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ERIC Number: EJ824511
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1082-5754
Don't Feed the Trolls: Using Blogs to Teach Civil Discourse
Richardson, Karen Work
Learning & Leading with Technology, v35 n7 p12-15 May 2008
Educators in K-12 and university settings have begun to embrace blogs for a variety of reasons and in a variety of ways. Blogging provides technical advantages that paper diaries do not, including the elimination of the notebooks themselves and the possibility of linking to relevant materials online rather than just citing them. In addition, the use of blogs gives students the ability to read and comment on each other's drafts. Incorporating blogs into classroom discourse and curriculum-based learning offers opportunities for students to evaluate and engage in civil discourse. It also demands that teachers help their students learn and behave according to a simple yet powerful notion: Responsible, productive citizens don't always agree--but when they disagree, they always do so civilly. In this article, the author discusses how to use blogs in teaching civil discourse. (Contains 5 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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