Gurleen Ahluwalia Lecturer in Communication Skills BBSBEC, Fatehgarh Sahib Punjab
Technology has the potential to address a variety of students’ learning styles and academic needs simultaneously and seamlessly .
promotes integrative motivation
own sense of ownership
reduces the boredom
An online journal or diary.
Simple web publishing
Shared or individual
Blogger http:// www.blogger.com Edublogs http:// www.edublogs.org Live Journal http:// www.livejournal.com
Instant publishing to the Net
Empowering – gives students a voice
Comment features allows interaction/peer review
Promotes ownership of work
Promotes reflection on teaching and learning
Creating an e-portfolio of student’s work
Advantages of Blogging
Used for brainstorming, storytelling and generating discussions
Promotes writing and reading habits
Encourage shy students to participate
Developing critical skills
Offers worldwide readership.
Advantages of Blogging (….contd)
Popularity of Blogs
Writing Video Reviews
My Personal Diary
Blogs in communication Skills class of Engineering Students
Teacher’s Role in a Classroom Blog
• A website (non-linear, hyperlinked)
– collaborative public writing tool
• Community of users construct knowledge
– Edit, delete or modify content
– Ongoing collective work of many authors
• Students “own” their learning experience
Links to FREE WIKI Services www.wikispaces.com http://pbwiki.com
Example of WIKI Wikipedia: http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
Wikis in communication Skills class of Engineering Students.
Modular Project Reports.
work in real time
permit public document construction or distributed authorship
permit collaborative document editing
work on volunteer collaboration
WIKIS CONVENTIONAL WEB PAGES Open-editing Limited editing Simple text formatting language Conventional HTML Earlier versions stored in online data-base Earlier versions not automatically stored Easy to create new pages Harder to create new pages Low security Higher security Equal User Roles Hierarchical user Roles Multiple Anonymous Authorship Limited know Authorship Communal, Collaborative Individual Pages considered always in process Pages considered finished Informal, human Voice Formal
• Help students to communicate & collaborate
• Motivate students to participate
• Provide opportunities to read & write
• Postings can be created by students any time, any place
. Own sense of ownership
Get experience with practical, legal and ethical issues of creating a hypertext document.
BLOGS WIKIS Usually single author Usually many authors Reverse Chronologically Structure determined by content and users Usually Personal Usually Objective External Links Internal and External links Used in brainstorming or generating discussion Used in group projects Comments on the existing information Easily modifiable