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  1. 1. Blogging in Education By: Emily Schene Click HERE to find out exactly what blogs are and what people are saying about them!
  2. 2. Table of Contents • Slide 1: Blogging In Education • Slide 2: Table of Contents • Slides 3-5: How To Use A Blog To Facilitate Learning • Slides 6-8: How To Use Blogs In the Classroom • Slides 9-11: Educational Blogging • Slide 12: Conclusion
  3. 3. How To Use a Blog To Facilitate Learning There are many different ways to incorporate blogs into a learning environment. In this article, the author points out some specific ways to do so. Using a blog to help create easier ways to connect the child to the learning material, to promote the use of technology, or even to promote better reading and writing habits are common ways to use blogs in the educational world. Nowadays, teachers and educators can even take classes to learn how to create meaningful online discussions, help with internet safety, and to even teach themselves how to use blogs. Since blogs and wikis are such new forms of technology, most teachers probably would need helpful resources to really learn how to better use this form of technology and communication. With using new forms of technology in the classroom, it becomes an easier and more fun way for students to learn. Using wikis and blogs, students can communicate WHILE they learn.
  4. 4. How To Use A Blog To Facilitate Learning When using a blog, wiki, or any sort of new form of technology, it always comes with some sort of dangers. When using the Internet, it’s wise to keep in mind a safe blogging environment. -Be sure to block and filter out commercial sites. -Make sure students and parents sign an Acceptable Use Policy before gaining Internet access. -Set up meetings to help parents monitor their child’s use of the Internet. quot;How To Use A Blog To Facilitate Learning.quot; Using Blogs and Wikis In Education. 13 July 2007. 28 Apr. 2009.
  5. 5. Personal Reflection I believe this article makes many good points. First off, using different types of technology in education will definitely both excite and encourage students about learning. I completely agree with this article when it states that using blogs can be a great way to encourage students in both reading and writing. Also, blogging and using wikis is yet another way to incorporate communication and learning from student to student.
  6. 6. How To Use Blogs In the Classroom This article gave many good ideas and pointers on how to use blogs in education. Some of these tips included: making sure to use your blog with structure and purpose, use blogging tools that work, and to make sure you’re promoting “personal pursuits and expression”. Also, some kids (especially of young age) may have trouble differentiating between private and public information. Therefore, it’s wise for teachers to take this into account when deciding to use a blog in a classroom or not. Making sure that students are of proper age for different types of technology is definitely important.
  7. 7. How To Use Blogs In the Classroom “The combination of blog writing and news feeds helps connect students to one another…promote reading, writing and critical thinking” Using news feeds with your blog could actually help the learning process. By saving time and being exposed to more opinions, news feeds are becoming more popular, especially in the blogging world. By using these knowledge networks, students can keep up to date on projects while developing an awareness for their audience. Nelson, Charles. quot;How To Use Blogs In the Classroom.quot; 19 June 2006. 3 May 2009.
  8. 8. Personal Reflection I believe this article definitely pointed out extremely good suggestions for blogs. It is very important to realize that some students may not know exactly what should and shouldn’t be put on-line for all to see. I believe it’s very important to really analyze your student’s abilities and knowledge of how to use the Internet before allowing the use of blogs in the classroom. Also, I think that news feeds are a great way to see other student’s opinions and be able to get feed back from their peers. I believe this will allow the students to learn to change their reading to fit their audience. I think it’s also important for the student’s to learn how to interact and react to their peers and their positive criticism.
  9. 9. Educational Blogging In many schools, blogging and Internet use are becoming a lot more popular. This article tells of a few schools and their experiences with allowing their students to use blogs. In one school in Quebec City, the students have a personal place to write what they wish, a place where assignments are posted, and a place to post and reflect on their past assignments. The students claim that they enjoy blogging because it gives them, “a chance to communicate…and motivate to write more”. Downes, Stephen. quot;Educational Blogging.quot; Fall 2004. 3 May 2009.
  10. 10. Educational Blogging 5 Different Ways Blogs Can Be Used In Education - Teachers can use blogs instead of a basic classroom website to post things like class times, rules, assignments, suggested reading, etc. - Teachers can use blogs to link to other Internet materials that can be used for their classrooms. - Blogs can be used to organize in class discussions. - Teachers can organize class seminars and provide summaries of readings by using blogs. - Students can be asked to write their own blogs as a part of their own grade.
  11. 11. Personal Reflection This article gave great suggestions on different ways that teachers can use blogs. I never thought about using a blog instead of a classroom website. Especially in college level classes, this can be a great way to inform students as to what is happening or what will be happening in the future. Of course, college students have ways of “happening” to miss class, and I think it’d be a great way to inform students about what they missed that day. Even for younger children, it would be a great way to update parents on what is going on in the classroom and what they can expect in the near future. Also, parents could easily contact the teacher, or even the other parents of children in the class.
  12. 12. Conclusion All in all, I believe blogging can really contribute to many sections of learning. I think it’s pretty obvious that blogging can really help a student’s reading and writing skills. Also, it’s definitely a different and more interesting way of learning. With the right safety techniques, I believe children can really learn a lot from creating a blog for school work. I think using new types of technology can be a very useful skill to have. By using blogs, student’s will learn the importance of technology and how important it can be in our lives. Also, I believe student’s using educational blogs will realize how important their peer’s comments and critiques can be, and how to put them to good use. After having to create my own blog (see it here!) and post some of my own assignments on it, I personally can vouch for blogging. I learned a lot of new things about my own writing and my peers’ writing as well. It was a big help to have suggestions and comments on my own work. I believe technology is beginning to taking a huge role in education, and I think we should be taking full advantage of it.