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11 Advantages to Using a Blog for Teaching & Blogging in Education

April 4, 2012

Slide Show #1

After reading the slideshow for 11 Advantages to Using a Blog for Teaching, there are many good things about using blogs for education.  First off, blogging has a more independent structure towards teaching and learning.  One can use blogs on his or her own time which makes it helpful when dealing with everyday responsibilities.  Blogging is more participant-centered in that it allows for an on-going discussion based on a particular topic.  In general, blogging as well as other self-driven learning transforms education in a good way and leads to increased communication, participation, and motivation.  Although some individuals prefer “one-way learning” as the slideshow discusses, blogging allows more freedom for those who set their own goals, taking initiative, handle constructive critism, and have a strong desire to learn.  The pitfalls of blogging are biased or incorrect information. Additionally, some learners have time constraints to blog because of work, spending time with family, or other activities which make participation difficult.  On the other hand, blogging improves writing ability and also shows changes in thoughts whether through informing or persuading the reader.  The slideshow also shows the differences between blogs and wikipedia in that blogging show the thoughts and ideas that change in an individual and can be used as a collaborative process but Wikipedia does not show these changes as clearly and the content displayed can be  added and edited by other readers.  Another advantage that the slideshow discusses is that blogs are informal which refers to discussions and chatting with others.  On the other hand, formal deals with preparation, presentations, and internet research.  The slideshow also explains that informal education is a more successful way to transfer knowledge.  Blogs also incorporate the use of images and reflects the type of individuals who use blogs because they constantly interact with images such as videos, pictures, and the like rather than text.  Finally, the slideshow finishes with one final advantage:  The use of blogs reduce costs.  Where the cost of taking an exam includes the room, pencils, paper, etc. Blogs do not require that because they are already there and are at the students complete disposal.  Yet one problem is a lot people fear change from their current status of how they are being educated.

Slide Show # 2

Blogging in Education is a relatively short slide show which first briefly discusses blogging as a web log where the author can write, receive comments, and have discussions on certain topics.  It also discusses that there are many types of blogs.  For example, there are personal blogs such as vacations and there are narrowly focused blogs such as celebrity gossip and professional topics.  Then the slide show discusses who blogs and lists statistics such as 8 million American Adults blog, 27% of internet users read blogs, and 12% of internet users post comments.  Next, the slide show relates blogs in education where it compares teacher and student uses of blogs.  For example, teachers use teacher webpages, they use blogging for instructional purposes, homework, and classroom news for parents where they let them know how their child is doing in class, what he or she needs to improve whether it be academically or behavioral.  Students use blogs for writing journal entries, writing reports, and interacting with other students through activities assigned by the teacher.  Finally, the slide show finishes up the presentation with blogging examples such as those that teachers use for their classroom and then different blogging services which are available to students and teachers.

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