Archive for January 2006

To Blog or Not to Blog?

January 31, 2006

Blogging is becoming increasingly more popular, not just with high school and college students, but with educators as well. However, I have never been one to just “jump on the bandwagon” without seeing a need or a reason for something. So this brings up the question, what is the benefit for educators of using blogs in class? I think some of the greatest benefits are ingrained in the basic concept of blogging – thinking, reflecting, writing and recognizing connections. Having students (and educators) read and comment on blogs allows them the opportunity to take a stance on current issues, to voice their thought process, to support their ideas, and to learn in the process. Having students (and educators) manage and compose their own blogs gets them writing and fosters reflection; it also affords them the opportunity to recognize and illustrate connections to other blogs and/or sites online by imbedding links within postings. Blogging allows the classroom to go global by allowing those outside of the classroom to infuse their ideas into the classroom environment which is scary to many educators. So, I guess the basic question is… is blogging in an educational setting worth it? Is it beneficial? I think so, but I would love to hear your thoughts.