Happy 10th Birthday of the Weblog

According to Wikipedia, December 17th, 2007 marks the 10th birthday of the Weblog. To celebrate the 10th birthday of blogging, Steve Hargadon, the creator of Classroom 2.0, has created a blog site to celebrate blogging and its impact on education and learning. The blog site is called Celebrating Educational Blogging.

I think this is an interesting idea. Blogging is one of the most widely adopted Web 2.0 tools. I started this blog “Tech Learning” 6 months ago and think educational blogging opens the classroom walls. I see blogging as a vehicle for dialogue. It allows me to discuss the current issues of educational technology and share my thoughts and reflections with my students as well as the general public. I am interested to hear others’ comments and reflections on educational blogging. This makes learning “real life” and meaningful.

So, please join Steve Hargadon in celebration of blogging and the effects that its had on the educational process by leaving your comments at the Celebrating Educational Blogging. Also, you can leave your comments by recording your audio/video/text on the VoiceThread at http://voicethread.com/share/33484/.

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About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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4 Responses to Happy 10th Birthday of the Weblog

  1. Christopher Tisdale says:

    I think blogs are a very powerful tool as far as providing resources, communicating with others in different parts of the world, and providing a way to express opinions on many different topics. I think blogs are on the rise in education today. In the near future, I think more educators will use blogs within their classrooms. I think blogs can be used in many areas of study. For example, in an English class the teacher can take a quote from a piece of literature, post it to a website, and have students analyze the quote and write their opinions on the author’s purpose. The teacher can also open the blog up to the public and students may view other people’s ideas about the subject matter.

    I am in the process of creating a blog for my Computer Applications classes, and I am very excited about the students accessing notes from the website, writing their opinions on different technologies out there, or commenting on a Lesson that was discussed in class. I also look at blogging as a way to help me improve instruction. I would love for the students to comment on the instruction; this will only help me become a better educator.

    I am very excited about blogs because I am doing a research paper on the topic and my focus is how to incorporate this technology into education. I want to inform people of this technology by covering what weblogs are, how they are being used in education, the safety issues of using this technology, the pros and cons of weblogs, how one can incorporate this technology into the classroom, and the different types of programs out there to help teachers that are not technology gurus. I also want to discuss whether this approach is enhancing learning or is a distraction to learning.

  2. Amy Thornton says:

    It is amazing to me that blogging has been around for over 10 years now. I think is such a great educational tool. Unfortunately, many educators have still not discovered it as such yet. I speak to many instructors who don’t even know what a blog is. Students use terms like this all of the time, but often their instructors do not understand what these terms mean. Since they don’t understand what they are all about, they are afraid to implement them as an educational tool. They are afraid to give students this type of open access to express their feelings and opinions.

    Blogs can really have a huge impact on what students learn in class. It can give them the opportunity to express themselves in a way that allows for them to enhance their writing skills. For students who are shy about speaking up in class, this can also help by giving them another forum to express their views as well.

    Blogging can be used for collaboration. Students can each create their own blog about different topics and their peers will have the opportunity to comment on each other’s blog postings. I think it is a lot easier for students to feel more comfortable commenting on each other’s ideas when they are not having to look them in the eye as they do in class.

    Blogging can also be used for class and learning reflection. Students can post their reflections about what they have learned in class or from a specific assignment. This can also be helpful for the instructor to gain insight into what is working for their class.

  3. 剛開始接觸blog時抱持一種新奇、觀望的態度,但是學習探索之後讓我覺得欲罷不能,因為我覺得製作Blog三步驟易學易懂,很快就能進入狀況,而且愈來愈感興趣,網路導向(隨時隨地可以更新發表自己的看法)、容易學及使用(不用熟悉或會使用HTML或FTP等語言)、不會孤單(社區blog可以連結成社群),大家隨時可以學習、交換心得或發表自己看法等。
    blog在教育上的運用日漸普及,美國哈佛大學和史丹福大學都把blog引入校園,作為學術交流工具,用途及功能琳琅滿目,難怪愈來愈多人迷上blog,在教室上可以做為教室管理、協調、討論或學生學習歷程檔案等功用,教師與學生情境高度互動,可以擴大學生學習層面,輔助教師教學,師生對話的園地,增進師生互動,使教育不再是既有知識的灌輸,而是一種知識探險,多元多樣化,是師生結伴探索未來的感性之旅。
    我非常興奮學會製作blog,因為我目前正在構思我可以運用到我在高雄醫學大學職場主管之教職員工教育訓練數位平台,讓同仁能藉由這個平台任何時間地點均可以隨時線上學習、成效驗收及發表自己心得,我在美和兼課之管理學和人力資源管理,可以將教學資料或補充教材upload讓同學參考,方便同學預習或複習及提供同學討論之公共論壇等,讓同學隨時隨地在此提問或回應,讓教室裡的討論得以深化及延伸,擴大及提昇教學效果。
    在blog 10周年慶的當下,期盼在未來能對教育有更大的貢獻。

  4. 剛開始接觸blog時抱持一種新奇、觀望的態度,但是學習探索之後讓我覺得欲罷不能,因為我覺得製作Blog三步驟易學易懂,很快就能進入狀況,而且愈來愈感興趣,網路導向(隨時隨地可以更新發表自己的看法)、容易學及使用(不用熟悉或會使用HTML或FTP等語言)、不會孤單(社區blog可以連結成社群),大家隨時可以學習、交換心得或發表自己看法等。
    blog在教育上的運用日漸普及,美國哈佛大學和史丹福大學都把blog引入校園,作為學術交流工具,用途及功能琳琅滿目,難怪愈來愈多人迷上blog,在教室上可以做為教室管理、協調、討論或學生學習歷程檔案等功用,教師與學生情境高度互動,可以擴大學生學習層面,輔助教師教學,師生對話的園地,增進師生互動,使教育不再是既有知識的灌輸,而是一種知識探險,多元多樣化,是師生結伴探索未來的感性之旅。
    我非常興奮學會製作blog,因為我目前正在構思我可以運用到我在高雄醫學大學職場主管之教職員工教育訓練數位平台,讓同仁能藉由這個平台任何時間地點均可以隨時線上學習、成效驗收及發表自己心得,我在美和兼課之管理學和人力資源管理,可以將教學資料或補充教材upload讓同學參考,方便同學預習或複習及提供同學討論之公共論壇等,讓同學隨時隨地在此提問或回應,讓教室裡的討論得以深化及延伸,擴大及提昇教學效果。
    在blog 10周年慶的當下,期盼在未來能對教育有更大的貢獻。

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