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  • 1. Findings on Survey
  • 2. Hypothesis
    • There are 3 hypotheses
      • Do the students use the blogs for learning?
      • Do the students act as the lurker in the blogs?
      • Do the blog builders and blog readers build up the inherent environment for learning or knowledge building?
  • 3. Hypothesis 1 (1)
    • Summaries the data from questions in part (a), (b), (c) and (d) to obtain the following results
    • Apparently, there are 54 students out of 57 students spent at least 1 hour per week to surf the Internet
    • Also, only 46 students read and/or write the weblogs
  • 4. Hypothesis 1 (2)
    • Table A: How long the students read the weblogs per week
    • It shows 46 students (80.7%) read the weblogs
  • 5. Hypothesis 1 (3)
    • Table B: Content of weblogs read by students
    • It shows the students use the weblogs to keep the friendships,
    rather than learning
  • 6. Hypothesis 1 (4)
    • Table C: How long the students write the weblogs per week
    • It shows 46 students (80.7%) write the weblogs
  • 7. Hypothesis 1 (5)
    • Table D: Content of weblogs written by students
    • It also shows the students write the weblogs to keep the friendships, say writing personal diary
  • 8. Hypothesis 1 (6)
    • From Table B and Table D, we observe that the students really uses weblog for either sharing ideas or sharing knowledge, but their percentages were relatively slower.
    • Thus, in Hong Kong, using weblogs by the students for learning is infancy.
  • 9. Hypothesis 1 (7)
    • Other evidence
      • 33 students (57.9%) told us that their teachers had their own weblogs for sharing and discussing among the teachers and students.
      • For these 33 students, there was only 1 student (4.2%) frequently visiting the teacher weblog.
  • 10. Hypothesis 1 (8)
    • Other evidence
    • Table E: Comment on teachers’ weblogs
    • It shows that few students found the teachers’ weblog helpful
  • 11. Hypothesis 1 (9)
    • Other evidence
      • It also provided the preliminary evidence
        • the school couldn’t create the supporting environment for the students that fostered using the weblog for learning.
      • Fortunately, there were 34 students (59.6%) to be willing to use the weblog for learning in the future.
      • Thus, in Hong Kong, using weblogs by the students for learning was proved to be infancy.
  • 12. Hypothesis 2 (1)
    • Definition of lurker
      • Lurker usually reads the weblogs, but do not give any comment on weblogs.
  • 13. Hypothesis 2 (2)
    • Table F: Give comments on the weblogs
    • It shows many students (69.6%) always give comments on the weblog
  • 14. Hypothesis 2 (3)
    • Table G: Response to comments on the weblogs
    • It also shows many students (73.9%) always response to comments given by the reader on the weblog
  • 15. Hypothesis 2 (4)
    • Conclusively, we observed that the students were relatively active on writing the comments or response to the comments
    • Hence, it was apparent that Hong Kong students were not the lurkers in the Internet
  • 16. Hypothesis 3 (1)
    • Learning required more sharing, discussing and reflection among the students and teachers
    • Weblogs usually provided the inherent facilities to meet such requirements.
  • 17. Hypothesis 3 (2)
    • Table H: Status of students while using weblog
    • It also shows there are 42 students (73.7%) to be going to both read and write weblogs
    Read Weblog
  • 18. Hypothesis 3 (3)
    • In our survey, we found that 23 students (79.3%) out of 29 students, which always read weblogs, wrote the comment, then the weblog owner gave the responses and the student replied on the responses.
  • 19. Hypothesis 3 (4)
    • Moreover, there were 23 students (71.9%) out of the 32 students, who always wrote comments, to be willing to keep track on the specific weblogs for further discussion.
    • This created the foundational atmosphere for the weblog owners and weblog readers to construct the learning.
  • 20. The End