3 Key ideas from the ‘Happily blogging @ Belmore South’
#1 Blogging is a simple, yet effective tool to which allows students and teachers alike to make the most of our connectivity in the 21st century (Pericles, 2008). It is a simple to set up, easy to control and interactive (Pericles, 2008).
#2 The most powerful part of blogging is the opportunity to open up communication between the author and their audience (Pericles, 2008). This feature also provides students with an authentic audience (Pericles, 2008), something that is rarer with non-interactive technology. Having a real audience also opens up authentic learning experiences – that is, when an audience member comments on a post, the blogs author must think, potentially research, and respond in order to effectively respond to the question asked (Pericles, 2008).
#3 In order to build a quality learning environment, surrounding blogs and their use, it is critical teachers provide explicit quality criteria, high expectations and negotiate guidelines for class and personal blogs (Pericles, 2008). In order to formulate effective blogging guidelines, teachers are required to explore multiple blogs, with multiple purposes, with students (Pericles, 2008). Creation of these guidelines should ensure that only high quality material appears on the blog. By continually referring to the criteria, it should further encourage students to self-edit work thus providing authentic student led direction (Pericles, 2008).
Pericles, K. (2008). Happily blogging @ Belmore South. SCAN, 27(2), 4-6