Lately, I have not been too keen on using a blog...especially in a future classroom setting. However, since kids are growing up with more technological advances, it only makes sense to teach them by using technological methods in some way or form that are relevant to modern day. So, to understand why I should even consider using a blog in my future classroom, I found a blog/article that addresses that exact question. First, the blog, "Teaching Today", explains that technology is advancing each day, so in order for teachers to relate to students, using technology in the classroom is the way to go. Next, it describes what exactly is a blog- "a Web publishing tool that allows authors to quickly and easily self-publish text, artwork, links to other blogs or Web sites, and a whole array of other content" (Teaching Today). The blog goes on, and highlights different aspects and reasons why blogging is suggested. Blogging is user-friendly and has educational benefits. "teaching Today" also addresses the "four basic functions of a blog" in-depth : Classroom Management; Collaboration; Discussions; and Student Portfolios (Teaching Today). One thing I admired about this source was that it also addressed blog risks to consider, how to prepare your own students for blogging, as well as how to start a blog. I learned quite a bit about blogging from this source. It has also changed my perspective about using a blog as a learning tool for my future students. I would even go as far to say, that I might consider using a blog in the classroom.
Teaching Today. October.2006.