Blogs in schools

typeingeditEarlier this week I read and researched on scholarly blogs and one question emerged that I wanted to go into more detail. If blogs are scholarly how come they aren’t used in institutions, such as college, more regularly? Before this class I didn’t know a thing about blogs. Here is a Prezi about my vision of a way to incorporate the uses of blogs to help further higher education education. In short, I think that by incorporating a blog format along with D2L alot of the flaws presented could be fixed.

Scholarly blogs are about externalizing thoughts to further ideas through collaboration and commentary. By reading each other’s work, seeing the different sides debated academically, we gain knowledge in discussions that we might not have encountered before without the access that blogs allow us to have. As we enter into a tech savy age we need to use the advantages to stay on top of the game.

This is interesting to view from a teachers perspective. A student is only as good as the teacher, in order for us to be prepared in a competitive world we need to be introduced to emerging technologies. Every situation is different, but I’ve sat in too many classes where the students usually help the teacher set up a video or powerpoint because they are not used to the electronical devices up front even if it’s just a DVD. In the previous link, the writer suggests that students will surpass their teachers in technology since they will have more hands on experience but it also states that it is the teachers responsibility to as well to stay on top of these things as well. A good example is the use of Spark Notes, too many kids jump to that sight instead of reading material themselves, and I’ve been guilty of that before too. In order to have a strong group of students we need emphasis on, for example, the uses of blogs in education instead of being bored to death by the bulletin board that no one really goes on anyways.

After thinking about this information for a while I was curious to see what new technology was being used in our local schools and I was able to interview a 7th grade girl who goes to Bemidji Middle School on this topic.

Q: Do you use any digital textbooks for any of your classes? Do you like using them? Or would you prefer just to have a real book in front of you?

A: Yes, we have our math books all online now so we just usually leave the textbooks at the school. It’s nice to have them online because on the bus ride home if I want I can take out my ipod and do my math homework. It depends for the class I guess.

This sounds like a good way to save on time and money. By keeping the textbooks at the school alot of wear and tear will be saved, less damage preserves the books longer saving the school resources.

Q: Would you like it if you could keep your phones out so you can research topics on hand when ever you want?

A: Yes, but I can see alot of students abusing that, but it would be nice to be able to use them out for Language Arts classes instead of having to use the schools crappy laptops.

I remember those laptops, slow, missing keys, battery has a fifty percent chance of being charged long enough to last all class, conection issues, needs an uprade.

Q: Are there any other times students are allowed to use their phones for school?

A: Some pods allow students to have their phones out on their desks for calculators for math classes.

(Pods: Each grade has three pod. A pod has four classrooms with a science, english, math, and history teacher.)

Q: Have you ever heard of blogs before being used in any of your classes?

A: No.

I wonder if webllogs could be incorporated into the classroom and if so, how it would look. Maybe as part of an elective class…

Q: Anything else about new technologies in the classroom you would like to add?

A: For science the teacher is really good at using the smart board and powerpoints that keep things interesting where as when they just scribble things on the board in like language arts it’s harder to read and pay attention

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2 thoughts on “Blogs in schools

  1. […] new technologies students will remain on top of the educational sphere. That is what led me into interviewing a 7th grader on the topic of technology in the […]

  2. mcmorgan says:

    It’s interesting that the student didn’t mention actually generating anything that they would work with further, like this, with or w/o blogs –

    > externalizing thoughts to further ideas through collaboration and commentary. By reading each other’s work, seeing the different sides debated academically, we gain knowledge in discussions that we might not have encountered before without the access that blogs allow us to have.

    The student seems to be on the receiving end of the teacher, textbook, math homework. Banking concept of learning. Are 7th graders too young for this, you think? Are they banks, and turn into something else when they hit 18?

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