11 advantages 
of using a blog 
for teaching
Advantage # 1 
Using a blog makes education 
focused on demand
Question 
Why has the way of teaching through technology 
grown dramatically? 
Answer by Anne Mirtschin, teacher 
It just ...
I enjoyed the connection to modern media. 
Students are used to this technology 
and are excited when they incorporate 
so...
Blogging allows each student to share 
his or her own love of learning. 
http://www.teachthought.com/technology/10-reasons...
Curiosity 
http://www.imagebase.net/People/p4241790
Advantage # 2 
Using a blog helps students 
learn anytime and anywhere
Online tools allow students to engage with 
other students and instructors instantly. 
This gives students the chance to d...
I was able to work on it anytime throughout 
the week. It was different than other activities 
I have done in the past, wh...
Students said that the use of blogs helped 
them check and revise their work on a 
regular basis which increased the quali...
http://www.imagebase.net/People/p4241788 
Learn 
anywhere
Model # 1 
The teaching factory 
Model # 2 
The learning environment 
There are fixed places of 
education, for example le...
Further inspiration 
http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/break-the-rules-in-education
Advantage # 3 
Using a blog encourages 
learners to work / learn 
continuously
Method A 
Reproduce knowledge at exams at 
the end of the year. 
Working 
intensity 
Time 
Method B 
Work continuously, fo...
Challenges 
Skills 
Adapted from 
http://lateralaction.com/articles/mihaly-csikszentmihalyi/ 
Kouzes, James N. & Posner, B...
Frustration 
Low self 
confidence 
Fatigue 
Unsatisfaction 
Effective 
problem solving 
Creative 
problem solving 
High se...
Further inspiration 
http://issuu.com/frankcalberg/docs/educatorroles 
http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/good-leaders...
Advantage # 4 
Blogging helps people 
reflect and think critically
Several studies conducted in higher education 
have reported that blogs contribute to the 
development of critical thinkin...
The blogging experience forces students 
to do more reflection on their learning. 
http://theedublogger.com/2013/08/08/the...
The most interesting and significant use 
of blogs in education may be to use it to 
promote reflective learning. 
http://...
Further inspiration 
http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/questions-to-discover-your-values
Advantage # 5 
Blogging helps improve 
communication competencies
A blog provides students with an opportunity 
to employ language and writing principles 
that demonstrate analytical thoug...
It’s very useful to have feedback from 
fellow classmates along with feedback 
from the teachers. 
Geometry course partici...
Further inspiration 
http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/feedback-tips
Advantage # 6 
Blogging helps develop 
initiative and creativity
A blog is a portal for creativity 
and personal initiative. 
http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/university_of_venus/blogs...
As it is easy to incorporate images, videos, 
audio and other creative items into the 
written word, students will also tr...
Further inspiration 
http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/free-writing-25596835
Advantage # 7 
Blogging helps people 
learn to work with people
The mission of blogging is to empower all 
of us to go directly to each other 
with our expertise. 
http://timkastelle.org...
Helping 
each other 
Lecturing 
Supply focus. 
Focus on curriculum. 
Demand focus. 
Focus on ideas / thoughts 
that people...
Blog Shared document 
Collaborative 
For example, people can 
communicate ideas / inputs / 
questions / tips to each other...
In cultures characterized by high power 
distance, and/or high uncertainty avoidance, 
some people tend to keep their know...
Further inspiration 
http://www.scribd.com/doc/32211076/Power-Distance 
https://www.scribd.com/doc/35046140/How-do-people-...
Advantage # 8 
Blogging makes learning 
more informal
Discuss topics Chat with people 
Informal 
education 
Search for information 
on the internet 
Prepare, watch, 
listen to ...
Further inspiration 
http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/dialogue-vs-discussion 
http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg...
Advantage # 9 
Blogging opens up learning 
– in more ways
In the past, the children 
might have written their work 
in their exercise books and 
put them away, never to be 
seen ag...
Students are no longer confined to their class 
groupings or teachers within a classroom. 
http://murcha.wordpress.com/201...
By allowing our students to openly reflect, we 
do not only see what they learn, but they can 
learn from each other as we...
Further inspiration 
http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/learning-strategies-11478939
Advantage # 10 
Blogging encourages 
students to experiment 
with different media
With the blogging activity, I became 
more technology savvy. 
Geometry course participant 
http://www.academia.edu/4116911...
Blogging assists students to become more 
ICT literate which is a crucial 21st century 
skill. For example, blogging allow...
