Best Practice

Blogs in the classroom to boost literacy

Using blogs in the classroom can have a positive impact on pupils’ engagement and success in writing and literacy. Sarah Horrocks and Myra Barrs offer some tips to get you started.

Enthusiasm for blogging is growing and more and more school blogs are being set up all the time. These blogs differ enormously in their scope and sophistication: some are essentially school newsletters but some also contain class blogs. 

Of these class blogs, many are mainly written by the class teacher – describing activities, setting assignments, discussing topics, or responding to students’ work online. In a recent research study for CfBT Education Trust – entitled Educational Blogs and Their Effects on Pupils’ Writing – we set out to explore the specific opportunities which blogs offer as ways to encourage children’s writing and as a learning medium for a class. 

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