I have been thinking a lot about my blogging in my classroom next year and the possibility of transferring to EduBlogs from KidBlog next year. I have seen a lot of other educators using EduBlogs and wondered if I was missing out by not using that format. Today I spent some time playing around with Edublogs and it is certainly a lot more powerful than KidBlog but I don’t know if Grade 4 kids need that level of sophistication.
Whenever I use technology, I try to keep the pedagogy first so … the pedegogy behind using blogging is
-> increases motivation for writing because students can share with each other, and they actually get to “publish” their work
-> able to share their work outside of the classroom (with other students around the work, family members)
-> creates a digital portfolio of student work and accomplishments over the year
-> fits with the “constructivist” framework
-> encourages reflection
-> provides students with meaningful feedback quickly
Some of the benefits of EduBlogs are that you can add in widgets and counters to track visits … and you can create more appealing layouts. If thinking about this comparative to the IB program it would be neat to track visitors from around the world but this could be done on a class blog instead of individual blogs?
So … we can see that blogging is a good thing but do I need to go to the more powerful tool for my class or do I get all of the same benefits from Kidblog?
What do you think? Am I really missing out on something by not using edublogs? Can you think of other pedagogical reasons for blogging?