The Possibilities of Student Blogging

Friend and colleague, Andrea Hernandez, filmed and edited the following video.  The video is a smorgasbord of  thoughts regarding the possibilities of blogging with your students.

You will hear Andrea and my thoughts, as well as students sharing their learning experiences about blogging and

  • connecting to the world
  • quad-blogging
  • blogging to improve quality writing
  • transforming the writing process
  • writing with a purpose
  • authentic feedback and conversation
  • global awareness and perspectives
  • communication skills
  • student engagement
  • creative expression
  • practice platform
  • digital citizenship

The success of a globally connected student blog largely depends on “how connected their teacher is…”. What do you think about my statement of “the teacher has a responsibility to make connections for them”? Does this apply to all grade levels and age groups? When do we hand that responsibility over to the students? How do we guide them in building their own personal learning network?

20 thoughts on “The Possibilities of Student Blogging”

  1. Hello Ms. Tolisano, I like the idea of quad-blogging. I have never heard of that before. What a great way for students to improve their writing skills and to be able to connect with students around the world. This could also be a great way to learn how life is in other countries. I would love to use this in my classroom when I do begin teaching. Thank You for your post.

  2. Hello Ms. Tolisano! The idea of the quad-blogging is a great idea! I think that is a great way to boost students’ confidence in their writing because they are given tips on how to improve their posts and I am sure that they get comments that say how their posts are really good. Having other students that are not in their class comment on their posts will also give them more opinions and advice for writing. I really enjoyed the video!

  3. I love finally hearing about how students feel about blogging from their point of view! I always read and hear about how good blogging is for students from educators. It really makes me an advocate to know that the students are doing something they enjoy while also learning and interacting with the world.

  4. Mrs. Tolisano,
    I really enjoyed this video! Using this provides students with a wider range of peers to edit their work and give them constructive criticism on their writing. Having more than just their classroom friends and teacher commenting on their writing will boost their chances of learning more because they have more eyes viewing their work. Thank you!

  5. I love the idea of quad-blogging! This is something that I haven’t heard about until viewing this post. I think that having students that are not in the same classroom being able to comment on the blogs is a great thing! Having other student’s comments and viewpoints will really help students improve their writing. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I enjoyed watching your video. I also enjoyed learning about quad-blogging. I believe that allowing the students to blog with people in different countries give a them different outlook on the different topics they are discussing. I think it also build their peer editing skills and writing skills.

  7. The idea of using quad-blogging allows four classrooms to become better writers and commenters with an authentic audience. Students take turns being a writer and commenter every week is great technique using digital citizenship. Students improve their own writing skills and become curators at the same time. Students develop ways to blog by using creative expression, transforming their writing, and making connections and learn to write for a purpose. This blog is something I will use in my classroom to asses my students writing abilities in the classroom.

  8. This was an excellent post. The idea of having multiple classrooms from around the world actively writing with one another is exciting! I know that the students must really enjoy knowing that their work is being viewed globally. This type of learning leads to the students caring more about the work they are creating which leads to the creation of better writing skills.

  9. After taking EDM310 at the University of South Alabama, I have become a strong believer in incorporating blogging into the classroom. This video brought to light some ideas I had not even thought about. The concept of quad blogging seems very interesting, and an excellent way to get students very excited about blogging. Also, the fact that the students realize that other students from around the world will be reading their blogs, it will definitely promote better writing skills within the classroom.

    1. @Logan,
      When you start blogging (reading other blogs AND writing your own learning blog), when the benefits for your students will come to life! Blogging is so much more than just improving writing skills. It is about connecting, global awareness, multimedia communication, visible thinking, etc.

  10. Quad blogging is something I’ve never heard of before! It sounds super interesting. Having other students that are not in their classroom comment on their blogs could give new insight on the subject.

  11. I can see I’m not the only one who likes the concept of quad blogging! The students really get excited when someone from the other side of the world comments on their blogs. Blogging is such an incredible tools for teachers to use in the classroom. I think the points you listed nailed it on the head. Thank you for sharing the video to further show more about the benifits of using blogging in the classroom!

  12. Excellent video! These students are so articulate in the way they explain their blogging experience, that is impressive.You can see the benefits of blogging through their eyes and it is so authentic. I would love to see later more on student talking about the global aspect of blogging and how they personally relate to that.

  13. Quad blogging is a great opportunity to connect with others, practice and improve writing skills, and make writing and communicating fun and purposeful. Additionally, it creates global awareness as students are able to communicate with other students around the world. Students in a dual immersion program can practice and develop their language skills by connecting with others who speak the target language. Students can reflect on and revise their writing and look back at their posts and see their growth. I am sure students are proud of their work and want to share it with their families, teachers, and friends, thus creating a love for literacy and writing.

  14. As a teacher I know that blogging provides an excellent writing tool for students. A subjects that is frequently regarded as boring and difficult can take a new significance with blogging.
    Not only the student is able to communicate with their audience in an immediate way but also they have more possibilities to interact with other authors with their same interests.
    As a blogger myself I know that writing for an audience and with a purpose is far more meaningful than just having to compose an paragraph that will be graded with a rubric and translated into a grade.
    Blogginf is a great tool to develop language

  15. I love the idea of student blogging. It reminds me of pen pals, but through the digital realm. I especially like that the students take turns in becoming the writers, commentators, and editors. This gives the students the opportunity to improve their writing in different areas of writing. Blogging is also great to do with students from other countries because they can learn about other cultures. Lastly, blogging can also enhance one’s writing skills and can be fun, innovative, exploratory, and creative. Cheers to blogging and technology in the classroom.

  16. As a teacher I know that blogging provides an excellent writing tool for students. A subject that is frequently regarded as boring and difficult can take another significance with blogging. Not only the student is able to communicate with their audience in an immediate way, but also they have more possibilities to interact with other authors with their same interests.
    As a blogger myself, I know that writing for an audience and with a purpose is far more meaningful than just having to compose a paragraph that will be graded with a rubric and translated into a grade.
    Blogging is a great tool to develop language skills, viewpoints and awareness.

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