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Blogging in Education-SDUSD

April 4, 2012

Blogging in Education is an interesting web article that explains blogging in an easy-to-understand way.  The article begins by explaining that blogging is similar to a journal or diary entry where writers are able to write about practically anything and once published, this “web log” can be commented on and be the basis of discussions.  The author of this article gives the name for blogging as “connective writing” where the blogger can publish creative writing to large audiences.  The author makes the connection between blogging and literacy where blogging is about reading and writing, literacy is about reading and writing, and therefore blogging is literacy.  Then the article shifts over to using blogging in the classroom in that it is good to have blogging in the classroom because blogging promotes critical and analytical thinking, creative and intuitive thinking, is a good medium for exposing quality information, and it creates social interaction.   Next, the article briefly discusses three different types of blogs: The tutor blog, class blog, and the learner blog.  The teacher is in charge of the tutor blog and the content of this type of blog includes syllabus information, course information, homework, assignments, and others.  The class blog is shared among the teachers and students. This type of blog includes collaborative discussion and is used as an extension to the classroom itself.  Lastly, the learner blog requires a great deal from the teacher to be set up and ready to go.  However, of the three, this blog is the most rewarding in that each student receives their own blog and can post comments on one another’s blog.  Next the article gives several different links/examples of blog articles, blogs in education, and ethics and evaluations of blogs, directories for blogs, and recommended lists on blogs.  Finally, the article wraps up by giving a brief 6 step process to blogging in education, tutorials, aggregators, and blog hosts.

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