No matter how big the world is, the internet makes everything feel a little smaller. Digital learning and teaching is essential when it comes to teaching the young minds of today. Students who have grown up in an internet-driven, digital world are masters of crawling the web and using digital resources. As Virginia education standards evolve to include digital learning and teaching, it’s up to parents and educators to find a way to integrate blogs and other types of digital media into education.
Blogs in the Classroom
Using blogs in the classroom is a great way to get students involved and excited about learning. Blogs can teach and inform on a number of different topics and can open up eager minds to different worldviews and voices. No matter the discipline you teach, there is a way in which you can integrate blogs.
Not sure where to start? Ask your students and get them involved. Chances are, your young learners have lots of good ideas.
Learning Management Systems (LMS)
A good K12 LMS like Canvas Nation makes all the difference when it comes to integrating technology into teaching. Canvas Nation makes it easy to share digital learning tools with students in and out of the classroom. You can start reading a blog in class and easily send a direct link to the students so they can finish it at home. Save paper and time.
A K12 LMS makes it easy for digital media to be seamlessly integrated into the classroom. Students, parents, and teachers can all stay on the same page as an LMS system keeps everyone on the same page. See what other schools in Virginia are saying about Canvas Nation.
Who Should Use Blogs in the Classroom?
Many teachers in the k12 school system, from every grade level, have expressed at least an interest in using blogs for teaching purposes. A 6th grade teacher at an elementary school in Utah uses blogs to keep the parents of students in her class updated about everything the kids are doing.
The reason many teachers opt to use blogs in the first place varies widely because of the versatile nature of blog technology.
One teacher in Virginia decided to use a blog to post grades, just to see how parents/students would react. Since a blog can be tracked using anonymous analytics, the teacher could see how many unique views each grade posting received.
At a university in the United States professors have been using blogs for over a decade to do the following:
Interact with students
The list goes on.
The education of our rising generation is too important not to use all the available technology at our disposal. The young minds of today are already using technology, so why not join them and help guide their use?