Saturday, 22 September 2012

Utilizing Blogs In The Classroom

As a classroom teacher, I believe that creating and using a classroom blog is an excellent idea and has numerous benefits not only for the teacher, but for the students as well.  I believe that a classroom blog will work well for students because it will help to assist them to become more ICT literate which is an important 21st century skill.  Creating and using blogs in the classroom is an effective forum for collaboration (providing a space where teachers and students can work to further develop writing or other skills with the advantage of an instant audience) and discussion (opens the opportunity for students to discuss topics outside of the classroom).  I see blogging as a powerful tool that enables scaffolded learning or mentoring to occur.  Also, it will be highly motivating to students especially those who otherwise might not be classroom participants.  It will give them a chance to express themselves and this will help them to become better writers and feel more confident about themselves.  This blog will be used to post any homework or assignments given in class, tests, revision guides, games pertaining to a particular topic and any link that would cater for the visual learners just to name a few.  Any feedback or questions that students have can be posted on my blog and I will respond to them in a timely manner.  Parents can also view their child's profile to see what is going on (i.e. if they are given homework, assignments, quiz, etc.).  By creating a classroom blog, students will be able to interact with their peers by writing on each other's blog and this would help to improve their reading  and communication skills.  

Ms. Josiah's classroom blog will be EDUCATIONAL, INTERACTIVE, LIVELY, and FUN!!!!


  1. Miss Josiah, I am so impressed with your blog and with ideas that you have to integrade technology in the classroom. Do your best to capture the minds of your students,remember a mind is a terrible thing to waste. Best wishes in integrading technology in your classroom.

  2. Thank you for the compliments and I will try to do my best to capture the minds of my students. I also agree that a mind is a terrible thing to waste and for that I will work towards exploring different avenues so that each child will feel appreciated. One such way is to utilize technology more in the classroom since we are moving towards a technologically advanced era.

  3. Hello Miss. Josiah,

    Thank you for acknowledging my mail regarding my blog. I was so delighted that you responded.

    Just as you have indicated, I truly believe that your classroom blog will be "educational, interactive, lively and fun". I love the colour scheme and layout that you have chosen for your blog. It has really captured the essence of your personality, from the little that I have seen of you. You are an energetic and lively teacher.

    I like the fact that you mentioned that students will become more ICT literate. Not only will they be exposed to technology, but they would acquire the skills that are necessary.

    I am in total agreement that utilizing a blog in your classroom will help with scaffolding and mentoring. Students will be able to work in coperative groups and parents will have a chance to work closely as well with students in the scaffolding process.

    Technology is indeed a powerful tool and should be used in the classroom. All the best!

    Akeila, how will this blog improve the quality of your instruction in the classroom.

  4. Thank you for all the positive feedback given. This blog will help to improve the quality of instruction in the classroom because I would be able to improve the delivery of my lessons and provide specific instructional plans based on individual student needs. All students learn differently and we as teachers need to recognize our students learning differences and accommodate them. Blogging is one of the many ways this can be done. Also, a classroom blog will help me as a teacher to give students detailed information about a particular topic with the use of graphics, games, etc. and this will help to improve learning among students.

  5. Ms. Josiah i am impressed and elated that you have included how teachers as well as students can benefit from utilizing blogs in the classroom. In your journey of blogging may all your wishes be successfully granted.

  6. Thank you Ms. Fenton and I too hope that I will become successful with utilizing blogs in the classroom.