Using Weblogs in Education Created by: Christopher Tisdale
What is a Weblog?
According to Wikipedia, a weblog “is a website, unusually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events or other material such as graphics or video” (“Blogs,” 2008)
Richardson (2006) defines a weblog as being a website that is easy to create and update, and publish to the Internet (p.17)
Types of Weblogs
A person can create a weblog on any issue of choice.
Most common types of weblogs are:
Educational (English Literature 101)
Device (Cell phone)
Using a blog with minors in education:
Need the parent or legal guardian consent before students can blog.
Inform district and principal about your blog, providing them with written documentation of your purpose.
Avoid using pictures or personal information (social security number, address, telephone number, and etc.)
Pro and Cons of using Weblogs International tool for learning Strengthens writing skills Instructional tools for the instructor Students can use a blog site to submit assignments and homework Encourages dangerous or illegal acts Allows students to interact with their peers Encourages poor writing habits (grammar, spelling, and e-mail style abbreviations) Strengthens the students’ reading skills Blogs can be age inappropriate Students are motivated to do their best work Exposure to inappropriate posting (pornography, hateful speech, and violence) Excellent method of communication Negative Aspects of Blogging Positive Aspects of Blogging
How Educators are Incorporating Weblogs into the Classroom
According to S. Lujan-Mora (2006), a college professor who conducted a survey of blog use in education, “blogs are being used to share knowledge, to provide instruction to students,” to publish links related to class, and to check the status of students (p. 255). The students that use blogs on college campuses state that blogs are used to complete group assignments, “share course course related resources, and to submit assignments and homework” (Lujan-Mora, 2006, p. 255).
Middle school teacher Helen Turnbull finds that “weblogs allow her to differentiate instruction,” so that she can “deliver the help that one student needs” without making such differentiation apparent to the whole class (Intel Innovator, 2006, para. 4). Pam Pritchard states that weblogs are like a “blackboard” that can be accessed from anywhere at any time (Intel Innovator, 2006, para. 5). She goes on to say that students who struggle with reading strive harder to become better readers since they know their audio posts will be online for other students to hear (Intel Innovator, 2006, para. 5).
Ways of Incorporating Blogs into the Classroom Use to discuss different exercises and diet plans. Physical Education Show video on atoms and have students write a response online. Science Use as an instructional tool for students Math Discuss the Great Depression. History Reflect on a piece of literature ( Raisin in the Sun) English
Different Types of Software used to Create Weblogs
All programs are free of charge:
WordPress (I have used this free application, and I find it to be very user friendly.)
I hope this presentation informs one about weblogs. For educators, this is a great way to gain the attention and interest of your students. From researching and analyzing, the positive aspects of weblogs outweigh the negative aspects so incorporating this technology into the classroom will bring “education to life.”
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