Blog History According to an article from theAustralian Journal of Education Technology, blogs are a product of convenience rather than design. Blogs have emerged from early email lists and instant messaging communities as a means of informing a dedicated reader base about items of interest to the authors, news, and personal information. Williams, J. B. and Jacobs, J. (2004). Exploring the use of blogs as learning spaces in the higher education sector. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 20(2), 232-247. http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet20/williams.html
Continued Williams, J. B. and Jacobs, J. (2004). Exploring the use of blogs as learning spaces in the higher education sector. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 20(2), 232-247. http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet20/williams.html This article also states that the key to the popularity of blogs is the scope for interactivity. One of the great things about blogs is their versatility. They cater to many people and do not have to be run or owned by an individual. There are group blogs, family blogs, community blogs, and even corporate blogs.
Reflection I think that this article has a lot of great information about the beginnings of blogs and how they have become important to us. People love to talk and debate at all times and blogs enable large groups to do so without being at the same place at the same time. This article has more information about different types of blogs and such, but I chose to only use the first part containing the history of blogs and how they have gained popularity in today's culture.
Benefits of blogging According to an article from Glencoe online, one huge plus to using blogs for teachers is that the technology is easy to use! They require a small amount of technical knowledge and can be easily and quickly maintained and changed. Students also find them very easy to access at home via the web. glencoe online
Reflection This website had a great overview of the benefits of using a blog in education. It explains what a blog is and how they can help students and teachers alike. There was a good amount of information from this article, not a huge amount. The information was very well organized and easy to read through. I felt like I learned a lot of information from reading this small article.
Uses One use for the blogs would be like something we have done this semester. Critiquing a website is a great way to have students use a blog. The students will post a website they have gone to and put up their critiques and comments on others. Another use would be to put up a prompt asking students to respond to it by a certain day and comment on other students’ responses.teachers first
Continued Another way teachers can use blogs is to have students create an entry describing the events for that week. Students and parents can comment and even the children who are home sick will not feel disconnected from the classroom. Lastly, teachers could assign a reading and ask students to respond to certain questions on a blog. They could answer the questions and respond to other students’ comments.
Reflection I enjoyed this website a lot. This specific article was nice because it was interactive and informational. I was able to see who uses blogs and ways teachers can incorporate them into everyday assignments. I think I will probably use some of the ideas I have found from this resource and use them in the future.
Conclusion:Blogging in educational settings can be very helpful for both students and teachers alike.