Friday, October 07, 2005

Blogging as a Teaching Tool

I found this interesting article about using blogging as a teaching tool. The author uses student examples to prove his points. Here are some excerpts that caught my attention:

"Because Web logs are rooted in writing, their appeal to composition teachers and students is obvious. They enable the easy creation of almost limitless reams of digital paper that support drafting, feedback, revision, and publication in ways that traditional paper simply cannot support."

"For one thing, asking students to articulate their thoughts in writing for publication in the Web log gave them an opportunity to develop their ideas."

"Another obvious result of the Web log was that it gave more-reticent students a chance to enter the conversation."

"Students were also able to offer their own creative interpretations of the work, and some of the responses to those works showed a great deal of attention to the detail of the artist."

"Without question, however, one of the most powerful aspects of the Web log is the interaction it allows from outside audiences, in this case, the author, Sue Monk Kidd. Because we were among the first to study the book, I contacted her publicist to see if she might be interested in joining our Web log discussion. To my amazement, she agreed to respond directly to some of my students' questions...The author's ability to easily interact with my students in the Web log gave us a unique opportunity for a richer understanding of the work. "

How amazing is that? An author communicating real-time with students who are reading her book? We never did anything like that when I was in school!


At 3:08 PM, October 07, 2005, Anonymous Joe P said...

I see you have found the prolific Will Richardson. Like David Warlick, he has great insight and energy... His blog is called Weblogg-ed


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