In a digital world, blogging is becoming its own genre of writing. Amateurs and experts alike blog about a variety of topics — beauty tutorials, recipes, the latest innovations in technology, political commentary and many others. What used to be a medium to express one’s thoughts has transformed into a format where people interact with others, conduct in-depth analyses and tell compelling stories.
Over the years, as blogging has become more prominent and refined, the benefits of blogging as a learning tool have also become apparent. Not only does the activity encourage students to hone their writing skills but it also motivates them to read and provide deep analyses on texts, thereby sharpening their minds and improving their communication skills.
Here are the ways that blogging becomes a powerful learning tool for students.
Blogging as a way to tell stories
Blogging is all about capturing a reader’s attention and there’s no better way to achieve that than through storytelling. Teachers can use blogging to help students tell their personal stories through their blog assignments. For example, they can inspire students to tell stories through questions and prompts such as:
- Put yourself in the protagonist’s shoes. What would you have done if you were part of the story? Write yourself into your favourite scene.
- Have you ever had experiences that are similar to those of the protagonist’s? Share your experiences and explain how they help you relate to the main character.
Those questions can encourage them to make critical connections between themselves and the characters as well as the world around them. Blogging also becomes a fun and innovative process that develops their thinking skills and ability to express themselves through writing.
Blogging encourages research
Not all writing activities involve storytelling. There are writing tasks that require adequate and critical research to prove theories, support truths and inform action.
This especially applies to blogging. Blog posts usually include authoritative links related to reputable sources as the links promote traffic and help others learn more about a specific topic. When students do research to add content to their blog posts, they gain knowledge about subjects that are oftentimes not discussed within the four walls of the classroom.
Blogging invites feedback
Blogging provides students with a platform to share their thoughts with readers who can also respond to them. This element of social interaction not only encourages students to blog so that they can receive responses but it also motivates them to think about the content they put out.
When they blog, they learn about the importance of connecting with their audience, using appropriate language and understanding the impact of their words. It challenges them to consider alternate perspectives and viewpoints as their classmates and people from around the world comment on their posts.
Blogging promotes self-expression
In a traditional classroom design, the student’s audience is mainly the teacher and their classmates. If the student starts blogging regularly, they’ll reach a broader readership that can give them constructive feedback. Additionally, with a platform, they’ll feel the need to consistently provide their readers with good information. This pushes them to strive for excellence instead of only submitting the bare minimum.
The world is evolving and learning tools need to adapt to the demands of the modern world. Today, everything is slowly but surely turning digital and classroom blogging is a great way for students to reflect, sharpen their writing skills, express themselves and interact with the big, beautiful world.