Blog As A Tool For Student Teachers To Express Ideas. Yoon Sook Jhee Abdul Ghani Bin Abu Raja Nor Safinas Binti Raja Harun Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris. What is blog?.
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Abdul Ghani Bin Abu
Raja Nor SafinasBinti Raja Harun
UniversitiPendidikan Sultan Idris
an online individual entry of journals in reverse chronological order in which the blogger consistently includes or posts new journals or entries (Blood, 2000 ).
The essence of blogginess lays within the raw, unpolished, authentic and individuality voice of the person who produces the journal (Winer, 2003).
The personal space reduces students’ fear in communicating ideas. Blogging allows students to make errors (Kavaliauskienè, Anusienè & Mažeikiene, 2006). It avoids the fear of being labelled (MacBride & Luehmann, 2008). Students feel relax (Ducate & Lomicka, 2008) to express themselves in the blog.
Another significant feature of blogging which is the ability to provide feedback through comment. In fact, publishing work on blog itself necessarily means inviting readers of feedbacks (Godwin-Jones, 2006).
In classroom discussion, students with better proficiency in English tend to dominate.
The Blog project
Created a network called Communicative English II. The address is www.ce2upsi.ning.com
Demonstrated to the participants on how to sign up and create a blog
Sent invitation email
Participants were asked to write about 100 words for each topic. One topic was given every week.
Participants suggested some topics that they would like to blog about. The topics were used for subsequent weeks.
A class of 30 students who were studying Communicative English II
This course is a 14-week program which involves the four language skills, namely, the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
17 of them were majoring in TESL, while the other 13 participants were majoring in Visual Communication.
A questionnaire was administered at the end of the study.
Semi structure interviews were conducted to six participants
Blog content analysis of all blog entries throughout the eight weeks
Self assessment rubrics were collected at the end of the study.
The number of entries posted
Sometimes when I faced problem, I would ask the TESL students how to write the sentence in English.(Sometimes macam saya tak tahu saya akan tanya budak-budak TESL macam mana nak tukar ayat ni dalam bentuk BI)
Secondly, blogging seemed to be the answer for spatial and temporal challenges as Participant 05, 12 and 14 described it as time-saving, unlimited, and could be done anywhere. If students do not have opportunity or time to voice out opinions in the classroom, they could still do it even after the lesson ended.
Students in UPSI are from different courses, they do not have time to sit down and discuss. Through blog, even if we do not have time, we can access Internet and blog.... Through blogging, we can combine ideas even though we do not have time, we still can do it. (Macamsetiapbudak, pelajardi UPSI nitaksama course, takadamasakalaunakduduksemejanakberbincang. Mungkinmelalui blog nisaya rasa walaupuntakadamasa, melalui Internet kamibolehmacambila-bilamasakamibolehbuka blog....Dari situ mungkinbolehbergabung ideas, macamwalaupuntakadamasa, kamiboleh, masihboleh.)
The second process involved discovering new information through reading others’ blog.
Developing ideas through comments
Actually we found lots of information when we blog. We found and produced information.I had to decide what information to include in my blog...I was independent in searching information for my blog. (Melalui blog ni, kita banyak mencari maklumat sebenarnya. Mencari dan menghasilkan maklumat.... ah sebelum saya nak ah hantar apa-apa kat blog tu kan, saya banyak decide dekat mana-mana ah maklumat yang ada....saya dah berdikari untuk cari maklumat saya sendiri untuk saya letakkan kat blog saya)
Questionnaire indicates that 53% and 30% of the participants strongly agree and agree respectively that blogging improves their general knowledge.