Educ 5413 Shared findings and discussion on blogging

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Responses to questions from the WebQuest on Blogs.


What common features do you notice among the blogs?
  • all have the option to post a comment
  • chronological order: most recent posts are at the top and easiest to get great
  • hyperlinks to other resources & sites
  • most info updated fequently
  • can be managed from any computer in the world with access to the Internet (cross platform)
  • they have a title
  • RSS feeds

Are there some features common to some, but not all, of the blogs?
  • links to other web pages related to the topic of the blog.
  • some are strictly topical, some are personal e.g. guy writing from Iraq -- his personal account of what was happening there; topical ones are about various products or issues e.g. blogging in education.
  • some have contact info
  • some have advertising

What primary differences you notice between the blog sites and the non-blog sites?
  • can't comment
  • other pages can link to blogs, even they aren't blogs themselves
  • blog is a discussion by an individual, whereas a non-blog page is not

What are the key characteristics of a blog?
  • reflective journal
  • can see when info added or updated
  • chronological order
  • anybody can create (provided they have access)

Are there "essential elements" of a blog?
  • topic
  • text part? only pictures? should relate to the purpose

How can we use 
blogs in education?
  • free way for communication
  • could have as a class
  • as a teacher for students
  • students for the world
  • teacher for the world
  • can be like pen pals (each person has one)
  • students can work in groups without having to meet face-to-face.Students can comment and change, as if they were right there sitting next to each other. To do this, all students in the group need to be co-owners of the blog. (another way to do this more easily is using a wiki)
  • Can pose questions -- teacher or students responding.
  • Sharing research ideas

What does RSS stand for and what is the big deal anyway?
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What the heck is a News Aggregator?
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Other issues & questions:
  • Do all bogs require commenters to say who they are or to log in?

For teaching:


How could you use blogging in your instruction?
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Would this practice benefit your students?
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What hurdles might stand in the way (of using blogging in your instruction)?
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What would it take to remove the hurdles?
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Is it worth the fight?
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