Talking to the darkness

Use blogs in Education – Why?

I have been looking round at other blogs and search blogs in education But they are not ‘blogs in’ but ‘blogs about’ education. What I was looking for was ideas and examples of how blogs have been used but so far have found nothing. There are blogs by teachers about teaching. There are those offering advice. There are those offering support and technology for a price. I have read anecdotal evidence that students do not immediatly respond to writing a blog.

At this point I gave up trying to find a blog by a student. I will try again tomorrow.

Oh no.. Arnold S on no more text books all on line. Help! How short-sited we all learn in different ways and not all children, or people, learn best online.

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2 responses

  1. What sort of blogs are you looking for? Southampton have some they make (easily) visible: http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/admissions/ug/blogs/andy_baker.php
    Other sites that have a lot of students’ blogs are sites like Eduspaces & Edublogs – though in both cases you have to read them to work out if they’re student/staff.

    I think that quite often blogs that students are compelled to keep (e.g. for marking) are often behind Uni etc., firewalls, so harder to get hold of.

    In the past, I’ve seen several by teachers on teaching practice, so guess they’re really the “student” at that time. (Can’t remember the URLs now)

    I agree that studnets aren’t always that keen on keeping blogs, though don’t think there’s any *less* motivation for blogs vs. other types of diaries (and also blogs vs. anything else they know isn’t going to “Be in the Exam”.)

    June 10, 2009 at 11:46 am

  2. Shaku

    Hmm – I have read blogs by people in education but they aren’t springing immediately to mind. There are websites – like fossweb in the states which aren’t so much blogs as huge joint pools of resources and energy – perhaps we shouldn’t get too hung up on the blog format…?

    June 12, 2009 at 9:52 am

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