There is no denying the benefit that blogging can bring to the students and teachers alike. Students are now a part of a technological innovative age where expressing yourself via the internet is normal. Blogging provides educators a means of connecting their assignments to the today’s predominate social networking. Although I personally do not enjoy blogging, I do feel that using a writing medium that students relate to will spark interests. Online blogging also allows teachers to easily check for plagiarism to ensure student honesty and integrity. Furthermore, blogging helps teachers to encourage to students to work collaboratively through dialogue blogging. Lastly, teachers can use blogging to show parents what their children are working on to get them more involved in their children’s school work.Similarly, students are gain great advantages by using blogging. One of the biggest advantages of blogging is that student’s work is exposed to a greater audience. Not only does that allow for more peer reviews but it also causes the students to look at comments on their own blogs to question their own work. Online blogging also empowers students. It encourages students to make writing a life-long purpose. Blogging and writing is not just for assignments and work but also for general use. I feel that although I do not appreciate blogging now, it does open the door for using blogging in my future. One of the other benefits of blogging is that it can be done continuously. This means that students can update, comment or post continuously. It allows assignments to have a real time aspect that is different from standard papers.

I do feel that blogging can also be somewhat detrimental to writing. Unlike writing papers, blogs are mostly free write and not a final product of multiple drafts. Blogs are not as well formulated and constructed, possibly making them a lesser form of writing. Although I think that this could be problematic, I do think that blogging should continue to be utilized for educational purposes.


7 responses »

  1. hannahglos says:

    I think that there is a point to be made that blogging can have a detrimental effect to your writing, but that only really applies if you were sitting in a writing class. If you are writing papers, short stories or articles, you want your final draft to have structure and clear ideas, but if instead the point of writing is to transmit an idea from one person to a greater audience, then blogging is the perfect solution for that. With students constantly writing down brief ideas and having numerous posts, they both read and write and absorb so many more ideas than if they spend the same amount of time working on one paper.

  2. Alex Lin says:

    Why does blogging have to be detrimental to writing? I think that because most students view blogging from a social media point of view (myself included), they feel less formal and less structured. However, that is just the context in which they view it. For example, think of a short one-page paper that a professor has asked you to write. You would go home, think about your ideas, write your paper, and hand it in next class. Now imagine that instead of handing the papers in, you just submit them to a “database.” This database could be viewed by everybody in the class and people could even make comments on them.

    Sounds a little like blogging to me.

  3. Jordi says:

    “online blogging”? Is there another kind? Sounds like you are selling round bagels.

  4. Jordi says:

    Do you expect or want to share this blog with you family?

  5. Jordi says:

    You are right that most blogging is done in a free-wheeling, spontaneous mode. That mode can be good in many ways. However, one, you even, are capable of letting a post sit and then editing and re-writing it as you might do more polished writing. Writing, communication, serves a purpose. I don’t think this is lesser if it serves its purpose: creating an on-going community of writing, thinking and dialogue.

  6. mwh011 says:

    I like how you started off talking about how our generation has grown up in an era where a computer is basically an additional limb. I’ve talked to my friends about how we all grew up IMing for hours and how its transfered to a comfort that a lot of Gen Y has on the internet. Following that logic, I could see how blogging could potentially be very beneficial to the student. I agree that, if it goes unregulated and unchecked, blogging can create cycles of bad writing that can ultimately lead to bad habits. However, I think the other side of this argument that should be looked at is that blogging allows students to write freely and unrestricted to develop their own voice, if the internet actually is a place where they feel comfort. Instead of the strict guidelines and parameters that a term paper might have, blogging can help develop a unique voice for the writer that could end up as quite a good product if polished.

  7. brookeparker16 says:

    As a senior I am currently applying for jobs and just stumbled upon a job where one of the skills needed was WordPress. After being thrilled that one of my new skills met the requirements of a potential job, I realized what perhaps is the biggest benefit to blogging in education. As it has been discussed by many of my classmates, blogging is becoming increasingly popular in today’s society. Many businesses already have or are going to adopt blogging into their marketing strategies and therefore are going to be expecting blogging knowledge in their future hirers. Having blogging as a part of the educational curriculum will give students the increasingly necessary skill set to be successful after college.

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