Blogs & Education – Best Practices

Benefits of educational blogging

While blogs are a tremendous opportunity for your students to learn in the 21st Century classroom, a teacher should not jump into the process without a few considerations.  First, take it slow and teach your students how to blog properly.  Don’t expect students to know how to do this just because they live in the digital world.  They may not have an understanding of how to complete an educational blog.  Show them an example and consider having students read a few other educational blogs, (Rhode, 2009).  You may want to teach guidelines in blogging by having students complete a blog about it, (Kline, 2013).  One should also teach very early in the process how students will interact with each other on the blog, (Rhode, 2009).  This applies to two different facets of blogging.  Students must understand how to treat each other’s comments and ideas with respect, just like in the classroom.  But the blog is also nothing without higher-level conversation between the students, not just many individual comments to a teacher-prompted question.

In order to keep this blog as safe as your classroom, carefully choose the blogging site.  Your best bet will be a site that allows the teacher to read comments before they are posted.  You may even consider choosing a site that requires student log-ins, in order to prevent unwanted outsiders to join the “classroom” conversation.  Be aware of any district and/or school policies in regards to online learning and implement any student blogging contracts, if necessary.  Parents can also be given access to assure them of student safety, but balance this carefully in order to prevent losing student authenticity.  If you as the teacher keep control over the situation and carefully teach the process to your students in the beginning, you will find success in a controlled chaos, just like the classroom.

A few other articles about best practices in classroom blogging –

Blogger Beware: Teaching with Blogs Best Practices:

Best Practices in Educational Blogging –

And a list of the top 25 educational blogs:


The 21st Century Classroom – Technique 1 Blogging

The 21st Century classroom is more than simply addressing what education is today.  It is attempting to make education what it should be in 2015, rather than continuing the learning practices that we know from the 20th Century.  It is literally pointing out, “Hey, it’s not 1998 anymore!”  As educators, we owe our students the opportunity to learn in the true 21st Century.

The Connected Classroom’s article ( also points out that 21st Century learning is “much more than just having good technology skills. It is learning core subjects with application of these learning skills and communication tools.”  This type of learning is student-centered, which is what we have always wanted as teachers, but have always struggled with truly implementing.  A great tool for creating this student-based, collaborative learning is blogging.  The reason blogs have been so popular over the years has been their relative ease in giving anyone a platform to speak their ideas and allow others to join the conversation.  This opportunity is just as relevant in the classroom where we want all of our students to speak their mind and have deep conversations.  With a blog, teachers can put the conversation completely in the students’ hands and allow all of the wait-time needed for students to construct and deliver their opinion.  As teachers, we can simply watch and “listen” to the direction the students take the conversation about the content that they forgot we asked them to learn.

A few other articles about 21st Century classrooms —

21st Century Classroom:

Technology, Instruction, and the 21st Century Classroom:

Top 10 Characteristics of a 21st Century Classroom:

The Four C’s: Making 21st Century Learning Happen:

10 More Ways to Use Blogs in Your Classroom

As a teacher

  1. Communicate with families and students at home through the use of your blog as a classroom news or reminder message.
  2. Conduct higher-level discussions in a safe format, encouraging some of your shy students to finally say what they are thinking.
  3. Post progress-monitoring, anonymous surveys on your blog to review your lesson.
  4. Displays best products from your class as a guide for other students and to celebrate successes.

As a student

  1. Ask your teacher questions and retrieve needed information from class.
  2. Work with your group on collaborative projects through the discussion format of the blog.

As a parent and/or committee

  1. Keep up with important classroom news and reminders.
  2. Hold collaborative discussions on important upcoming events and displays their announcements.

As an administrator

  1. Post helpful tips to guide students and parents toward academic success.
  2. Give families the chance to ask questions about important opportunities, such as scholarships and athletics.

Here are a few links that go even further into the use of blogs in the classroom.

33 Ways to Use Blogs in Your Classroom and in the Educational Setting:

Why Educators Should Use Blogs:

Blogging in the 21st Century Classroom:

Not convinced?  Here’s a video with high school students explaining their preference for blogs in the classroom: