I hope to use blogs in my classroom as a place for students to showcase their writing and respond to each other. This year, I will be teaching fifth grade writing and library. I would like the students to post their work and have other students respond to help build it and make it better. Many times, students do not know how to peer-edit because they don't know what questions to ask.
I do not think that the students will be sharing their work with the larger community. I worry that inviting the community in will not keep them safe on the internet. By keeping it as just their classmates, they will be able to benefit from collaborative writing without worrying about outside safety. My students are too young to know how to appropriately communicate with people outside of the building. Their blogging experience would be a stepping stone to allow them to communicate with others on future assignments.
Blogging allows the students to learn how to use the internet for more than just chatting and texting. Many fifth graders have learned how to use it for their personal use. In older grades and in their careers, they will need to know how to respond to someone professionally. The students will need to learn proper etiquette for their writing.
Posting their writing assignments on a blog also allows students to feel that their work is important. They often have to write persuasive essays. A blog would allow others to question their arguments and have a continuing discussion to improve their ideas. It will show a record of their writing from one assignment to the next. Students will be able to see their progress over the course of a school-year.