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    Using Weblogs In Education Using Weblogs In Education Presentation Transcript

    • 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:
        • Personal (Marriage)
        • Corporate (Business)
        • Educational (English Literature 101)
        • Media (Photo)
        • Device (Cell phone)
    • Blog Safety
      • 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:
        • Blogger
        • edublogs
        • Moveable Type
        • WordPress (I have used this free application, and I find it to be very user friendly.)
    • Conclusion
      • 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.”
    • References
      • Bella, M. (2005). Weblogs in education. In B. Hoffman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational Technology . Retrieved April 14, 2008, from
      • http://coe.sdsu.edu/eet/articles/blogsined/start.htm
      • Blogs . (n.d.). Retrieved Apr. 17, 2008, from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weblogs .
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      • Intel Innovator. How educators are using weblogs. Retrieved April 14, 2008 from http://www.intel.com/education/projects/news/vol_05/elementary2.htm
      • Lackner, M. (2005). Instructional uses of weblogs. Weblogs in Education . Retrieved April 14, 2008 from http://mustangblog.typepad.com/educationalweblogs/2005/02/instructional_u.html
      • Lujan-Mora, S. (2006). A survey of use of weblogs in education. Current Developments in Technology-Assisted Education. Retrieved April 14, 2008, from http://www.formatex.org/micte2006/pdf/255-259.pdf
      • Richardson. W. (2006). Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and other Poweful Web Tools for Classrooms . Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Press.