Getting a buzz out of blogging

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About. A course based around the action research cycle, looking at the use of blogs in education.

Pedagogical content. Starting with the basic principles of blogs(tool) and blogging, this primary course looks at their use within education and how they can be used to improve teaching and learning. The focus is particularly on blogs as an ICT(i) tool for collaboration(ta) which encourages the effective use of reasoning(ta) and language(ta). The unit also discusses practical elements such as e-skills(topic) and copyright(topic) issues you might encounter in blogging. (edit)

Resource details
Title Getting a buzz out of blogging
Topic E-skills,  Copyright,  Blogs
Teaching approach
Learning Objectives

Professional and reflective practitioner skills

At the completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • identify opportunities for the effective use of blog supported learning activities linked to your curriculum plans,
  • reflect on, and discuss, the impact of the use of a blog on learning.

Practical skills At the completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • set up a blog including options for comments and syndicating feeds,
  • publish a blog entry and comment on other blogs,
  • incorporate text and other media on a blog page,
  • manage users (authors, reviewers etc) of a blog.

Knowledge and understanding

At the completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

  • the issues involved in selecting the appropriate blog tool for your context and intended learning purpose,
  • key copyright and e-safety issues when creating and sharing content on a blog.

Cognitive skills

At the completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • critically review the use of blogs in educational contexts and share these reviews with others,
  • discuss different ways in which blogs might be used in learning contexts in schools.
Format / structure

Various online activities.

Subject
Age of students / grade

KS3,  KS2,  Secondary,  Primary,  Higher,  KS4,  KS1,  KS5


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Other (e.g. time frame)

Duration of the course: 20 hours over eight weeks.

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