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    ONLINE ASSIGNMENT II

    ASWATHY B.K

    ENGLISH

  • EDUCATIONAL BLOGS

    BLOGS

    A blog is frequently updated online personal journal or diary. It is a place to express

    yourself to the world. That means it is a place to share your thoughts and your passions. For our

    purposes we will say that a blog is your own website that you are going to update on an ongoing

    basis. Blog is a short form for the word weblog and the two words are used interchangeably.

    Weblogs are personal web pages written in chronological order and maintained through a

    specific software that helps their administration. From an educational point of view weblogs are

    the development of traditional learning logs for students and teachers, whether as a complement

    to traditional lectures or as a e-lg tool. The importance of these applications has increased due to

    the changes in the classrooms dynamics. There are many uses for weblogs in many fields. Lets

    analyze what is an educational blog.

    EDUCATIONAL BLOGS

    An educational blog or edublog is a blog created for educational purposes. Edublogs

    archive and support student and teacher learning by facilitating reflection, questioning by self

    and others, collaboration and by providing context for engaging in higher order thinking.

    Edublogs proliferated when blogging architecture became more simplified and teachers

    perceived the instructional potential of blogs as an online resource. The use of blogs has become

    popular in educational institutions including public schools and colleges.

    Blogs can be useful tools for sharing information and tips among co-workers, providing

    information for students, or keeping in contact with parents. Common examples include blogs

    written by or for teachers, blogs maintained for the purpose of classroom instruction, or blogs

    written by educational policy. Educators whose bolgs are sometimes called edubloggers.

    HISTORY

    Weblogs have existed for close to two decades. However it was not until the second half

    of the 1990s that weblogs began to grow in popularity. In 1998, there were just a handful of sites

    of the type that are now identified as weblogs (so named by James Barger in December 1997). In

    1999, there were 23 known weblogs and Pitas http:// www.pitas.com/ , the first free build your

    own weblog tool was launched. Also in 1999, weblogs changed from a mix of links, commentary

    and thoughts to short for journal entries. An early recorded use of the term edublog can be

    traced to a webring called the Edublog WebRing, founded on January 30, 2002. The new use of

    weblogs are largely interest driven and attract readers who have similar interests. In 2004, there

    were an estimated 3 million blogs and as of July, there are an estimated 164 million blogs.

  • The Edublog Awards, the international and community based awards program for the use

    of blogs and social media to support education , runs annually online across a range of platforms.

    The Awards were founded by James N .Farmer in 2004.

    USES OF BLOGS

    There are several uses of edublogs. Some bloggers use their blogs as a learning journal or

    a knowledge log to gather relevant information and ideas and communicate with other people.

    Some teachers use blogs to keep in contact with students parents. Some bloggers use blogs to

    record their own personal life, and express emotions or feelings. Some instructors use blogs as an

    instructional and assessment tool and blogs can be used as a task management tool. Blogs are

    used to teach individuals about writing for an audience as they can be made public, and blogging

    software makes it easier to create content for the web without knowing much HTML.

    TEACHER BLOGS

    There are many teacher related blogs on the internet where teachers can share

    information with one another. Teachers familiarize themselves with edublogs before

    implementing them with their students. Many teachers share materials and ideas to meet the

    diverse needs of all learners in their classrooms. Teachers can often rely on these sources to

    communicate with one another regarding any issues in education that they may be having,

    including classroom management techniques and policies. In this way, the blog often act as a

    support system for teachers where they can access ideas, tools and gain support and recognition

    from other professionals in their field. weblogs can provide a forum for reading, writing and

    collaborating.

    Edublogs can be used as instructional resources, in which teachers can post tips, samples

    or explanations to help students learning. The use of blogs in the classroom allows both the

    teacher and students the ability to edit and add content at any time. The ability for both the

    teacher and student to edit content allows for study to take place outside the classroom

    environment, since blogs can usually be accessed by using the URL of the blog on any computer.

    Blogs increase exposure to other students from around the country or world, while improving

    writing and communication skills. Teachers are using blogs as a way to post important

    information such as homework, important dates, missed lessons, projects, discussion boards and

    other useful classroom information that is accessible by all. As noted, students can access

    information form home or form any computer that is connected to the internet.

    Teachers and parents use blogs in order to communicate with one another. They can be

    used to post class announcements for parents or providing schedule reminders. Connecting to a

    teachers blog is also a convenient way for parents to find out daily assignments so that they can

    monitor their childrens progress and understand classroom expectations.

  • STUDENT BLOGGING IN THE K-12 CLASS

    Student blogging describes students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 who are using blogs in

    some way in a formal classroom context. Blogs are digital platforms that provide students with a

    medium for sharing knowledge and experiences that go beyond the traditional means of reading

    and writing in classrooms. Student blogging is a relative newcomer to the digital writing scene,

    and appears to have gained ground only in the past 7-8 years. In the past 5 years , however,

    student blogging has become a relatively common phenomenon in classrooms around the world.

    This may be attributable to the increase in free blog hosting services that have adjustable privacy

    settings, and the opening up of school internet filters to a greater range of social media.

    The use of blogs in education gives students a global perspective. Teachers and students

    from different states, countries, and continents are able to collaborate on different projects and

    ideas. A classroom in China can collaborate with classrooms in Germany, Mexico, Australia

    with just a few clicks of a button. Learning through blogs allows students to take control of their

    own learning and steer it to their own needs. Students are able to see that opinion and even

    strategies vary based on location and culture. Children are all different, but a common thread of

    learning can unite them. The use of blogs in the classroom engages children in learning and

    using technological literacy that will help them in adulthood.

    There has not been a significant amount of research conducted on K-12 students

    regarding the efficacy of edublogs in enhancing learning. However , anecdotal results discussed

    by educators have given a glimpse into their utility or promise. There is a general consensus that

    edublogs create many opportunities for collaborative learning, as well as enhance the ability to

    locate and reflect upon work.

    COMMON PEDAGOGICAL USES OF STUDENT BLOGGING IN

    THE CLASSROOM

    According to the exact literature, students use blogging in classrooms for different

    purposes. Blogs are used to showcase individual student work by enabling them to publish texts,

    video clips, audio clips, maps, photos and other images , projects and suchlike in a potentially

    accessible forum. Proponents of student blogging argue that blogging can enable contribute

    directly to improve d writing abilities and argue that classroom blogging enable students to

    engage with audience s beyond their classroom walls by using blogs as personal journals, as

    diaries, for story writing, and for making editorial responses to news events. Researchers have

    also documented teachers using student blogging to promote creativity and self expression.

    REASONFOR USING STUDENT BLOGGING IN CLASSROOMS

  • Some researchers claim that student blogs promote learning by proving opportunities for

    students to take more control of their learning and the content they engage. It is also claimed that

    student blogging intrinsically motivates students to become better readers and writers.

    POTENTIAL LIMITATIONS/SOME CRITICISMS

    There is very little research on student blogging available. That being said, there is a

    large amount of published anecdotal evidence regarding criticisms of student blogging or

    limitations in using blogging in classrooms. F