There seems to be quite a debate raging in the edublogosphere about classroom blogging – what it is, how to do it, and whether it can be done authentically in an educational environment or whether it is even worth pursuing as an academic goal.
I have been following this debate and scratching my head about how to best go about using the blogging spaces to which I have access with my students. As I thrash through this problem – as one who has blogged and communicated in social spaces for a few years now – I am convinced that class blogging, for my students at any rate, has improved their writing skills. Should there be more as a goal? I am not certain. I know that I do want to explore showing my students the benefits of tagging and hyperlinking as they write.
Here are some of the very interesting blog posts that I do recommend reading if you are also interested in this engaging topic:
Blogging to order and control consciousness (Wes Fryer)
Teaching Teaching Teachers (group blog – Paul Allison, Susan Ettenheim)
Asking Questions (Miguel Guhlin)
Educational Blogging with Will Richardson (Steve Hargadon)
Earlier today, I had the opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with my youngest daughter and the topic of myspace and blogging came up in the course of our conversation. I was intrigued with her use of social spaces, so I asked if she would permit me to audio capture our conversation for a podcast. She agreed.
When asked about class blogging, Meg responded that it would be something that she would probably enjoy – as long as it was in a safe “walled garden” environment.
Please listen as Meg, a “real” teenager, tells us how teenagers are using these online social spaces.
This is also my first attempt to link a podcast to my blog. Let’s see how it all works out!