Daily Archives: September 8, 2008

Educational Uses of Blogs

I searched for an article that discussed educational uses of blogs. Many of those articles dated between 2002-2006. I used Google and cuil.com. Recent dated articles were elusive. One was dated 2007. I didn’t do a cursory search. I spent at least 3 hours searching, reading, and searching some more.

Question: is the topic of educational uses of blogs passé? Is the topic so past its prime of life that nobody writes about it anymore? Is is so common in today’s classroom that folks have moved on to other more pressing/interesting/pertinent topics?

I did find a site that listed the top 100 educational sites (written in 2006). While this was not an article, it did expand my understanding of how blogs have been used:

  • expounding on the the latest news in education
  • discussing education policy
  • research (supposed to be research-based or library based but the ones I checked were musing of librarians)
  • presenting issues facing teacher

In my travels around the Internet, I discovered several interesting uses of blogs. One was an article that talked about how a Russian hostage talked via a cellphone to a friend about his hostage experiece as it happened. The friend then immediately wrote on her blog what her friend told her (Russians held hostage .)

One site talked about using a blog for semester abroad students to share information about their experiences and to stay in touch with family members.

I saw a blog for law students who posted their reading notes and organized ther ideas before and after seminar discussions.

One comment from my reading that jumped out at me was that classroom usage of blogs was ‘only limited by your imagination.’

While that may be true, just how educationally sound might those imaginative uses be?

Can I expand or improve?  Here’s an idea.  What would it be like to use a blog to network college students with professionals in the field?  Where the students post ideas or solutions or suggestions and get feedback from the professional?

Might be worth a try.

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Why I Signed Up For This Course

Because my boss suggested I take this class.

Because I am extremely interested in Web 2.0 technologies.

Because I want to see if there are Web 2.0 technologies that I am not familiar with.

Because I am stymied about how we (meaning my office – The Center for Teaching and Learning) can get BYU faculty on board using some of the Web 2.0 technologies.  Maybe this class will shed some light in that area.

Because I would like to know how BYU was able to woo Dr. David Wiley away from USU.