Periodically I receive comments from teachers who are using Class Blogmeister. Usually it is to report a bug in the program, a lost password, or some misunderstanding about the blogging engine’s operations.
Occasionally, teachers share with me how blogging has impacted their students’ learning. Here are some excerpts from one such e-mail message from a teacher with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade bloggers.
- Without a doubt the children that find their voices first and carry the most enthusiasm for blogging are my special needs children.
- Students who would agonize over a sentence are writing prolifically about their lives.
- This has created a stronger connection with families as they respond to their child’s blog.
- Another positive is that the improvements in writing are steadily making their way back to paper and pencil!
This observation is consistent with some informal data that I am collecting from Class Blogmeister teachers, that the lower than average performing students seem to be impacted more dramatically by classroom blogging, and that this distinction seems to increase in the secondary grade levels!
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