ONLINE ASSIGNMENT II
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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