This article jumps into a look at the use of blogging as an educational tool, before breaking into an interesting history of blogging.
This isn’t the first time I’ve seen a discussion of the use of blogging in the classroom. In fact, this seems to be a really hot topic that has been discussed in different education arenas, including the traditional classroom and e-Learning.
As an educator and someone who has maintained a series of online personal journals and blogs, exploring this topic is very interesting. I can see and understand the arguments from various camps for and against the use of blogs in the classroom. I’ve sxeen arguments that for the blogging to be truly effective in the classroom, it will have to be restructured to something resembling a forum. I will be quite interested to see the developments that come from this.
From my own point of view, I can see the argument for blogging’s growing use in a classroom setting. Among my areas of interest in education are peer teaching and reflective learning. In a blogging atmosphere, especially if a community is implemented, students are allowed to create their own meaning from what they have learned as they post about what they have learned. Fellow students can look at each other’s blogs and start discussions through the commenting feature, fostering a discussion in an environment that has the potential to be non-threatening. Of course, I would expect that the teacher or facilitator would monitor these blogs to make sure the blogs are being used with their purposed intention and that discussions remain non-threatening and on-topic.
I think, if implemented properly, blogs can be extremely useful learning tools at any level of learning. They permit reflective learning, peer teaching, and classroom discussions; while allowing the teacher to monitor and facilitate in a less-invasive manner.