Blogs in Education
Blogs can and are being used in K – 12 settings by teachers, students as well as parents. They can use them to communicate grades, things to improve or give students prompts, ideas or tips to enhance their thinking about a subject. All-in-all they used as an outside of school means of communication that can help improve thinking of the students as well as keep parents informed.
Today, blogs are impacting classrooms in many ways. They are allowing the exchange of ideas among students and teachers as well as among teachers. Many teachers use these blog sites in order to communicate with other teachers their concerns, ideas and/or processes. Also, blog sites are used to exchange materials and lesson plans.
I feel that this could be a useful tool to communicate to fellow teachers with. Many teachers have great ideas that may work well for your classroom, this way, they can be exchanged! I also, if I were in an older classroom I would use blogs to help give the students ideas about an assignment or use it so that they can see each other’s ideas, just as the teachers are doing. They could also use blogs to exchange ideas during a group project, etc. By having the students comment on each others blogs could help this process by making students read others writing and respond with their feelings. This can also help me find the dispositions of the class in a less invasive way. Another way that I would use blogs is to communicate to the parents of my students. It would be nice to keep them informed on a more regular basis than just conference to conference. This way I can relay positive things that their student is doing well as well as give them suggestions on things they can do at home for that week. However, this idea may not work for some parents due to little access to a computer or time constraints. But in a perfect world, it would be great.