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Blogging Exercise

UThink, "the largest academic blogging tool in North America," is maintained by the University Libraries and enables University instructors, students and staff to create, contribute to and view blogs. The purpose of this exercise is to discover some educational uses of blogs through an exploration of UThink.

Assignment

1. To go to UThink, follow this link (page will open up in another tab or window).

Two suggested ways to explore UThink blogs: 1) On the front page in the middle you'll see "Recent Entries on UThink." Click on any link to see the entry and its blog. For a preview of the entry, scroll over the entry title 2) Search UThink using the keyword of your choice (upper right corner)

2. Take a few minutes to peruse the blog. Take note of entries, comments, layout, blogrolls and categories.
3. Post a comment to this entry, including the URL of blog you read and a few words about what it is. (Click "comments" underneath this entry, in the lower right corner.)
4. Be prepared to discuss with the group any comments you have about educational uses of blogs based on your observations, or any questions you have about educational uses of blogs.

Comments

Some are used to simply post assignments. Some are based around personal interests and experiences and some are centered around causes...whether living right or fighting for the rights of others in different countries. As an educational tool, I think a blog can be used kind of like a research tool or what we call a webquest. It can really help to build a sense of ownership for students in the collective learning process.

Lots of stuff about beautiful Costa Rica, some not that good; I can see the need for a coordinator, in order to insure accurate info...

Lots of stuff about beautiful Costa Rica, some not that good; I can see the need for a coordinator, in order to insure accurate info...

There is lots of stuff about Costa Rica in the TicosLand web directory.