The instant publishing on weblogs makes students more able and willing to read, write, and discuss about the world around them. They know they have a real audience to write to, and they may even have a collaborative environment where they can give and receive feedback (Kennedy, 2003). Therefore, students are compelled to do their best work.
Teachers who have used web logs in their classrooms say that students put more thought and effort into their blog writing, knowing that parents and others may read their work on the Web. They want to make sure that not only their teacher, but others who read it, will think it is good enough (Selingo, 2004).
Students can strengthen their reading skills and strategies by exploring other’s weblogs and hyperlinks (Oravec, 2002). They will have to carefully read through these linked websites to decide which information is relevant and important to them. Not only that, but the students can build on their knowledge base by reading the content on the different linked websites.
Weblogs also allow students to interact with their peers more quickly than a regular journal. Students who tend to be more quiet in class usually come alive online.
Some teachers report that weblogs seemed to be used the most during the school day. Not that many entries are posted after school or during the summer. This has led some to question whether the technology has actually done anything to interest students in writing.
Some teachers also worry that the casual nature of writing on the web may encourage students to use incorrect writing conventions in other forms of writing. This could include email style abbreviations, bad grammar, and poor spelling (Selingo, 2004).
However, it depends on how the teacher uses the weblog in the classroom. Some require that the entry be written on paper first, edited, and then posted onto the weblog. Others think of weblogs as a different form of writing in which the teacher should be concerned with content, not grammar.
There are also concerns around students and their work being too public when published on the Internet. The teacher may need to receive parental permission before posting the student work online.