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A log of websites visited? Or a personal journal? Or something else?
“ Defining this variable form is not easy in the highly opinionated blogosphere - nor is it simple in the increasing number of newsrooms that are in embracing blogging. . . . Capturing the blogging beast is no small matter, not when everybody from the lonely scribe in Paducah to me-too mass media in Manhattan is trying to get arms and minds around the virtual blob now encroaching online.”
Just what is a blog, anyway? By Michael Conniff Posted: 2005-09-29
“ There is no need to define ‘blog.’ . . . A blog is merely a tool that lets you do anything from change the world to share your shopping list. People will use it however they wish. And it is way too soon in the invention of uses for this tool to limit it with a set definition.”
Jeff Jarvis, the veteran print journalist and prominent blogger behind BuzzMachine Quoted by Conniff in Just what is a blog, anyway?
A publication of content and Web links, sorted in chronological order, with the most recent at the top. The content reflects personal or corporate interests, and is almost always written by an individual. . . .”
What are Blogs, and Why Your Business Should Use One
Blogger itself places no restrictions on the form of content being posted. Its web interface, accessible from any browser, consists of an empty form box into which the blogger can type...anything: a passing thought, an extended essay, or a childhood recollection. With a click, Blogger will post the...whatever...on the writer's website, archive it in the proper place, and present the writer with another empty box, just waiting to be filled.
Internet users ages 12-32 are more likely than older users to read other people’s blogs and to write their own; they are also considerably more likely than older generations to use social networking sites and to create profiles on those sites.
Michael Thompson, a child psychologist who consults to schools:
The Internet is often the only private place for a child today.
But I’m always torn when people call me for wise counsel about kids and privacy, because roaming around in my head there is still a child who treasures his private adventures. My inner boy is certainly going to shout, “Let them be! Let them take some risks.”
That isn’t to say that parents and administrators should turn a blind eye their children’s online activities, they shouldn’t.
This site is dedicated to discussions and reflections on the use of Weblogs, wikis, RSS, audiocasts and other Read/Write Web related technologies in the K-12 realm, technologies that are transforming classrooms around the world.
From Mad Magazine to Facebook - What Have We Learned?
We cannot allow education in general or ourselves in particular to become antiquated. What does it tell us when kids cannot wait to leave school in order re-turn-on, re-boot, and once again engage in meaningful (to them) real-world learning.