Blog is an abbreviated term for ‘web log’. A Blog is a part of a website where a user can upload information on an ongoing basis, including texts, images, videos or even links to other blogs or websites. These posts can then be viewed by the public. The public can then comment, like or even share the blogs that they are interested in or find helpful. Blogs can be accessed on any electronic device that has internet connection, including computers, tablets and smartphones. Some top blogging websites today include; WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr. Each of these blog sites have millions of local viewer’s. Blogging is not hard to do, if you know the basic of how to use a computer. Although for the non digital people out there, each site has their own tutorials on how to create your own person or corporate blog. The sites also have ‘help’ links if you ever get stuck.
A effective way of bring technology into a classroom, could be by creating a class blog. As the students of today are digital natives, the majority of the students are very enthusiastic when it comes to incorporating technology into their classrooms. By creating a blog it allow’s the students the opportunity to improve their literacy and writing skills in a more fun and interactive manner.
Blogging is an example of computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL). This type “of learning is characterised by the sharing and construction of knowledge among participants using technology as their primary means of communication” (Howell. J, 2012. Page 29). Blogs allow individuals or groups of students to share the particular subjects they find interesting or simply understand. As each students will have strengths in different areas, you will hopefully get a range of difference posts on the class blog. The class blog could then become a great study tool for the students as they can read and follow other posts they may be less familiar with. The blog also gives the students the opportunity to ask questions and communicate with other students online.
Blogging can be a effective form of technology enhanced learning (TEL), but only if monitored closely by a teacher or supervisor. This is due to the Blogs being available to the public (which could become a danger to the participating students). The supervisors would need to keep an eye on any feedback from the public, making sure the all feedback is constructive and not rude or inappropriate. To make sure all blogs remain safe for student, as described in Howell (2012), school can now build blogs into the school website or use specific blogs designed for education purposes such as EduBlog.
Howell, J. (2012) Teaching with ICT Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity, Oxford University Press.