Saturday, June 10, 2006

Educational Value of Blogging

Judging by quality of submitted outcomes of the last week’s task, I notice that the students begun to bring much stronger ideas about use of visual representation. Also it appears that blogging has done some benefits. However, this is still early stage and I am looking forward to seeing how things develop further. I would really like to get some ideas form the class about their perception of blogging. Guys, please comment, add link to any educaitonal blog, and we all appreciate your contribution!

15 Comments:

At 3:10 PM, Blogger Chan Kit Fun said...

Dear Daniel and classmates,
If you want to learn Mandarin Chinese entirely online, you may try this blog:-
http://pienews.blogs.com/mandarin/

 
At 4:01 PM, Blogger Chan Kit Fun said...

Dear Dr. Churchill and classmates,
I agree that blogs provide an excellent opportunity for students to discuss their own ideas, share their opinions and perceptions. Besides, they also promote critical thinking, self-expression and communication skills.
Here is some useful links to comments of Blog's Educational Value:-

http://lizditz.typepad.com/i_speak_of_dreams/2005/12/schools_blogs_x_3.html


http://eideneurolearningblog.blogspot.com/2005/03/brain-of-blogger.html

Hope that they can give you a more wholistic viewpoints about the educational value of Blogs

 
At 8:12 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

Thnks for sharing that link. Loocked an dit is great! BTW, if you want your link in comment to be clickable you can use a href tag.

What might be the other possible educational applications of blogs?

 
At 1:24 AM, Blogger Maximilian Wat said...

Perceptions
Blog can promote critical thinking, self-expression and communication skills provided that the activities are participated proactively by the students. They can take part easily only if the topic is owned by the students. So the drive for students is a focus for teacher to develop.

There are highly challenging requirements for the teacher, the student and the teacher-student relationship in order to achieve the state of interaction for the construction of knowledge. The need for face to face interaction is necessary to be developed before they can discuss online.

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Look for classroom blog, we can try
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At 11:58 AM, Blogger Christina MLIM said...

As the products of traditional education and lack of condition to develop creativity and critical thinking, I think we all agreed that blog is a kind of media to facilitate discussion and thinking.

The functions of blog provided environment to user to develop beautiful and meaningful expression to the audience without sophisicated technique. The convenience eliminated the entry barriers of new comers.

I think there are a lot of tools (free of not free) that can help us for education or information transfers. To develop boundary-less education environment, it depends on whether you try or not.

 
At 1:06 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Blog = Weblog

Other than blog, Internet users can use online forums, email groups, etc to exchange ideas.

But how to capture the knowledge presented in blogs, forums and groups for future use may be a great challenge for everyone in view of the information overload nowadays. Agree?

Chris

 
At 5:15 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

Good point Chris! But I have question. How unique is blog in the context of developing dialogues and sharing amongst the member of the class?

 
At 12:27 PM, Blogger Christina MLIM said...

Blog has similar functions with online forums, email groups, etc, however, blog also equipped other functions of file and image sharings. To operate these functions, users need not sophisicated techniques.

Because class members can easy to express their ideas with texts and visuals, the environment encouraged the information exchange.

Of course, blog has the characteristic of "easy spreading", it is also the encouragement.

 
At 8:38 PM, Blogger Beryl said...

I think that blog can help to express our ideas to the public. It also allows us to display our works in different formats. It is a very good tool to share with a class of students.

Beryl

 
At 8:37 AM, Blogger Chris said...

To answer Daniel's question, let's have a look at the page below:

http://www.quepublishing.com/articles/article.asp?p=377075&seqNum=2&rl=1

In summary, blog has emerged as an online communication platform with its own technologies such as:

- Trackback/Pingback
- RSS and Atom generation
- Modifiable templating languages
- Archiving systems
- Comment systems

For learning based on the paradigm of social constructivism [1], blog can facilitate dialogues and sharing among members of the learning community with or without technical background.

Reference:
[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_constructivism#A_practical_definition_of_Social_Constructivism

 
At 2:47 PM, Blogger Keith Ma said...

I agree that blgging helps us constructing knowledge with others' all-round views and thought-provoking comments.

Blogging also helps teachers facilitating student-centred discovery learning with the students' progress and the sequence of knowledge building.

Besides, unlike individual learning, blogging lets students get unlimited linkage to information and supports from each others.

All the things we are now doing and experiencing are the advantages of blogging.

 
At 6:40 PM, Blogger Amy Kan said...

Blogging is new to me. I have a good experience in this module as I have tried to use lots of softwares which I have not used before. Blogging is a good channel for us to share our ideas and work, and even comment others work. I would recommend it to my students. I think it is beneficial to my students to a certain extent.

 
At 6:43 PM, Blogger Amy Kan said...

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At 7:43 PM, Blogger Garry Ben said...

Excellent post! this case study gives me a lot of things to think about. I think this would be nice and helpful to others. Thanks for the post.

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At 2:03 PM, Blogger Student Accomodation said...

From an education perspective the availability and ease of use of blogging software makes creating blogs a viable classroom activity and a means for teachers to communicate with other teachers. Blogs provide a communication space that teachers can utilize with students whenever there is a curriculum need to develop writing, share ideas and reflect on work being undertaken in the classroom.
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