ERIC Number: EJ704748
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb-1
Content Delivery in the "Blogosphere"
Ferdig, Richard E.; Trammell, Kaye D.
T.H.E. Journal, v31 n7 p12 Feb 2004
The interest in new media for teaching and learning has highlighted the potential of innovative software and hardware for education. This has included laptops, hand-helds, wireless systems and Web-based learning environments. Most recently, however, this interest has focused on blogs and blogging. Weblogs, or blogs, are Web pages often likened to online personal journals. They are noted for being the "unedited, published voice of the people". Blogging is writing personal thoughts into the blog, and the "blogosphere," a term coined by William Quick (2001), is the "intellectual cyberspace" that bloggers (i.e., those who blog) occupy. While a few educators have already started using blogs in the classroom, more have focused on the potential of blogging in teaching and learning (Shachtman 2002; Embrey 2002). For instance, some claim that blogs may further democratize the Internet, addressing some of the concerns under girding the digital divide (Carroll 2003). In this article, the authors describe the pedagogy behind blogs. They also address the reasons why blogs should be used as one of many teaching and learning tools, as well as describe the potential benefits of blogs for educators. Drawing on their own research and teaching, they will conclude with specific strategies for using blogs in the classroom.
Descriptors: Internet, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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