Thursday, November 29, 2012

How Blogging Can Improve Student Writing

Blogs are indeed a higher stakes kind of writing but the most important aspect is their meaningfulness. And so yes, writing should improve as a result since writing for meaning is what makes thoughts and words powerful.

How Blogging Can Improve Student Writing

Published Online: November 28, 2012

Command of the written word is a vital 21st-century skill, even if we are using keys, buttons, and tablets instead of pens and pencils. In fact, in our digital world, communication is now more instantaneous than ever.

How do we prepare our students to meet the challenge?

Blogging can offer opportunities for students to develop their communications skills through meaningful writing experiences. Such projects not only motivate students to write, but motivate them to write well. Furthermore, student-blogging projects can be designed to address the Common Core State Standards for writing. For example, see anchor standard six, which calls upon students to use technology to "produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others." Score!

The Process

So how can you get started with student blogging? These steps helped my students have successful writing experiences:

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