From +Catherine Flippen and +Jaime Vandergrift, I found A Sixty Second Guide to the Use of Blogging in Education from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.
Blogging teaches reading and writing processes that facilitate 21st Century learning skills and literacies. This simple 5 step procedure shows how to implement a blog into your classroom and discusses the multidisciplinary approach that incorporates student blog skills with digital citizenship, quality work projects, and connected learning environments while showcasing students’ work on a global communication hub.
In Retooling the Social Studies Classroom for the Current Generation the authors study ways in which teachers in this discipline can use blogging, wikis, and digital media sharing to improve student engagement and the overall learning process. The authors believe that technology should enhance student learning, rather than be a simple replication of old ways of presenting materials, and they use as a founding principle the National Council for the Social Studies guideline that implementing technology should
“Capitalize on many students’ ubiquitous, yet social, use of such technology and demonstrate the technology’s power as a tool for learning” (National Council for Social Studies, Technology Position Statement, para 7)
I would like to use blogging as a tool to reach across disciplines, like creating links between literature and history. Different teachers can examine student’s work across subject areas, and this technique could re-inforce the material on multiple levels.
Are you using blogging in your classes to expand their research, writing and reading skill, or to create a multi-disciplinary approach to learning? It this an effective strategy?