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This is a blog I made for an online education course, discussing the positive and negative aspects of including blogging in the school curriculum.

This is a blog I made for an online education course, discussing the positive and negative aspects of including blogging in the school curriculum.

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  • 1. Blogging in Education By: Brittany Coffey
  • 2. Table of Contents
    • Effects of blogging in literacy
    • Positive and Negative Effects of blogs
    • How to effectively use blogs in the classroom
    • Works Cited Page
  • 3. Effects of Blogging in Literacy click here to view article
    • The Australasian Journal of Educational Technology presented its research on the impact of blogging in Hong Kong. They researched the effects of blogging on student’s bilingual reading literacy.
    • They conducted a study among students in Hong Kong to see whether or not blogging had a positive effect on the students literacy skills in English as well as Chinese.
    • Blogging is steadily increasing in Hong Kong; many students are using blogs.
    • The test that was administered was an experiment among fourth graders.
    • Many of the students reported using blogs and looking at other Chinese blogs, while many students also said they looked at English blogs on a regular basis.
  • 4.
    • The study generated much positive information regarding blogging and its effects on literacy.
    • The students who used blogs received higher scores both in Chinese and English.
    • Not only did the blog help the children advance in their bilingual knowledge, it also allowed children to gain confidence in themselves and their thoughts.
    • The research did note that students who were not as proficient in English were more apprehensive about reading and responding to English blogs. Although some students were apprehensive, the researchers were confident that as blogging becomes even more popular, students will be more likely to put the effort into reading these blogs.
    • Researchers also believe that blogging causes the students to be critical and analyze things. Reading the thoughts and opinions of someone else will likely cause a student to realize their own standpoint on many issues.
  • 5.
    • This article provided much insight to me. I had never thought about blogging and its effect on children learning to be bilingual.
    • This article caused me to think about how this would effect children in America, as well as children in Hong Kong. If blogging helps teach children in Hong Kong Chinese as well as English, children in America would also greatly benefit from blogging.
    • Allowing children to blog about things they learn about in the classroom would allow children to not only apply their knowledge about a subject in real life, but it would also allow them to practice their English and grammar.
    • Another thing this made me think of is that children could use blogging as a way of having pen pals. If students could follow blogs of other students in different states or even countries, it could teach them a great deal about other cultures.
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  • 6. Positive and Negative Aspects of Blogging in the Classroom
    • Jamie McKenzie writes about the advantages and disadvantages of blogging in the article “One Liners Bloggery and Tomfoolery.”
    • This article discusses the positive and negative things that come with technology today. Although some say blogging helps with literacy and English skills, this article suggests that creativity and poetry may be lost as a result of modern abbreviations. Many times while blogging students use abbreviations such as “lol,” for laughing out loud, or “brb” for be right back. The article suggests this will cause people to say things without putting much thought into what they are saying.
    • The author is afraid that students will just ramble in their blogs, posting meaningless things. It brings up the question of how much chit chatting humans can handle, and is it helpful?
  • 7.
    • The author also brings up the issue of privacy. What if students post private things onto their blogs?
    • Blogs are meant to be a place one can express their thoughts and feelings freely, but what if one crosses the line?
    • Where is the line between expressing one’s thoughts and harassment or slander?
    • Is their a difference between blogging and graffiti?
    • Are students willing to use blogs in a meaningful way?
    • These are all questions to consider when thinking about incorperating blogging into the classroom setting.
  • 8.
    • I agree with some of the things the author has said to be true about blogging. I do believe that blogs can be misused.
    • Blogging may cause students to use abbreviations and not to be as elaborate with the things that they say. I do, however, think that students can use blogging in an educational way. I also think that students can use blogging for recreational use and abbreviate, but still know how to write when it comes to real life or educational situations.
    • I think that blogging allows students an opportunity to develop social skills with literacy. Students can learn to convey their thoughts with words, and to communicate with others in writing and online.
    • Blogging can allow children to teach others. When a child can write a blog about something they have learned, it shows that they truly know the information and understand how it relates to real life.
