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Week Three: 14.03

The reading for this week discussed the concept of blogging within a Primary school classroom. Once again, like last weeks reading, my mind has been further opened to accepting the usefulness of technology within the classroom!! I think this is definitely a positive thing, and cannot wait to see what I will be more accepting towards in the coming classes!! 

The reading, by McGrail & Davis (2011), highlighted the importance of blogging, and the presenters of this weeks Literature Circles highlighted that really well! Congratulations, girls! You showed the rest of the class why we need to implement blogging and gave excellent examples, thank you!! The challenges of blogging were highlighted, being that of the attitudes of the teacher/school, internet safety and students confidence, but were supplemented with resolutions, making the thought of blogging appealing. I think my biggest challenge with blogging would be my attitude towards blogging. I never blogged during primary school, and although I am on Facebook, I don’t use it as a form of blogging like many others do. By reading this article, my attitude to blogging has shifted slightly and I am more willing to try it. Creating this blog was a good step (I believe) to overcoming my ‘fear’ and dislike of blogging, and I think it is working! The article also discussed how blogging could assist students in learning. It created a safe community where the students could freely discuss issues that related to them and were able to be more preceptive to their audience (McGrail & Davis, 2011, p. 426). Our class agreed with this, as the students stopped writing for themselves and began to write to their audience and their needs, allowing for them to be more mature writers. Blogging gives students a stronger writers voice, which McGrail & Davis support by stating that the voices of participants were powerful. This idea is also supported by a blog regarding “Literacy Resources” (http://literacyresourcesandideas.edublogs.org/20-days-to-better-blogging-with-children/). This blog stated that the main reason to involve children in blogging is that it develops their writers voice. It also helps them to reflect on their work, their decisions and thoughts, which McGrail & Davis also supports. 

I believe that students are able to learn important grammar, spelling, punctuation and ways of expressing ideas through their peers more than that of their teachers. This statement comes from personal experience, and I believe that through blogging, students are able to ‘catch on’ to what their peers are writing about and how they’re expressing their ideas and are able to imitate these ways of writing, improving the literacy skills of the students. A participant in McGrail & Davis’ article was corrected by a peer on his spelling of guitar. The two students were able to make the focus of the comments about the interesting factors about the guitar, rather than the spelling, but the writer was now aware and may have more desire to correct himself as the assistance came from a peer! 

The views on blogging within our class was basically equal. From the comments mentioned, it sounded like most people agreed with blogging being of great assistance in the classroom for developing writing skills, confidence and a greater understanding of others as well as literacy skills. I am now ‘pro-blogging’!!! 

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