Figure 1: Blog
With the introduction of technology and web browsing the idea of the ‘traditional classroom’, one where pens and paper are at the forefront, is changing at a rapid pace. We are no longer walking into classrooms with blackboards and frontward facing desks lined in a row. Classrooms of the 21st century have smartboards and groups of desks facing each other allowing the students to collaborate and discuss with ease. Technology’s ever-changing nature means that as teachers we must constantly reflect on our practices and keep up to date with the latest technological advances in order to inspire our students to become more engaged learners.
Creativity in the classroom is important on many levels. As educators we expect our students to become creative in their thinking and production of information. So how can we place such high expectations on our students if we do not provide them with creative lesson plans and the skills needed to produce these outcomes?
Our students are the ‘digital natives’ of today; they communicate and use technology across all areas of their lives (Wallagher, 2015). The future careers of our students will be largely dependant on strong computer skills as well as digital fluency and one way to introduce them to these skills can be through the use of blogging in the classroom (Pappas, 2013). Blogging should be viewed as a creative way to bridge literacy across the curriculum (Wallagher, 2015). Not only does it develop literacy skills needed to create pieces of writing, it also encourages students to think about the inclusion of auditory and visual technologies with the inclusion of programs such as Voki and Sway. The learning styles of students greatly differs within a classroom and programs such as these appeal to those learners who require imagery, videos and graphs to learn as well as those who prefer auditory cues.
Blogging can be individual, collaborative or both. It allows for free expression and can be used to encourage even the most introverted of students to voice their opinion in what can be done on an anonymous but public platform.
Figure 2: Blog Keyboard
Pappas, C. (2013). How to use blogs in the classroom. Retrieved from https://elearningindustry.com/how-to-use-blogs-in-the-classroom
Wallagher, M. (2015). How blogging is being used in the classroom. Retrieved from http://www.emergingedtech.com/2015/09/the-state-of-blogging-in-the-classroom/
Unknown. (2016). Blog. Retrieved from http://www.thepiedmontonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/blogging.jpg
Unknown. (2016). Blog Keyboard. Retrieved from http://becomeablogger.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Blog2.jpg