Under the onslaught of newer, fleet-footed social media, blogging seems a little passé. But, with it’s longer-form content it can be a really effective gateway to the gathering, and creation, of a wide range of thoughts, ideas and debates.
Reading a wide range of blogs can give pupils access to new thinking, often from their peers or near-peers, delivered in accessible, bite-size ways. Once you’ve started reading a variety of blogging sites, the next step is to start writing them – learning 21st century literacy as you do so – not just writing clearly and well, but also adding different content forms (video, photos, audio etc) with basic coding skills. Precisely the sort of skills a pupil will need in the digital economy.
So if you’re wondering where to start, and how to justify the process to colleagues, then this guide from Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a good place to start: