Handouts to the presentation at http://webloggedlinks.pbwiki.com. The password (if you want to edit) is rww.
There are almost 14 million active bloggers…
1.2 million posts a day…
The vast majority of educators don’t know about blogs…certainly not RSS, wikis, podcasts etc. Not only don’t they know what they are, but then they don’t know what they could do with them with their students.
The use of blogs is to teach kids to teach others…the content that they are absorbing. There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence, but nothing quantitative. What are the benefits to blogging?
Paper is worthless, it goes in the trash when the year is over. Thinking of MySpace…kids are motivated to publish information
- Writing Skills
The audience has increased and kids are thinking more about what they’re writing and reflecting upon.
- Reading Skills
Writing begins with reading
- Connective Learning
- Learning by Community Building
Is the blog future bright? What’s going to happen with them? There are a lot of obstacles:
- Fear (of Technology)
Solution: Better teacher training (new and old)
- Fear (Safety)
Solution: Education specific tools
- Fear (of Change)
Solution: Small Steps (Read blogs)
- Lack of Research
- Lack of Support
Solution: Easy Tools and Hosting
So what is the future? Web publishing is not going away. If you have access, you can learning anything you want to learn.
Personal Learning Environments (PLEs)…Elgg, Moodle, others
Blogs might go away, but the idea behind blogs will not…
Whew! Good presentation, time for comments.