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Blogging is a really useful way of engaging children in their own learning. Teachers hace particularly found it motivating for boys that have otherwise found it difficult to engage with subjects such as MFL. It encourages teamwork and effective communication with peers. For teachers, it's really useful as you can access the children's work from any computer and don't have to 'lug' books home all the time.

The primary teacher Tom Barrett has created a fantastic blog, including many different resources and sites useful to use in school. Additionally, another teacher, known as 'Primary Pete' has created another great blog with many resources.

Blogger, Blog spot and Edu blog are three different blog creating sites that are used in schools.


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What's a blog?
A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world.
Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules.
In simple terms, a blog is a website, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what's new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not.
Since Blogger was launched in 1999, blogs have reshaped the web, impacted politics, shaken up journalism, and enabled millions of people to have a voice and connect with others. (Information accessed from Blogger)

Why blog in schools?

Blogs strike the perfect balance of providing information anytime and anywhere, social networking edublogs_logo.JPGand interaction, and the ability to openly share thoughts and achievements. One popular way to use an Edublog is to make regular updates about assignments, events, and anything going on in class. Blogs like these keep students and parents informed and extend the classroom to any place with access to the web. Students love to blog too, and doing so can engage students in their learning and extend collaboration with classmates and even people all over the world! Edublogs are great for group projects, ePortfolios, school newspapers, reflection journals, class websites, and much more! (Information accessed from Edublogs)