Harnessing the Power of Blogging with Young Students

Authors

  • Rebecca Lee Payne Jordan University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/wap.v6i3.697

Keywords:

blogging, digital literacy, first grade, writing engagement, writing workshop, motivation for writing

Abstract

The importance of digital literacy becomes increasingly apparent as we move farther into the 21st century. As the digital world becomes an increasing part of our everyday lives and an important aspect of many professions, the need to instruct students on how to publish their thoughts digitally is ever more apparent. As technological proficiency becomes increasingly expected in many employment settings, it is vital that students are able to make their thoughts clear electronically. Blogging in a safe environment is one way that educators may blend young students’ writing skill, their awareness of the purposes for writing, and digital-age technology. This article describes the work of one primary grade teacher at an urban high-needs school’s use of blogging in conjunction with writing workshop. Use of blogging to publish students’ writing increased students’ writing engagement, improved their knowledge of how to navigate and use computers, and increased their understanding of the potential benefits and dangers of writing digitally.

Author Biography

Rebecca Lee Payne Jordan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Rebecca Lee Payne Jordan is a Doctoral candidate at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying Early Childhood, Special Education, and Literacy. She earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her B.A. from the University of Richmond. Teaching, from young students to preservice and inservice teachers, has always been a passion of hers, and she has received several teaching awards and fellowships, including the 2007 Meritorious New Teacher Award from the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Future Faculty Fellowship, and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.

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Published

2014-12-05

How to Cite

Jordan, R. L. P. (2014). Harnessing the Power of Blogging with Young Students. Writing & Pedagogy, 6(3), 697-703. https://doi.org/10.1558/wap.v6i3.697

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