The global nature of blogs allows for pupils to receive comments on their work from outside the school and home. Comments, like posts, can be moderated by staff before being published and this ‘real’ audience can really encourage pupils to write. You never know, you might start a discussion with an ambassador…
Within the classroom comments are a brilliant way to get pupils to peer assess eachother’s work. Staff can leave comments as they would in an exercise book with praise and recommendations for improvements, and pupils can do the same.
As tagged pupil posts are easily searched for, pupils can reference the chronology of their work online and see for themselves how they’ve improved.
Reflective practice, peer assessment and incentive to write all in one feature!