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Keeping a blog for students is very useful because children of extremely young ages are using technology to learn and experience their world. If I can bring "their world" into my classroom, then their learning can only improve and become more engaging because it is more meaningful.
Differentiated Instruction is something I've heard a lot about this year, and maintaining a classroom blog can reach students of various learning styles. Adding a variety of videos and audio clips is one way to engage your visual and auditory learners, and to add in interactive websites where students can drag-and-drop objects or type in text boxes is a way to engage kinaesthetic learners. Even better, these things will benefit all students - which provides further evidence that a Universal Design for Learning is effective and very attainable.
A classroom blog can be a convenient way to combine various curricular subjects. Websites such as BitStrips and SlideRocket can combine Language, Visual Arts, and Technology all into one performance-based task. Webquests or Scavenger Hunts can allow students to explore an endless variety of educational websites while recording their findings on a website like Popplet, which could aid them in creating a piece of writing that is research-based.
Finally, updating a classroom blog can keep students and their families up-to-date on current classroom and school events, which eliminates having to e-mail parents or send out paper newsletters - it's eco-friendly!
I can't wait to be able to create a blog for a real life classroom one day!