Best practices of teaching with (micro)blogging

Examples of Educational Blogging

LMS: WordPress as LMS
Classblog: Mrs. Bakers Biology Class
Another Classblog: Class 8d
Courseblog: Coming of Age
Knowledge sharing: Weiterbildungsblog
self reflective: Examensblog

EduBlog Awards

University Blogfarms

EPB Uni-Hamburg
ZMML Uni Bremen
FU-Berlin

Twitter for Teachong

Teaching History with twitter

Just Ideas

25 ways to teach with Twitter by Sonja Cole

Please share additional Links in the comments!

Questions about Educational Blogging

In a Blogpost related to Task#4 Catha talks about one specific way how blogs can be used in Education.

“Create a blog where students describe a typical day at school. Invite other same aged students from different global locations to contribute the same type of information on the same blog. Let students ask questions and leave comments to gain cultural awareness. Students can then begin to share/compare thematic units being learned, novels being read, field trips being taken, etc.”1

In her opinion this is

“…very interesting for students, because in this manner they have the opportunity to learn a lot about other cultures and the way other students learn at school. The best is to be connected with students all around the world. Because the bigger the distance between the locations of the schools is the more interesting and exciting the project is.”2

That sound nice and interesting for me but iI have to admit that it sounds a bit like theory to me that the students could keep in touch by using the blog – but maybe I am wrong.

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I think Sabine is asking good questions in her blog:

  • How can adults be «taught‚Äù to use the internet not like classical media?
  • How do have educational blogs to be changed to increase active participation ‚Äì and I talk only about comments and discussions?
  • What are the fears of adults to write a blog? How can they be reduced?
  • How does a virtual learning environment look like which motivates adults to write an own blog or even participate at all?
  • What does adults motivate to share their thoughts and learning experiences?

After you have some experiences now in educational blogging and as at least some of you also faced problems like the ones named above we should discuss all that. In the seminar and in this Blogentry/Comments/Trackbacks.
What are your answers to the above questions? Have you read anything about barriers and/or resistance in this context?

  1. http://web20intheclassroom.blogspot.com/2008/10/ways-to-use-blogs-in-your-classroom-and.html []
  2. http://caravirtual.wordpress.com/2009/05/11/task-4-one-of-33-ways-on-how-to-use-blogs-in-education/ []
  3. Image Source:http://www.flickr.com/photos/eleaf/2536358399/ []

How to use Blogs in Education

You might have read about the different possibilites to use Blogs in the Classrom or in Education in general. The Web 2.0 in the Classroom Blog lists 33 ways on how to use blogs in education. Please select one way or describe a new one which you like best and connect it to any educational theory.
Please remember to create your references like in usual scientific papers.

Tweeducation?

Since there are still a lot of blogs without any results of your research about articles on blogs in education I am asking myself if I gave you all necessary information!?
May be it’s just the lack of a propper deadline and/or the good weather…
So both tasks, the one from last week and this one should be done before next thuesday – our next seminar session.
So you new task is – guess what – search for sources of how microblogging (e.g.) can be used in school/education to support learning. Quote the most interesting parts in a blogentry and add your own thoughts. What ist good/useful and what should be improved within this concept?
Pretty well known are the Papers from Holotescu&Grosseck1, Eber&Schiefner2 which could be a starting point but there are more papers and articles outside…

Have a nice week and see you next thuesday in the seminar!

  1. Can we use Twitter for educational activities? []
  2. Microblogging – more than fun? []

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