    • Blogging can allow student to be creative. Not every student will like to sing, or draw, or dance. Blogging allows children who like to write a chance to do so and let their opinions be heard.
    • While blogging may have some negative aspects, I think that even those can be turned into positive things. Children can be taught that there is a time to use abbreviations and slang, and there is a time to be more diligent in their writing.
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  • 9. The How To’s of Blogging
    • In “Moderating and Ethics for the Classroom Instructional Blog,” Patricia Deubel explains the steps that need to be taken in order to use blogs effectively in the classroom.
    • Students need specific instructions when using their blogs. The teacher should clearly identify what they should be writing about, how long their postings should be, and how frequent they need to post on their blog.
    • Students should be required to comment and respond with other students. The interaction among students is one of the most important aspects of blogging. If students do not reply or comment to each other, blogs tend to die and students lose interest.
    • Teachers should provide a checklist or a rubric in order to ensure that students understand how their blogs will be graded.
    • It would be a good idea for a teacher to provide a model blog entry, to show students an example of what is expected of them.
    • Just as teachers could post prompts and questions, blogs could also be used for students to post questions or thoughts they may have. This could create further discussions about something they are learning in class. These interactions among students could help their overall understanding of a certain topic.
  • 10. Ethical Debate
    • Teachers need to ensure that if they are using blogs in the classroom, they are teaching children about the ethics involved.
    • Teachers have to decide when to go as far as to delete comments they find inappropriate. Where is the line between free speech and harassment or inappropriateness?
    • Students need to be held accountable that what they are posting is accurate, clear, and appropriate.
    • Other dangers that come with blogging are things such as plagiarizing and students stating false information.
  • 11.
    • I think this article stated many good points. I agree that teachers need to give concise instructions for each blog the children need to right.
    • The blogosphere is filled with dangers--"misrepresenting opinion as fact, plagiarism, conflicts of interest, and newer trends, such as word of mouth marketing" (Kuhn, 2005, p. 5)
      • I think that this is a very good quote; it brings up several things that teachers need to consider when introducing blogging in the classroom.
      • Children may post things they think are true, but are actually inaccurate. I think that if teachers pay close attention to blogs and monitor them well, they can use that chance to further explain something.
      • Teachers can avoid things such as conflicts of interest by setting specific guidelines for students to use when writing their blogs.
      • Plagiarism is something children need to learn about, not only for the purposes of blogging, but to understand the importance of this. Teachers need to make children aware that using someone else’s words and not giving credit is plagiarism.
      • Another important thing to teach children when blogging is to make sure they are able to distinguish the difference between someone’s opinion and fact.
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  • 12.
    • In conclusion, I think that blogs can definitely be beneficial to children in the classroom.
    • Blogs can come with positive and negative effects, but when used the right way they can be very helpful to students.
    • Blogs can be a great way for students to interact with each other and show what they have learned.
    • Blogs can allow children to communicate with other people from different places around the world and learn about culture.
    • Blogs can allow children to express themselves in a creative way.
    • In order for blogs to be a success in the classroom, teachers need to give exact rules and instructions. Students need to understand things such as plagiarism, as well as how to distinguish facts from fiction.
    • Hopefully many teachers will use blogs in their classroom in the future in a positive way!
  • 13. Works Cited
    • McKenzie, Jamie. “One Liners, Bloggery, and Tomfoolery.” From Now On 15.4 (2006): n. pag. Web. 1 May 2010. <http://fromnowon.org/‌jun06/‌bloggery.html>.
    • “ Moderating and Ethics for the Classroom Instructional Blog.” The Journal (Feb. 2007): n. pag. Web. 1 May 2010. <http://thejournal.com/‌Forms/‌Search-Results.aspx?query=blogging&collection=THEJournal_Web>.
    • Tse, Shem. “The impact of blogging on Hong Kong primary school students’ bilingual reading literacy.” Australian Journal of Educational Technology 26.2 (2010): 164-179. Web. 1 May 2010. <http://www.ascilite.org.au/‌ajet/‌ajet26/‌tse.html>.