The Benefits of Blogging in Education – WordPress Review
One of my favorite activities is writing and journaling. With blogs, I have found my perfect channel to manage my writing and journaling desire. In this post we will discuss more the benefits of blogging in education and we will do a review of WordPress which is my go-to tool when it comes to blogging.
What is a Blog?
A ‘blog’ is a website where entries are written in a journal-format. That is, entries are submitted and displayed in chronological order.
Essentially, a blog is an online diary. It is used to record personal accounts, just as a written diary is used. However, a blog can also be used for the reporting of news and fact-based stories.
The term ‘blog’ is a combination of two words:
Web + Log = Weblog -> Blog
The term ‘Weblog’ was then condensed to the term ‘blog’, which is widely used today.
The term ‘blog’ can be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog, or as a noun, as in the website containing the written content itself. The term Blogging has become more popular.
Between news, media, personal logs, current events, popular culture, opinions, product reviews, research, etc., blogging brings about openness and a new free forum for people to voice their opinions.
Blogging in Education
Using blogs in education have so many applications. In a classroom, for example, the educator can create a blog for the class to share topics and let students contribute in the discussions. The blog can also be the place where educators and students post photographs, videos and articles related to their projects.
Educators can also let parents participate in the blogging experience and see what their children are creating in the classroom.
Blogs also allow students to reflect, form and express opinions, collaborate to create content, participate in a community of practice and build a portfolio of evidence or a place to collect digital artifacts and work.
Blogs are useful tools for information sharing, reflection, collaboration and class management.
Applications of Blogs in Education
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Tools to Blog
There are many tools to blog: Canva, Blogger, WordPress, Wix.
I highly recommend WordPress because it is really easy to use. It is the tool I use for this site and it powers something like 33% of the entire internet.
Edublogs is a tool created by WordPress tailored specifically for teachers, educators and students. It has some features for classroom and student management. https://edublogs.org/
WordPress is a very easy to use platform to create blogs and websites. You can install it locally in your computer or you can use it as a cloud-based tool so you don’t need to install anything and it has so many themes to personalize the look and feel of your site.
You can use it in your phone with their mobile app and it has a reader where you can get all the posts from the blogs you follow that are also built in WordPress. I use the reader a lot to stay up to date with my field and I see what other instructional designers are writing about.
- You can create blogs for free.
- Lots of beautiful and responsive themes to customize your site.
- Many widgets and plugins to add more features to your site such as social media channels.
- A big community and lots of tutorials.
- If you want to include plugins you need to host your blog on a hosting service platform. WordPress offers hosting services too or you can use external hosting services such as Liquid Web.
- To get advanced features for some themes you might need to buy the theme. But in general, the free themes are really good.
Who is WordPress For?
WordPress is for everybody, educators, business, students, professionals, writers and just everybody. You just need access to Internet, a computer or mobile device and your free WordPress account.
There are no excuses! It is really easy to create your blog for education, business or simply to start your digital journal.
WordPress Tools, Training & Support
WordPress has a support website where you can find information about how to get started, how to install your site files locally, basic administration, maintenance, security settings and how to customize your site.
There is a free course in Udemy for beginners that is worth checking if you don’t feel 100% comfortable.
There are also plenty of forums in the Internet about specific customization. Simply type your question in Google and you will get lots of articles related to your situation.
There are different plans:
- Free for life. This is the way to go if you are just getting started.
- Personal. USD 4 per month. 6GB storage space. Limited free themes.
- Premium. USD 8 per month. This plan is ideal for freelancers. 13GB storage space. Unlimited themes.
- Business. USD 25 per month. Unlimited storage space, SEO tools, upload plugins and many other functions to fully customize your site.
My Final Opinion of WordPress
WordPress is a free and open-source content management system. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system (themes). It is most associated with blogging but supports other types of web content including more traditional mailing lists and forums, media galleries and online stores.
- Name: WordPress.
- Price: from USD 0 to USD 25 per month (billed annually).
- Rank: 90 out of 100.
I really like WordPress and I’m going to continue using it for my sites. I currently have 3 blogs, I must confess that I don’t write in all of them with the frequency I would like.
This site is actually my favorite 😀 where I share what I read, my findings, opinions, tutorials, tools and research I do in the education space and more in the eLearning world.
As you can see, I use blogs for my professional development, as a journaling tool for personal experiences and to express how much I love my dog.
The only reason I give WordPress a score of 90 out of 100, is because the option to install plugins and to customize your site, you will need to go for the options that require payment or host your site using an external hosting provider.
If your idea is to create an online business from scratch with a blog and you don’t know where to start then I highly recommend you do the training and create your account with Wealthy Affiliate where you can host your WordPress blogs while you learn and build your online business.
I hope you are getting inspired and motivated to get started with your own blog. I’m sure you have so much to share with the world 😀
Feel free to leave your comments below.
See you next time.