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Creating a Class Blog: A Strategy that Can Promote Collaboration, Motivation, and Improvement in Literacy

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Today an increasing number of teachers have successfully implemented blogging with students ranging from kindergarten through high school (Hungerford-Kresser, Wiggins, & Amaro-Jimenez, 2012). Although research on blogging is scant, existing studies suggest it can benefit students in various ways (Meinecke, Smith, & Lehmann-Willenbrock, 2013). For example, some teachers have designed blogging projects to promote dialogue, reflection, social networking, and improvement in reading and writing (McGrail & Davis, 2011). Additionally, blogs can help teachers stay organized and use less paper (Richardson, 2010).

Allowing students to blog is a way for teachers to integrate new literacies into the curriculum, helping them adhere to the recommendations and standards of important educational organizations. The International Reading Association (2009), for example, urges teachers to use information and communication technologies (ICTs) to prepare students for successful participation in today's digital environment. The National Council for Teachers of Mathematics likewise encourages teachers and students to use technology to enrich student learning (Hossain & Wiest, 2013).

This article first discusses how blogging helps students collaborate and improve academically. Then, to help educators interested in integrating this technological method into their teaching, it presents ideas, strategies, and guidelines for starting a classroom blog.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2015

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  • Reading Improvement publishes reports and creative theoretical papers dealing with every aspect of reading improvement, and at all levels of instruction. Articles dealing with encoding and decoding, special education, handwriting, art, and literature in relation to K-12 are included in the sphere of interest. Preference is given to manuscripts that promise better understanding of reading and for improving the reading process.

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