Using Blogs to Share LearnerGenerated Content
Ed Tech Coordinator
The evolution of blogs
What is it?
Why share it?
How to share it?
4P Model – present, practice, produce + publish
Face-to-face learning environment
Online learning environment
The evolution of blogs
Around since 1990s.
2006-2011: 36 million 181 million 1
Early platforms – online diaries (Open Diary, Live Journal)
Later platforms – interactive websites, CMS (WordPress, Blogger)
Microblogs – niche blogs (Tumblr, LinkedIn, Edmodo)
Core feature – simple posts and comments
Blogs for teaching and learning
Learning activities can be posted
Lines of communication open at all times
Record of student work
Allow for sharing of content (learner-generated content)
Learner-generated content (LGC)
Traditionally, content is teacher generated
What is LGC?
content created or found by students as a result of doing
learning activities 2,3
“student performance content”
blogs allow for sharing of LGC
need for quality control
Why share LGC?
Increase student motivation levels 4,5
sense of ownership / participation / community
Help students develop 21st century skills
Create valuable learning resources for peers 6,7
More capable peers to less capable – ZPD 8,9
Using blogs – knowledge transferred through
“social/collaborative learning” 10
How can blogs be used to share LGC?
Teacher blogs for quality control
guiding and supporting
moderating student responses
longer pieces of work
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