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  1. 1. Jamalludin Harun [email_address] BLOG IN TEACHING & LEARNING Something More Than Just Technology
  2. 2. <ul><li>New teaching and learning paradigm </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student centred approach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Competence/Outcome based </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New roles of - Educators </li></ul><ul><li>- Students </li></ul><ul><li>- Institutions </li></ul>Introduction
  3. 3. <ul><li>“ Our students have changed radically.Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach ” . </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Prensky, “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants” </li></ul>Introduction
  4. 4. Introduction
  5. 5. Introduction w h y w e b l o g s ?
  6. 6. <ul><li>Educators have picked up on the creative use of this Internet technology and put the blog to work in the classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>The education blog can be a powerful and effective technology tool for students and educators alike. </li></ul>Introduction
  7. 7. <ul><li>Blogs are one of the most representative tools of Web 2.0. They offer flexibility, adaptability, and integration with other tools. </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs in Plain English </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Use of Blogs
  8. 8. <ul><li>A blog (sometimes referred to as a weblog) is a Web publishing tool that allows authors to quickly and easily self-publish text, artwork, links to other blogs or Web sites, and a whole array of other content. </li></ul>What is a Blog?
  9. 9. <ul><li>Blogs are set-up like conventional Web sites, with navigation links, and other standard Web site features. </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs have one standard characteristic, however: the posting. </li></ul><ul><li>Blog postings are text entries, similar to a diary or journal, which include a posting date and may include comments by people other than the author, photos, links, or other digital media. </li></ul>What is a Blog?
  10. 10. <ul><li>The Blogging basics are … </li></ul><ul><li>Post </li></ul><ul><li>Comment </li></ul><ul><li>Link </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>What is a Blog?
  12. 12. <ul><li>Technologies do NOT change teaching & learning, but can help us to introduce new methodologies and learning environments. </li></ul>Blog in Teaching & Learning Blogs support: knowledge building reflection monitoring sharing archiving Possibilities of Web 2.0 tools
  13. 13. Bloom’s Taxonomy experimenting, monitoring implementing, executing designing, planning, producing organising, attributing, integrating summarising, inferring, paraphrasing recognising, identifying, retrieving
  14. 14. <ul><li>Like the general blogging community, there are many ways to use blogging in teaching and learning. </li></ul><ul><li>You can use an existing blog to provide information and insights. </li></ul><ul><li>They can also help you provide examples to increase the quality of your students' blog entries. Or, you can encourage your students to create a blog for others that reflects these ideas. </li></ul>Blog in Teaching & Learning
  15. 15. <ul><li>Blogs work well for students because they can be worked on at virtually any time, in any place with an Internet-enabled computer. </li></ul><ul><li>Hence, they can be used by educators to create a classroom that extends beyond the boundaries of the classroom. </li></ul>Educational Blogging…??
  16. 16. <ul><li>Providing teachers with an excellent tool for communicating with students. </li></ul><ul><li>Highly motivating to students, especially those who otherwise might not become participants in classrooms. </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent opportunities for students to read, write and reflect. </li></ul><ul><li>Effective forums for collaboration and discussion. </li></ul><ul><li>Powerful tools to enable scaffolded learning or mentoring to occur. </li></ul>Educational Benefits of Blogs
  17. 17. <ul><li>Provides an additional mode for writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Engages writing skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Presents writing as an instructional tool in the content areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporates technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Makes learning relevant. </li></ul><ul><li>Boosts students’ self-confidence. </li></ul><ul><li>Engages various learning styles. </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitates critical thinking. </li></ul><ul><li>Meets district and state learning standards. </li></ul>Educational Benefits of Blogs
  18. 18. <ul><li>teachers to provide feedback and to monitor students’ performance more effectively </li></ul><ul><li>self-assessment and continued assessment </li></ul><ul><li>personal reflection. </li></ul><ul><li>tracking all the process (by students themselves and by teachers). </li></ul>Blogs Facilitate…
  19. 19. <ul><li>Text </li></ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Audio Files </li></ul><ul><li>PowerPoint Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Link to other blogs and web pages </li></ul><ul><li>etc… </li></ul>What a Blog Can Have..?
  20. 20. <ul><li>Okay, that’s interesting, but how can I use blogging in my classroom? </li></ul>Educational Blogging…??
  21. 21. <ul><li>As an educational tool, blogs may be integrated in a multi-faceted manner to accommodate all learners. </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs can serve at least four basic functions. </li></ul>Using Blog in the Classroom
  22. 22. <ul><li>Classroom Management </li></ul><ul><li>Class blogs can serve as a portal to foster a community of learners. </li></ul><ul><li>As they are easy to create and update efficiently, they can be used to inform students of class requirements, post handouts, notices, and homework assignments, or act as a question and answer board. </li></ul>Using Blog in the Classroom
  23. 23. <ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs provide a space where educators and students can work to further develop writing or other skills with the advantage of an instant audience. </li></ul><ul><li>Educators can offer instructional tips, and students can practice and benefit from peer review. </li></ul>Using Blog in the Classroom
  24. 24. <ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>They also make online mentoring possible. For example, a class of older students can help a class of younger students develop more confidence in their writing skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Students can also participate in cooperative learning activities that require them to relay research findings, ideas, or suggestions. </li></ul>Using Blog in the Classroom
  25. 25. <ul><li>Discussions </li></ul><ul><li>A class blog opens the opportunity for students to discuss topics outside of the classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>With a blog, every person has an equal opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions. </li></ul>Using Blog in the Classroom
  26. 26. <ul><li>Student Portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs present, organize, and protect student work as digital portfolios. </li></ul><ul><li>As students realize their efforts will be published, they are typically more motivated to produce better writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Expert or peer mentoring advice can be easily kept for future reference. </li></ul>Using Blog in the Classroom
  28. 28. <ul><li>Start exploring with the tool, what you can do, how does it work, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Seek help from colleagues who have tried it. </li></ul><ul><li>Read other educators’ blogs; how they use categories, how they organize the information, how often they blog, how they give instructions to students, etc. </li></ul>So…Ready to Blog…?
  29. 29. Steps for Getting Started on Blogs <ul><li>Go to one of the available free blogging sites (for example: Blogger or WordPress). </li></ul><ul><li>Provide the necessary information requested. (user name, password) </li></ul><ul><li>Create a title for your blog. </li></ul><ul><li>Accept terms and select a template. </li></ul><ul><li>Write and Publish! </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>Blogger </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wordpress </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>BlogDrive </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. Some other Blog Platforms… <ul><li>B2Evolution </li></ul><ul><li>LiveJournal </li></ul><ul><li>Edublogs </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter (microblogging) </li></ul>
  32. 32. Blogs to Visit and Explore <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>