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Teaching Tip

From the Teacher’s Aide Newsletter

2015 January

Using Blogs to Enhance Classroom Learning

Consider creating a blog that only your students can access. This can serve as a classroom portal for posting assignments, resources and notices, as well as a way to promote active learning. The majority of current students are tech savvy and are very comfortable communicating in online formats.

Blogging can make students more active, encourages writing, and fosters critical thinking. Find ways to encourage collaboration. Each week, post a question, a short passage from the required reading, or a link to an important article. Require that each student posts a comment, either directly about the original posted material or a response to another student’s comment. You can also encourage students to directly post valuable content (e.g., resources, website links). A good follow-up is to use the blog responses to spark a classroom discussion.