Blog??? What is it? How can it help me improve my teaching practice? How hard is it to create?
What is a blog? The term “blog” is short for web log Online diary that allows the author to easily publish on the www, Combines text, graphics, sounds, videos and links, Posts are displayed in reverse-chronological order allowing the most current information to be prominently displayed.
3 Types of Educational Blogs Class blog (http://module4-l.blogspot.com) Learner blog (http://loucocrazyfrog.blogspot.com) Tutor blog (http://year7it.blogspot.com)
A Tutor Blog helps the student because it: is an appropriate place to house all documents that the student will need to be successful, is a useful tool as the student always knows what the assignment is and can refer to the blog outside the classroom to finish tasks and reinforce learning, can include the learning objective, is a communication tool for parents to use to help them keep abreast of what their children are studying, serves as a constant reminder of deadlines and other important information.
A Tutor Blogs helps the teacher because it: obliges the teacher to focus on daily lesson planning, provides a record of course development and the teacher’s professional development, promotes parental participation.
Remember: a blog is a web tool that makes publishing to the www a snap, a blog helps both the student and the teacher, AND a blog is easy to create and use.