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Showcasing blogs as a tool. Lin Armstrong. What is a blog?. A web page that is like a diary on the internet. It allows people to post their thoughts, ideas, feelings, and photos onto the internet. Anyone can read a blog and make comments.

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What is a blog
What is a blog?

  • A web page that is like a diary on the internet.

  • It allows people to post their thoughts, ideas, feelings, and photos onto the internet.

  • Anyone can read a blog and make comments.

  • “unedited, published voice of the people” (Winer, 2003)

  • Winer, D. (2003). What makes a weblog a weblog?” Weblogs at Harvard Law. Retrieved September 5, 2006 from http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/whatMakesAWeblogAWeblog


My blog
My blog

  • linarmstrong@blogspot.com

  • My other blog at posperous.com


Tried
Tried

www.blogger.com

www.edublogs.com

www.livejournal.com

warwickblogs.ac.uk

Blogs on moodle


Blogging at nwhc
Blogging at NWHC

  • First year students

  • Blended classroom experiment

  • co-worked with library

  • Blogger.com free

  • Module booklet alerted students to topics

  • No set words

  • No set styles

  • Blogger award each term


Why use blogs students said
Why use blogs? Students said..

  • It sets information into my own head and helps my memory .Every thing I have blogged I have remembered.

  • Reflection on my findings and it gives structure to save the stuff I have seen

  • It has made my learning concrete

  • I liked doing it because I only did stuff I was interested in

  • It is a good way to nick a load of stuff off other people’s blog


Why use blogs
Why use blogs?

  • I enjoy it for my own benefit it is private and I write how I speak

  • I like to look back and reflect how I have gone through stress and transitions. I don’t look at others.

  • It is good for knowledge on your own terms –dumbing it down.


Why use blogs1
Why use blogs?

  • Autonomy

  • Voices

  • Comprehensible Input

  • Bridge to context of the course

  • Connectivity

  • Vygotski & the ZPD

  • Motivation

  • Communicative

  • Authenticity

  • Lived Experience


Problems with blogging students said
Problems with blogging students said…

  • Overwhelmingly it is time

  • It is an added pressure to the coursework

  • No one checks so there is no feedback

  • No instant answers like face book

  • Doesn’t enhance learning

  • Does nothing for my learning style as I don’t like to type

  • Privacy is a big issue for me ,I don’t know who is following me or reading what I write

  • The tutor can snoop on me and find I am not very accademic


Zoning in on the zpd
Zoning in on the ZPD

  • Learning is taking place in the Zone of Proximal Development which Vygotsky defines as:

    . . . the distance between the actual developmental level as determined by independent problem solving and the level of potential development as determined through problem solving under adult guidance or incollaboration with more capable peers.

    (Mind in Society, page 86 – italics mine)

  • Vygotsky, L.S. (1978). Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes. Harvard University Press: Cambridge, Massachus


Paulo freire
Paulo Freire

I have always insisted that words used in organizing a literacy program come from the world universe of the people who are learning, expressing the actual language, their anxieties, fears, demands, dreams. Words should be laden with the meaning of the people’s existential experience, and not of the teacher’s experience.

Freire, Paulo. (1983). The importance of the act of reading. Journal of Education 165 (1): 5 – 11.

  • Freire, Paulo. (1983). The importance of the act of reading. Journal of Education 165 (1): 5 – 11


What did they blog about
What did they blog about?

  • Some blogs from the class.




Reactions to blogs
Reactions to blogs

  • I just say whatever I want, which is good.


Showcasing blogs as a tool

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