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ERIC Number: EJ832257
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0192-592X
The Prose of Blogging (and a Few Cons, Too)
Ramaswami, Rama
T.H.E. Journal, v35 n11 p21-25 Nov 2008
"Blogging for the sake of blogging is fine, but what is the value added?" That's a question educational blogging advocates are now coming around to answer, and the value they're finding may seem preposterous to those who associate blogging with barely literate loudmouths and cyber predators. Can this often belligerent wasteland of poor punctuation and indiscernible structure actually help develop better student writers? In this article, the author discusses that several educators are beginning to demonstrate it can. Barry Bachenheimer, director of instructional services for Caldwell-West Caldwell Public Schools in New Jersey, showed in his study that blogging can improve students' writing skills by making them write more frequently and comment on one another's work. Bachenheimer's findings were expanded upon by a study involving University of Florida preservice teachers and published last year in the "Electronic Journal for the Integration of Technology in Education." "Collaborative Blogging as a Means to Develop Elementary Expository Writing Skills," which examined the effects of collaboration via blogs between the preservice teachers and third-grade students at a west central Florida school, provided evidence that blogging has positive effects on student writing.
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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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Identifiers - Location: Florida; New Jersey