What does an educational microblogging service need?

Today we talked about the question if one would like to use microblogging in education, what would be needed to be a good educational microblogging service.
To discuss that and share some general information we used an etherpad document. And I have to admit that I was a bit surprised that instead of just thinking about the task everyone started creating content in this document. I shared the Information that we are working on this right now on twitter an so other seminar participants who can’t joint today and other twitter users joined as well. Thanks for that!

In my opinion the collected features might exclude each other sometimes, but it is a first collection and might be improved during the next weeks.

PS: During working with etherpad we discovered that there is a limitation to 8 users working on the document at the same time.

Intermediate Results at the end of the seminar: Read more »

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/ []

Engage the students


It is said that using new and fancy tools helps to attract the students and gets them to work more engaged in the class. Do you think engaging students could be enough as a reason to use twitter blogs, wikis and other stuff in school? How about students who would prefer the “traditional” way of classes?
See also the Blogpost of @Eva which deals with the same Problem…

The next task

Search for sources of how blogs 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? Please make sure to let us know where you get the text from just as in a usual paper you would write for other seminars.

There are a lot of sources on the web but maybe you’ll find some interesting things in the library too…

If you have an own idea how to use blogs that might be interesting too.

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  1. Image Source http://www.flickr.com/photos/ben-zvan-photography/468487548/ []

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