learned about SEO and little coding is from the Blogs and tutorials. Blogs are really great and effective way of learning!
    Thank you for such an useful post Vivek!

  • Abhi Balani
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    March 1, 2012, 8:17 am

    Very good topic you’ve choose, Vivek. That was really good post. Appreciate it.
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  • David
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    March 1, 2012, 7:08 am

    This is certainly a different take on how to use blogs. Some great ideas on collaboration. There could also be some interesting nuggets for the class yearbook collected that way, too.
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    • Vivek Krishnan
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      March 1, 2012, 10:47 am

      Hi David, I included Collaboration after I personally found it useful in my case as an engineering student.

  • Pritam March 1, 2012, 2:42 am

    Nice post. I am sure in future students will have something to communicate their blog and enhance their knowledge.
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  • Alva Fergen March 1, 2012, 12:30 am

    Downside is that the students in our school use it for their homework. And I mean direct copy/paste with minimal or no editing whatsoever. Can be easily Google search when teachers check it. Shame on them.

  • Janet Mueller February 29, 2012, 10:10 pm

    Hi Vivek,Great article and particularly really like the idea of a blog being used as part of classroom management. The benefits associated with mentoring, motivating and communication of homework, assignments etc. Experience with writing, and ways to help students share their ideas etc.Thanks for sharing!

  • Becca February 29, 2012, 9:18 pm

    Very informative and useful topic. This will help a lot to me as a new one in blogging. This idea enhances my capability. All of the content is about keywords and in fact I definitely understand those things. Thanks for sharing this and its a very big help for me..

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