Classroom blogs are growing in popularity, says Teacher Magazine (free registration required). Some kids who hate to write with pencil and paper love to blog.
Patrick Delaney, a school librarian and coordinator of the San Francisco-based Educational Bloggers Network, estimates that some 1,000 teachers from kindergarten through high school have established blogs, which he calls “digital paper,” for their classrooms. . . Advocates of in-class curricular blogging say its rising popularity speaks to its ability to let students help teach each other. “If students are writing for an audience other than their teacher, it brings them out and makes them more thoughtful,” (teacher) Zelkha (Sarvenaz) says. “Blogging raises the standard of the whole room.”
It’s nice to see teachers worry that blogging, because it’s so informal, doesn’t teach writing conventions. Perhaps writing conventions are coming back into fashion.