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Blogs won’t be here forever

Something from Will Richardson’s presentation last week at the MACUL conference is worth taking a closer look at.

He stated that blogs might go away, but the idea behind blogs will not.   What is the “idea behind blogs?”  It’s the same idea that proponents of more student writing have said before…authentic audiences motivate students to write.  What makes student blogs different (better?) is that the authentic audience has the potential of being millions of people.  Not just a few parents or the local Rotary Club, but millions of people with incredibly diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Politicians often rationalize technology initiatives by saying “We’re educating our students for the future, they need to know how to use technology for their future professions.  It’s not the technology that they need to know how to use.  They can use it already…a lot better than your local representative.  The connections and community-building that can occur within student blogs is what they need to know how to do.

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