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  1. Blogging as an InstructionalTool November 13, 2007

  2. What is blogging? Who blogs? Why is blogging an effective choice for instruction? Is blogging safe? Where can you implement blogging in your course? How is blogging currently being used? Questions About Blogging

  3. What is Blogging? • "An easily created, easily updateable Website that allows an author (or authors) to publish instantly to the Internet from any Internet connection...comprised of reflections and conversations that in many cases are updated every day (if not three or four times a day). Blogs engage readers with ideas and questions and links. They ask readers to think and to respond. They demand interaction.” • (Richardson 17-18)

  4. Who Blogs? • Educators • Discuss teaching experiences • Share tools and ideas • Share and explore ways of using blogs in education • Classrooms • Collaborate on topics • Share information

  5. Why Blogging? • It’s a constructivist tool for learning • Expands the walls of the classroom • Archives learning • It’s a democratic tool • Enhances development of expertise • Teaches new literacies - Richardson 27-28

  6. Benefits of Blogging • Can act as a class portal • Online filing cabinet • E-portfolios • Collaborative space "Students can write about personal reactions to topics covered in class, post links, write reflectively, and summarize or annotate reading. They can use blogs for journals or as places to publish creative writing for larger audiences. The possibilities are endless.“ - Richardson 29

  7. What About Safety? • You choose the access level • Blogs can be public or private • Posts by students can be reviewed before they “go live” • Some tools are classroom blogging specific and have higher security • 21Classes.com

  8. Where to Implement? • Instead of a Discussion Board • More freedom in posting options • Different kind of collaborative space • As an outside project • Have students collaborate on an educational project • Have students create reflective blogs of their own

  9. How Blogging is Currently Being Used • Learning Objects Building Block trial • Outside reflective blogging • Collaborative space for classrooms • Supplemental information for the course • Educator reflection on teaching • Educator/specialist information on blogging in education.

  10. Work Cited Richardson, Will. Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2006. Other Sources of Information Weblogg-ed - http://www.weblogg-ed.com/ Support Blogging.com - http://supportblogging.com/ Blogs in Education - http://awd.cl.uh.edu/blog/ Educational Blogging - http://www.educause.edu/pub/er/erm04/erm0450.asp

  11. Contact Information for Instructional Design • Keith Restine, Manager Instructional DesignKRestine@twu.edu or 940.898.3232 • Alli Peterson, Senior ID Specialist APeterson@twu.edu or 940.898.3486 • Heidi Ashbaugh, ID Specialist, Health SciencesHAshbaugh@twu.edu or 940.231.3673 • Robin Bartoletti, ID Specialist, NursingRBartoletti@twu.edu or 940.231.4956 • Tracey Mac Gowan, ID Specialist, COPETMacgowan@twu.edu or 940.231.3498 • Jake McBee, ID Specialist, Arts and Sciences JMcBee@twu.edu or 940.395.0582