Writing Techniques – Introduction to Student Blogging
Writing skills are very important to have for every student, as they develop critical thinking, ability to clarify thoughts and summarize main aspects of different research, ability to see all arguments and take into account opposite points of view. When a student writes an assignment, they explore a subject in depth and provide the information about its sense.
That’s why it’s quite important to develop students’ writing skills; and educators know and use many different methods and techniques to do that. Lately, one more technique has been added to the list of such methods – student blogging. The results of study that involved 17 university students who kept personal blogs showed that a practice of blogging had a positive impact on their writing fluency. Plus, creating blog entries increased students’ motivation and inspiration to write .
So, why should students blog?
- A student can use his blog as a portfolio afterward.
- A student can build his online reputation through blogging and sharing his writings on social media.
- A student can use his blog as a tool to keep interesting ideas there, make different announcements and organize his time. His blog may become his personal archive of learning.
- A blog can help a student understand the power of his voice, as his writings might influence his audience a lot.
- A blog can help a student develop his literacy.
What resources your students can use to blog and get writing experience
All educators understand that a student will write better when they have audience, not just a teacher who will give a grade for their writing work. With the Internet and social media boom, many young people manage personal blogs today, using free blogging platforms such as Blogspot or Tumblr for example. You can help your students improve their writing skills: advise them to try some of the following resources:
- The Guardian: this is a platform where students can create their blog posts and share their thoughts with fellows.
- Bid4Papers: this is an online service where students can practice and improve their academic writing skills, or use their writing experience to help other students reach their academic goals.
- Go Research: a platform that connects students to researchers, universities and some companies who look for candidates to do research job for them. This is a great place for students to find research job and use their research skills for blogging.
What are the benefits of student blogging?
- Blogging makes students more organized and responsible (they know that readers wait for new posts, it motivates and inspires them to write).
- Blogging makes students more literate (they take care with grammar, spelling and punctuation when they know they write for a bigger audience; they write more and try to mention more details in their blog posts).
- Blogging makes students more selective about topics and facts they mention in their posts. It makes them think about consequences their writing might have on other people; so, they become more careful about what they describe, how they describe and what words or sentences they use to tell about something in a blog.
- Blogging makes students skilled writers (they shape it to the needs of their audience, they pay selective attention to different aspects of their writing task, and they are committed to their writing).
- Blogging makes students conceive their writing in its complexity (they take into account both purpose and context, and they pay attention to issues of audience as well).
You’ll hardly find a student who would blog with a purpose to improve literacy or become a better writer of academic assignments. Many young people blog for fun, just sharing their thoughts and worries with friends online; and it is okay actually. Educators should give a student freedom to write his blog the way he finds interesting and most appropriate: all writing benefits of blogging can’t be seen, and big chances are students do not notice how their writing skills change and improve through blogging, but it’s a fact.
Thus, student blogging can be a very powerful technique to use for developing their critical thinking through improved writing skills.