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Poling, Catharine
March 2005
Learning & Leading with Technology;Mar2005, Vol. 32 Issue 6, p12
This article looks at the use of weblogs in education. Weblogs or blogs are emerging all over the Internet, but their introduction into the educational arena affords this communication tool a new format and set of users. Generally, blogs have been considered a personal online journal where outside users can comment on an individual's postings. Blogging as a classroom application allows for enhanced comprehension and communication among students as well as the ability to build deeper understanding across the curriculum. Creating a collaborative learning community brings a whole new life to blogging. Using this forum for teacher-student, teacher-teacher, and student-student communication helps build an awareness and understanding of blogs and how they can benefit the instructional program of a school. Educators want their students to be excited to learn and participate in class activities. Effective use of this technology, by bringing children and adults together in an online setting to build communication and deeper understanding, motives children to learn and grow. The classroom model of blogging, when used appropriately, helps build communication and collaboration among students. Classroom blogging can take place in a laboratory setting or on classroom computers where students use a rotation or sign-up schedule.


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