Teachers use of blogs

I’ve been reflecting more on the NECC conference in New Orleans recently where I attended a workshop given by Bernie Dodge from Sandiego State University, well known for his work in the development of ‘webquests’. (Bernie will be presenting a workshop in webquests at the Navcon conference in Christchurch later this year)

Bernie’s session was titled “Blogs and Wikis as Webquest Tasks”. This link is worth taking a look at – there are several links from the page which illustrate how Bernie has been using blogs and wikis in his teaching, and some thoughts about the developing pedagogy behind this.

I also attended a round-table session run by Bernie and a colleague, Philip Molebash, titled “When Teachers Blog” (available here as a downloadable pdf). Bernie and Philip’s paper describes their experiences across two semesters of having students maintain a blog as a personal journal as part of their course in teaching English. I must admit I was a bit disappointed in this session – seemed that the rationale for using the blogs was a bit “thin” (why would you expect students to keep a journal online when we’ve not been successful in doing it to any great extent on paper??) – and the statistical representation of the research also left me unconvinced given the low sample rate. I’d be interested to hear what others think having read his paper.

2 thoughts on “Teachers use of blogs

  1. I wonder if any pre-service teacher education providers in NZ have tried blogging with their students. Some recents articles I have read lately have been about reflective practice. They indicate that critical reflection is a skill that pre-service teachers find difficult to do and needs to be developed.

    There are many methods and approaches for narrative forms of inquiry that have been written about and promoted for teachers and preservice teachers. This is an interesting research project – anything published about it yet? Are there any other articles about blogging as a method of reflective practice in teacher PD or anything within the NZ context?

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