the educated blogger

Friday, October 28, 2005

this is just the beginning

In an article published in the Journal of Education for Business, Zane K. Quible explains how useful blogs are becoming in the area of written business courses. Aside from giving ample information on the concrete applications of blogging in the area of teaching how to write in the world of business, he mentions how despite the explosion of the number of blogs worldwide in a number of domains, the use of blogs in the classroom is comparatively small - perhaps because teachers are not quite sure how to use them in the classroom; maybe it is just because this is just the beginning - this is a relatively new tool, and its use in a classroom environment will soon be quite prevalent, but like with most everything, it takes a little bit of time; after all, it seems like quite an investment in terms of time, energy, designing projects and activities, and of course, money in the technology involved - patience is a must, it will surely happen sooner than we think!
The author mentions also the case of the University of Minnesota which in April of 2004 announced plans to "offer free blogs to the university community" (Albans, 2004, p.18) I would love to hear what the results are.
By the way, the article I mentioned is "Blogs and Written Communication Courses: A Perfect Union" by Zane K. Quible, published in Journal of Education for Buseniess, Washington, Jul/Aug 2005. Vol 80, Iss 6, pg. 327.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

a timely find

I apologize once again for not being able to do this properly; I will, yet again, give you the URL instead of linking properly to these two finds; nevertheless, I think they are really worthwhile: first, the Sch0ol Technology Leadership at http://, where I was able to read several of the postings, one of which recommended another weblog, Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, where he gives us what seem like very helpful insights into the design and usability of weblogs
I must say, I was a little alarmed when I reached the section 10 of his list, in which he talks about Having a Domain Name Owned by a Weblog Service - is this something we should be worried about? (most probably not- at this stage anyway...)

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

An enthusiastic, positive and altogether wonderful example of the use of blogging in the field of education is that of EduBlog Insights, which I loved looking at. Since I cannot manage to do this otherwise, I will give you the URL:
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did

Monday, October 24, 2005

I just finished reading an interesting article by Odvard Egil Dyrli, published in "District Administration", Oct 2005, Vol 41, Issue 10, p69. The title of the article is "The Online Edge" and the author writes about the increasing use of blogs by internet users, and how it has thus become a wonderful vehicle for communication for the K-12 population. The fact that internet users are no longer passive recipients of information, but more and more active participants; it is only natural that teachers will become also users of this possibility as a teaching tool. The article includes a list of sources for consultation that I am looking forward to looking into - and sharing with you!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Continuing with my tour of the weblogs listed in the article by Laurel Clyde, I just spent some time on "EBN: Educational Bloggers Network" which is dedicated to inform educators about the possibilities of blogging and integrating this resource into the academic field. This is a must for anyone interested in weblogging in education. It is well organized, informative, and extremely helpful, so I would highly recommend it!
Also, someone had posted the news of a new blog launched by Walter Minkel, the columnist from School Library Journal, "The Monkey Speaks", "a blog for librarians of all stripes who work with children, parents/caregivers, K-12 teachers, and teens" - very exciting!!!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

a great blog

I am planning on visiting the numerous blogs mentioned by Mr. Clyde in his article, so you can consider them if they fit your needs. I started with a very interesting one, in which a highschool librarian reviews books for, or appropriate for, teens. This blog lists many, many books and comments on them, rates them and shares her thoughts and impressions - all in all, a very helpful blog!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

"Educational Blogging" by Laurel A. Clyde

In the Feb. 1, 2005 issue of Teacher Librarian an article on blogging in education was published that offers very useful information. Weblogs applied to education can be used as material fostering professional development and the transmission of information - teachers can discuss topics of interest, sources and materials that may be helpful to others, or simply offer each other "moral support". On another level, weblogs can be inserted into curriculum related activities, giving students the chance to collaborate with each other, to discuss work with teachers and peers, and to voice opinions, ideas, etc. (not to mention publishing their work). A couple of interesting pieces of information Mr. Clyde also adds, I thought, are the following: he is proposing a draft set of criteria for evaluating weblogs that will be refined through further research; and secondly, he comments on how "teacher librarians and school libraries are almost invisible" in this environment of educational blogging, even though, as he points out "it is also a teaching and learning activity that should be supported by school libraries in the same way other teaching and learning activities are supported". I am assuming that being as it is a fairly new way of participating in the education community, the majority of teachers are still unaware or unsure of the potential and ways of taking advantage of it. It is probably a matter of time.

Monday, October 10, 2005

staying in touch

I have read about what seems like a wonderful resource for all those hope-to-be novice teachers (such as myself) who will probably need some support - a site maintained by Ms. Pam Pritchard, and elementary reading specialist in Little Miami, OH, devoted to educator weblogs: Broadening teachers' networks and giving them access to other perspectives, opinions and advice seems like an ideal resource for any teacher - especially someone just starting out!!!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

How do blogs apply in the classroom?

In the next few weeks I would like to explore the topic of using blogs in the classroom. Who are some of the teachers using them as a tool in the classroom, or more importantly, how are these teachers using blogs...