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8th grade science teacher from Ohio

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Thank you for the post. I am relatively new at blogging myself but I already can see the advantages of participating in them, and I do think my students can benefit from an activity like this. I will make sure to pass the word on to other teachers in my school that are not aware. I think this is great for the students because they have an audience, and because they know that, they will try their best and pay attention to detail while posting.

University lecturer from Malaysia

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Hi. Thanks for posting this informative article and I am totally agree with your points. I have devoted my time and effort to designing, developing, and investigating the pedagogical as well as commercial potentials of blog, and its acceptance in different demographic contexts. My research on blogs is not only to bring awareness to, but also to cultivate the interest of blogging for both instructors and learners in order to maximize language teaching and learning capacities.

To sum up, based on my previous studies as shown in the links below, blogs are perceived to be more useful rather than easy-to-use for online journal writing among Malaysian undergraduates with and without hands-on experience. The same findings also appear in Malaysian university diploma students, who have been exposed to using blogs for journal writing and CV writing in different studies.

Related Links:
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/234113543_Writing_web_logs_in_t...

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/234113544_Bringing_blogs_into_E...

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/234113548_Developing_a_mobile_c...

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/234113530_Publishing_curriculum...

Besides, I have created a Facebook page entitled "Web-based Cognitive Writing Instruction" to promote the use of blog as the instructional platform in ELT. Welcome to my page at https://www.facebook.com/WebbasedCognitiveWritingInstruction

High school English teacher at Biotechnology High School in Freehold, NJ

Hi Kamisah, Thanks for your

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Hi Kamisah,
Thanks for your comment! I'm glad this has given you a push to get your kids blogging; they'll love it! It does force them to really look closely at any text, written or visual. My kids tend to do a lot of their text-based responses on YouTube videos and TV shows; I love seeing them analyze videos they are passionate about!

High school English teacher at Biotechnology High School in Freehold, NJ

Hi Deborah, Thanks for your

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Hi Deborah,
Thanks for your comment! You are so right that motivation increases when students write about their own interests. I try to give them some level of choice even when doing more formal assignments. I get much less resistance when every detail of the topic is not prescribed for them.

Thanks also for the link to your blog; I'll check it out!

High School Library Teacher in Massachusetts

Yes, writing is a huge part of literacy!

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Thank you for writing this post. I have been part of a literacy book group this year, studying Doug Buehl's, "Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines" and it has been eye-opening. One of the things that he discusses is how we read through a particular "lens" based on how we self-identify. What your assignment does is give the students permission to self-identify and then write about their interests. Not only that, but it validates their personal interests, which in turn, boosts their intrinsic motivation to learn. I am definitely passing this on to my colleagues.

Also, if anyone is interested, I have posted about some of these issues in my blog, Convergence In the Commons. I have a post about honoring student interests through inquiry, and here is one about reading lenses: http://convergenceinthecommons.com/2013/03/14/reading-lenses/ .

OCS Teacher

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Thank you for posting your blog. I have been contenplating about doing the same with my OCS students. I did subscribe to Teen Tribune and put all my students in but I have not intoduced them to it yet. I like it because they read articles of their choice and respond to it. Im able to go in and read it. From reading your blog I think this will be a good way to get my students into not only reading, but writing as well since both are challenges for my students.

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