Blogging: Bringing Schools into the New Century--or Obsolete Technology?
EDU 626 Integrating Educational Technology Spring 2012BloggingBringing Schools into the New Century?Or maybe it’s alreadyobsolete technology?
2What is a Blog?•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
4Educational Uses of Blogging?• –Will Richardson –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. • About/Disclosures
5How do teachers blog? –Teachers use blogs to provide assignments to students –To communicate with other teachers about classroom experiences, or with other educators about the use of educational technologies, and for many other purposes. –to give parents insight into what‟s going on in the classroom. –Teachers blogging to communicate other teachers (and anyone else who cares to „listen‟) – Blogging In Education Today (a multipart series)
6The Book Blog– we encourage students, parents, teachers and community members from all over the world to join us as we read this book over 4 weeks (from March 6th to April 3rd, 2006).
9A Kentucky newsblog ofinterest to teachers http://theprincipal.blogspot.com/
10How do you find out aboutblogs of interest?• –The leading blog search engine and directory, Technorati.com indexes more than a million blogs. The site has become the definitive source for the top stories, opinions, photos and videos emerging across news, entertainment, technology, lifestyle, sports, politics and business. Technorati.com tracks not only the authority and influence of blogs, but also the most comprehensive and current index of who and what is most popular in the Blogosphere. Read more: http://technorati.com/about- technorati/#ixzz1HeIRPJ00
11• 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. • Greg Farr