While we normally steer clear of articles referring to blogs as “a disruptive technology”, we found this short piece compelling, initially for it’s clarity on the general concept of blogging and it’s place in the media ecosystem (Why can’t Time magazine write something about blogs this simple and clear?). However, the real gem here is the summary of how blogs are being used in education: “Blogging is well ensconced in the education community. Educators in K12 and higher education are using blogging tools for:
Student logs (writing with various intentions) and portfolios
A place for students, parents, and community members to collaborate
Peer coaching environment for faculty
Classroom management tool, e.g., place for posting assignments
Knowledge management tool for compiling research logs, reference tools, policies and forms
We need to start talking about blogs more in these terms, rather than as a “daily journal” or something innocous as that. Don’t chase the form, explore the function.
Read Article on Syllabus.com