Blogging is a very creative way to utilize our technology for a modern method of teaching. There are several advantages to blogging for the students and the teachers. Although there are some cons to this mode of communication, the benefits certainly outweigh them.
One of the most useful skills for students to develop in today’s society is something that a course is not named after. It is a skill that must be developed throughout your academic career. Collaboration is the main form of working in companies today. A big idea or strategy may start with one person, but it is developed to its final product through collaboration. Teamwork and communication are the best ways we learn today. Bouncing ideas of each other and critiquing what everyone has to stay is how we determine the best solution. This process helps identify the problems because several minds are rationalizing the idea from different perspectives. Blogging is an easy way to share our thoughts on subjects without having to be in the same room together. This article outlines why the next generation needs these skills to survive in a global economy: Survival Skills Necessary in the 21st Century.
In addition to discussing ideas together, blogging encourages reading and writing efficiently by practicing how to effectively communicate our ideas concisely. As compared to a classroom setting, students are able to take their time and gather their thoughts and articulate their points to encourage a more intellectual conversation. Blogging also encourages students to explore outside reading to broaden their knowledge. Students will learn about the topic through diverse sources and then convey that viewpoint to everyone else. Plus, the information shared is saved and can be referred back to later.
Some of the drawbacks for blogging are that it might be difficult to grade students on their discussion. A pass-fail system would work, but it is hard to grade them on their progress or contribution to the discussions. Blogging also takes time to manage the site and post comments easily, especially if you are not tech savvy. I would argue that point that it also allows easy connection to refer to online sources and reduces the use of paper. What better way is there to use the internet than blogging does by intellectually sharing our ideas on our own time?