Other social media
Further inspiration 
http://blog.mrmeyer.com/ 
https://twitter.com/alfiekohn 
https://twitter.com/SirKenRobinson 
https://...
Advantage # 11 
Blogging makes learning / 
working / living come 
together
Blogging provides an authentic educational 
experience, where what they write is not only 
seen and commented on by their ...
Examples of blog participants 
on student blog
In the 10 years I’ve been teaching, there’s been a 
big decrease in the number of parents who are 
available to be at scho...
Family culture A 
or company culture A 
Family culture B 
or company culture B 
Education is a natural 
part of work / lif...
Thank you for your interest. For further inspiration 
and personalized services, please feel welcome to 
visit http://fran...
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  1. 1. 11 advantages of using a blog for teaching
  2. 2. Advantage # 1 Using a blog makes education focused on demand
  3. 3. Question Why has the way of teaching through technology grown dramatically? Answer by Anne Mirtschin, teacher It just makes sense. Our students use technology constantly. http://murcha.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/the-phenomenon-that-is-blogging/
  4. 4. I enjoyed the connection to modern media. Students are used to this technology and are excited when they incorporate something they are familiar and skilled with to something they are learning. Geometry course participant http://www.academia.edu/4116911/Advantages_and_Disadvantages_of_Using_a_Blogging_Activity_in_a_College_Euclidean_Geometry_Course
  5. 5. Blogging allows each student to share his or her own love of learning. http://www.teachthought.com/technology/10-reasons-why-i-want-my-students-to-blog/
  6. 6. Curiosity http://www.imagebase.net/People/p4241790
  7. 7. Advantage # 2 Using a blog helps students learn anytime and anywhere
  8. 8. Online tools allow students to engage with other students and instructors instantly. This gives students the chance to discuss questions as they arise. http://blog.orgsync.com/2013/benefits-online-education/
  9. 9. I was able to work on it anytime throughout the week. It was different than other activities I have done in the past, which was cool. It is a more modern way to engage students. Geometry course participant http://www.academia.edu/4116911/Advantages_and_Disadvantages_of_Using_a_Blogging_Activity_in_a_College_Euclidean_Geometry_Course
  10. 10. Students said that the use of blogs helped them check and revise their work on a regular basis which increased the quality and quantity of their work. http://www.herdsa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/conference/2013/HERDSA_2013_ALI.pdf
  11. 11. http://www.imagebase.net/People/p4241788 Learn anywhere
  12. 12. Model # 1 The teaching factory Model # 2 The learning environment There are fixed places of education, for example lecture halls and classrooms. There are fixed times of education, for example 45 minute time slots. Learning takes place anytime and in a variety of different work and living environments. Adapted from Lars Kolind: The Second Cycle, p. 155-156.
  13. 13. Further inspiration http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/break-the-rules-in-education
  14. 14. Advantage # 3 Using a blog encourages learners to work / learn continuously
  15. 15. Method A Reproduce knowledge at exams at the end of the year. Working intensity Time Method B Work continuously, for example by using social media and other tools.
  16. 16. Challenges Skills Adapted from http://lateralaction.com/articles/mihaly-csikszentmihalyi/ Kouzes, James N. & Posner, Barry Z.: ”The Leadership Challenge”, location 3547.
  17. 17. Frustration Low self confidence Fatigue Unsatisfaction Effective problem solving Creative problem solving High self confidence Satisfaction Exhaustion Irrational problem solving Low self confidence Illness Performance Adapted from Jonathan Freedman and Donald Edwards. Levine, Robert: A Geography of Time, location 3432. Time pressure
  18. 18. Further inspiration http://issuu.com/frankcalberg/docs/educatorroles http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/good-leadership http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/tips-to-increase-motivation
  19. 19. Advantage # 4 Blogging helps people reflect and think critically
  20. 20. Several studies conducted in higher education have reported that blogs contribute to the development of critical thinking skills. http://www.cedtech.net/articles/43/432.pdf
  21. 21. The blogging experience forces students to do more reflection on their learning. http://theedublogger.com/2013/08/08/the-state-of-educational-blogging-2013/
  22. 22. The most interesting and significant use of blogs in education may be to use it to promote reflective learning. http://www.herdsa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/conference/2013/HERDSA_2013_ALI.pdf
  23. 23. Further inspiration http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/questions-to-discover-your-values
  24. 24. Advantage # 5 Blogging helps improve communication competencies
  25. 25. A blog provides students with an opportunity to employ language and writing principles that demonstrate analytical thought and comprehension. http://smallbusiness.chron.com/educational-benefits-blogging-27588.html
  26. 26. It’s very useful to have feedback from fellow classmates along with feedback from the teachers. Geometry course participant http://www.academia.edu/4116911/Advantages_and_Disadvantages_of_Using_a_Blogging_Activity_in_a_College_Euclidean_Geometry_Course
  27. 27. Further inspiration http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/feedback-tips
  28. 28. Advantage # 6 Blogging helps develop initiative and creativity
  29. 29. A blog is a portal for creativity and personal initiative. http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/university_of_venus/blogs_in_higher_education_some_ideas_about_their_benefits_and_downsides
  30. 30. As it is easy to incorporate images, videos, audio and other creative items into the written word, students will also train creative thinking through blogging. http://supportblogging.com/educationalblogging/
  31. 31. Further inspiration http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/free-writing-25596835
  32. 32. Advantage # 7 Blogging helps people learn to work with people
  33. 33. The mission of blogging is to empower all of us to go directly to each other with our expertise. http://timkastelle.org/blog/2014/03/you-should-start-a-blog-right-now/ http://scripting.com/2014/03/01/whyBlog.html
  34. 34. Helping each other Lecturing Supply focus. Focus on curriculum. Demand focus. Focus on ideas / thoughts that people have.
