Blog If You Love Learning: An Introduction to Weblogs in Education


Mark Wagner
Educational Technology and Life
mark@edtechlife.com

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Outline


Interactive Demo
  • What is a blog?
  • What is the read/write web?
  • What do these technologies mean for you and your students?
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The One-Way Web
  • Powerful resource for educators and students, but…
  • Information moves from publishers to consumers
  • Information cannot be edited
  • Read-Only Web
  • Web 1.0

The Two-Way Web
  • It is now as easy to create as it is to consume.
  • Anyone can publish, share, and change information
  • Read/Write Web
  • Web 2.0
  • This is changing our world!

Blogs
  • Web + Log = weblog or “we blog”
  • Easily created
  • Easily updated
  • If you can email, you can blog.
  • Blogs allow visitors to comment.

Educational Blogs

Subject Specific Examples

Better Blogging

Benefits
  • Engagement and Motivation
  • Context
  • Inquiry
  • Collaboration
  • Reflection and Metacognition

Additional GATE Benefits
  • Discovery and Self-Directed Learning
  • Discussion and Debate
  • Depth and Complexity
  • Continuity and Comprehensiveness
  • Ethical Standards
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Unique and Original Expressions
  • Positive Self Concepts
  • Differentiated...

Concerns

Proactive Strategies
  • Citizen Journalism and Citizen Police Work
  • Legal Protections
  • Safety Tips for Students
  • Safety Tips for Parents
  • Communication and Empathy

Reflection
  • What do you see as obstacles to your use of blogs in your class?
  • What might you do to overcome these obstacles?

Blog Search Engines:
Technorati.com
Google Blog Search

Next Steps:
RSS - http://reallysimple.wikispaces.com
Wikis - http://wikiwhileyouwork.wikispaces.com
Podcasting - http://podcastined.wikispaces.com