1. It is motivating and fun! Students think they are having so much fun, they forget that they are actually learning.
2. Provides an authentic audience for writing- not just for a teacher.
3. Suits all learning styles and students at all levels.
4. Increased motivations for writing .
5. Increased motivation for reading - my students will happily spend a lot of time browsing through fellow student posts and making comments.
6. Improved confidence levels - We find talents that were otherwise unknown and it allows us to work on those strengths. It allows staff to often gain insight to how students are feeling and thinking.
7. Pride in their work - Students want their blogs to look good in both
terms of presentation and content.
8. Blogs allow text, multimedia, widgets, audio and images - all items that digital natives want and need
9. Increased proofreading and validation skills
10. Improved awareness of possible dangers that may confront them in the real world, whilst in a sheltered classroom environment
11. Mutual learning between students and staff.
12. Receive invaluable feedback from other readers.
13. Blogs may be used for digital portfolios and all the benefits this entails
14. Work is permanently stored, easily accessed and valuable comparisons can be made over time for assessment and evaluation purposes
15. Students are digital natives - blogging is a natural element of this.
16. Gives students a chance to show responsibility and trustworthiness and engenders independence.
17. Prepares students for digital citizenship as they learn cyber safety and netiquette
18. Fosters peer to peer mentoring. Students are happy to share, learn from and teach their peers
(adapted from Anne Mirtschin a teacher at Hawkesdale P12 College, in country western Victoria, Australia)