  35. 35. Blog Shared document Collaborative For example, people can communicate ideas / inputs / questions / tips to each other. Very collaborative People create together. They can add to and edit content written by each other.
  36. 36. In cultures characterized by high power distance, and/or high uncertainty avoidance, some people tend to keep their knowledge to themselves.
  37. 37. Further inspiration http://www.scribd.com/doc/32211076/Power-Distance https://www.scribd.com/doc/35046140/How-do-people-handle-the-unknown http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/social-competence
  38. 38. Advantage # 8 Blogging makes learning more informal
  39. 39. Discuss topics Chat with people Informal education Search for information on the internet Prepare, watch, listen to presentations Formal education Unexpected education Deliberate education
  40. 40. Further inspiration http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/dialogue-vs-discussion http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/speaking-tips-15818774 http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/listening-tips
  41. 41. Advantage # 9 Blogging opens up learning – in more ways
  42. 42. In the past, the children might have written their work in their exercise books and put them away, never to be seen again. But with blogging they can have an authentic audience – sometimes in other countries – who read what they’ve written and comment on it, and that is really motivating for some students. Kathleen Morris http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/global-village-of-students-teachers-and-families-20130419-2i56i.html
  43. 43. Students are no longer confined to their class groupings or teachers within a classroom. http://murcha.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/the-phenomenon-that-is-blogging/
  44. 44. By allowing our students to openly reflect, we do not only see what they learn, but they can learn from each other as well. http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/3721
  45. 45. Further inspiration http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/learning-strategies-11478939
  46. 46. Advantage # 10 Blogging encourages students to experiment with different media
  47. 47. With the blogging activity, I became more technology savvy. Geometry course participant http://www.academia.edu/4116911/Advantages_and_Disadvantages_of_Using_a_Blogging_Activity_in_a_College_Euclidean_Geometry_Course
  48. 48. Blogging assists students to become more ICT literate which is a crucial 21st century skill. For example, blogging allows students to blend text, image, sound, and video to communicate a message. http://www.teachthought.com/technology/10-reasons-why-i-want-my-students-to-blog/ http://primarytech.global2.vic.edu.au/2013/03/08/the-benefits-of-educational-blogging/
  49. 49. Other social media
  50. 50. Further inspiration http://blog.mrmeyer.com/ https://twitter.com/alfiekohn https://twitter.com/SirKenRobinson https://twitter.com/pasi_sahlberg
  51. 51. Advantage # 11 Blogging makes learning / working / living come together
  52. 52. Blogging provides an authentic educational experience, where what they write is not only seen and commented on by their teacher, but by their peers and the “public.” For most students, it’s a bit of extra motivation knowing their peers will see their work. http://theedublogger.com/2013/08/08/the-state-of-educational-blogging-2013/
  53. 53. Examples of blog participants on student blog
  54. 54. In the 10 years I’ve been teaching, there’s been a big decrease in the number of parents who are available to be at school, with most working full-time. So the blog helps them keep up to date with what we’ve been doing – and even allows them to be involved. Kathleen Morris http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/global-village-of-students-teachers-and-families-20130419-2i56i.html
  55. 55. Family culture A or company culture A Family culture B or company culture B Education is a natural part of work / life. Education is isolated from work / life.
  56. 56. Thank you for your interest. For further inspiration and personalized services, please feel welcome to visit http://frankcalberg.com/ Have a great day.
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